A new building has pushed its way towards the sky in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
Drive over the Lagan Bridge or along the historic Queen’s Road in the heart of the former shipyard and you will see a stunning piece of architecture coming to life. The new Titanic visitor attraction
is creating excitement amongst the tourist trade and the public.
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Its creators describe Titanic Belfast® as a "must see" visit in any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Already, tour operators are programming it in to their 2012 schedules.
In November 2011 National Geographic identified Titanic Belfast as the main attraction for visitors to look forward to in 2012
, after naming Belfast among the world's top 20 travel destinations for the year, describing it as 'a capital city of Titanic ambition that is redefining itself in the eyes of the world.'
It is no accident that the time it will take to construct is a mirror of RMS Titanic’s build. Nor is it coincidental that the shape of architect, Eric Kuhne’s ultra-modern building resembles the hulls of four ships. The height and position of the building are also a nod to slipway number 2 where Titanic was constructed and the towering presence it exerted over Queen’s Island.
The building is clad in metal shards and when the light plays on them it looks like the movement of water. From above, the building resembles a white star, the symbol of Titanic’s operators. When finished, the visitor attraction will be surrounded by public realm, including reflecting pools and a trail which will take the visitor on a journey through Belfast’s industrial past.
Belfast has been slow to tell Titanic’s story from its point of view. It has taken nearly one hundred years for the fate of the “practically unsinkable” ship to be reconciled in the minds of the city which built her. She was sent out with such pride and yet less than two weeks after leaving her home, she was at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. While other cities around the world, some with strong Titanic connections and some with no connection at all, have built attractions, Belfast has lagged behind, almost uncertain of what to do with the story. In 2011 and 2012, the city is at a stage where it can celebrate the achievement of engineering which Titanic represents as well as telling some of the unknown stories of the men who built her and sailed on her.
Housed in an iconic, 6-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic. The visitor begins in turn of the century Belfast, to learn why this city which was once the third largest in the Empire, was so industrialised. From there, the story of Titanic’s conception is told followed by its early construction, launch, fit out and tragic maiden voyage. The story is brought up to the present with the discovery of the wreck and into the future with live links to contemporary undersea exploration. Across ten galleries, with an equal number of interactive exhibits, Titanic Belfast will convey the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the shipyard and its most famous creation.
The adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant atrium surrounded by the four high impact ‘hull’ shaped sections which house the experience. As you wander up through Titanic Belfast, you will experience a thrilling ride through the re-construction of the shipyards and the Titanic under construction. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting and modern way. At the conclusion, you can visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic. The building is designed so that visitors can enjoy breath-taking views to the slip-ways where the Titanic was launched and relax in one of the catering outlets. And if you'd like a souvenir to remind you of your trip to the home of the Titanic, there's plenty to choose from in the Titanic Store.
For corporate visitors, the spectacular banqueting suite on the fifth and sixth floors will provide elegant surroundings in a spectacular design based on the Titanic’s interiors. The banqueting rooms, the largest of which will have a capacity for 750 diners, will offer a unique and luxurious setting with first class facilities for any function at the very top of the house.
Titanic Belfast will open to the public in early April 2012. More details about the content of the galleries will be announced shortly. From those who have had a preview of some of the interactive ideas, there has been an overwhelmingly positive feedback. The attraction aims to offer a Titanic experience which combines the authentic and historical with the bang up to date. This is something which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Visitors are advised to book tickets in advance
The standard admission charges are as follows:
Book online to receive 5% discount – www.titanicbelfast.com
- Adult £13.50
- Child (5-16) £6.75
- Child (under 5) Free
- Student/Unemployed £9.50
- OAP (60+) (m-f) £9.75
- OAP (60+) (s-s) £11.50
- Family (2adults + 2 children) £34.00
- School/ Education group £5
- Group at Door (15+) £12.75
Tickets for Titanic Belfast are based on a timed ticketing with slots available every 20 minutes throughout opening times.
Tickets are also available via telephone on T: +44 28 9076 6399
Or in person at the Belfast Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast, BT1 5AD.
A £1 transaction fee applies to all card transaction
DATES & TIMES OF OPERATION:
April – September
Monday - Saturday: 9am-7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
October – March
10am – 5pm every day
Please note last admission is 1h 40m before closing time
Closed: December 24, 25, 26
Nine galleries employing a variety of interactive media including CGI, film, audio, artefacts and full-scale replicas; a high point being a Shipyard Ride though the Titanic under construction.
AVERAGE VISIT LENGTH:
GROUP BOOKINGS NECESSARY:
Yes for 15+ people
ADVANCE GROUP BOOKING CONTACT:
Tel: +44 28 9076 6376
Audio tours are available in German, Spanish, French and Italian
RESTAURANTS AT GROUND FLOOR ENTRANCE LEVEL:
- Choose from a wide range of hearty menu options in Bistro 401 restaurant featuring the very best of Northern Irish produce.
- The Galley Café offers the full Barista range, speciality teas, sandwiches and delicacies.
Titanic Belfast® flagship store offers an exclusive range of clothing, gifts and unique memorabilia, alongside a wide range of publications and contemporary products from across Northern Ireland.
520 secure, underground parking spaces.
Parking charges £1.50 for the first hour and £1 per hour thereafter.
For more info visit: http://www.titanicbelfast.com
Event Date(s) : Now Open
How to get there
Titanic Belfast Marketing
Titanic Quarter Ltd, Titanic
House, 2 Queen's Road,
is Danielle Dunbar
+44 (0)28 90766376