A trip to Titanic Town

 

More travels! Over half term we went back to the town that birthed me – Belfast. To be sure, it’s a very welcoming place to visit:

Belfast welcome

 

 

A big highlight of our visit was the Titanic exhibition, which is housed in a purpose-built Titanic-sized building in the docks area. 

It’s also right next to Titanic Studios where they film Game of Thrones, but alas there are no public studio tours planned until at least 2014.

Belfast Titanic exhibition

 

 

The Titanic exhibition tries very hard to make it all about more than just the iceberg.

There are interactive displays and even a ride through the bowels of the ship.Belfast Titanic exhibition interior

 

 

 

But you can’t escape the inevitable when you’re talking Titanic.

Belfast Titanic

 

 

All in all this exhibition is definitely a must-see if you’re in Norn Irn.

Belfast Titanic outside

 

 

We also went to the Ulster Museum which is a great free resource. There was an interactive art work which involved children creating buildings out of lumps of sugar. And amazingly they didn’t eat any!Belfast Ulster Museum

 

 

 

The Ulster Museum is much like Brighton Museum in that it’s a blend of different exhibits reflecting both its own location and wider history. Plus a lot of random stuff like a super-creepy mummy that’s been terrifying children since forever.

And at great personal effort we visited the Crown Bar, the only pub operated by the National Trust for tourists to drink Guinness in. It’s pretty cool though, you can sit in an exquisitely carved wooden booth and peep at people.

 Belfast Crown Bar

 

Belfast has changed immeasurably since I lived there, though the Crown Bar and the Ulster Museum remain constant. Inevitably the city has had to reinvent itself and I think on this evidence it’s doing a pretty good job.

And soooo many coffee shops! No one in Belfast seems to make themselves a sandwich any more. It’s getting more like Brighton by the day.

  • It’s funny, I really fancy going to Belfast and was just talking about it the other day. This has whetted my appetite even more! I haven’t been there for about 20 years, and that was for work, so I didn’t see much.

  • I hope you get a chance to go there Sarah. I think I will plan my next trip for when the Game of Thrones studio tour starts. It’s amazing how much has changed in Belfast – when I first used to bring my partner over I had to caution him against speaking out loud on the bus because he has an English accent and it could attract trouble.

    Now I happily take my kids over and would recommend it to anybody else. Be sure to take in the Titanic exhibition if you go! There is also a good science centre called W5 that’s worth a visit.