Belfast has become a popular city break destination.
Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and a “must see” visit in any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Since the opening of the centre in the spring of 2012 it has attracted thousands of visitors to the city and, more than two years later, interest levels still remain high. The museum is situated in the Titanic Quarter, near the spot where the ship was built, and recreates life on board as well as showing how it was built and launched. Ten galleries over six floors tell the story of of the Titanic from conception to its tragic maiden voyage and discovery at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Visitors learn about Belfast at the turn of the century as a thriving boom town and experience a dramatic presentation of the shipyards and the Titanic under construction. They can watch the launch from the slipways and explore the sumptuous luxury and superb craftsmanship of Titanic’s interiors.
Last weekend artists from all over Europe converged at the Titanic centre for the Titanic International Tattoo Convention. Titanic tattoos have are now very popular and include scenes from the well known blockbuster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and other symbols such as the Titanic Belfast building, the original Harland and Wolff drawing offices and the shipyard’s iconic cranes.
The city has many other sights worth seeing including the Albert Clock which was erected in 1865 in Gothic style to commemorate Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert. It was tall enough at 113ft, to offer an excellent vantage point for at least one enterprising sightseer to get a birds-eye view of Titanic’s launch.
The Stormont Parliament Buildings are home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland established under the Belfast Agreement 1998 (the Good Friday Agreement). The Parliament Buildings are open to the public between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday, when you can see first-hand the building and beautiful surroundings of the Stormont Estate.
Many visitors to the city also enjoy a trip to the Giant’s Causeway a magnificent geological formation on the North East coast of CountyAntrim steeped in myth and legend. The setting is a spectacular dynamic coastal landscape of Atlantic waves, rugged cliffs, secluded bays and magnificent views. The Causeway proper is a mass of basalt columns packed tightly together. Visitors can walk along the basalt columns at the edge of the sea.