Things to do | Posted 24 Jan 2012
Belfast, a city of cobblestone streets and church bells, began in 1613 when a Royal Charter was granted to Sir Arthur Chichester allowing him to expand Donegal Quay. This was the catalyst that transformed a tiny seaside village into a major port and shipbuilding center. As seagoing traffic grew, so did the expertise of Belfast boat builders. Harland and Wolff Shipyards were commissioned by the White Star Line to build the RMS Titanic, whose keel was laid in 1909. Launched in 1911, it was from this Belfast shipyard that she set sail for Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912. What better way to experience the city and explore the history of this infamous luxury liner than by taking a Titanic Tour of Belfast.

Guests on the tour will visit key sites within the Titanic Quarter that played an instrumental role in the construction of the largest moving object ever built up to that time. You’ll walk in the footsteps of the men who built this iconic ship, visit the home of Thomas Andrews, the man who designed the luxury liner and the Harland and Wolff Drawing Room where the building plans for the Titanic were drawn. Guests can view the slipways where the ship was built and the dock and pump-house that was at the center of Harland and Wolff’s operations. You will also tour the SS Nomadic, the sole remaining ship of the famous White Star Line, a vessel that was used to transport first class passenger to the Titanic. The final stop is the Titanic Memorial. This site commemorates the loss of life of those from Belfast who were aboard the Titanic that fateful night.

Add a tour of historic Belfast to your itinerary and fully immerse yourself in all that the city has to offer. With a variety of hotels in Belfast you are sure to have a great stay.

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