Since 2012 when the Titanic Belfast experience opened I have wanted to see it and finally I got the chance to take a look, combining it with a quick look around the city which I hadn’t done for a long time.
The exhibition, which you could call an ‘experience’, is really worth taking a look if you are in any way interested in the whole story, from the history of shipbuilding in the city right through to the aftermath of the disaster and its legacy in terms of safety at sea. It’s very tastefully and expertly done, with an outdoor installation symbolic of the scale of both the project and disaster. Unless you are a total expert when it comes to the story, you will probably learn a lot about the whole thing and the viewing window from the exhibition to the docks where the ship first set sail will really help bring it home. There’s also the SS Nomadic – the only White Star Line vessel still in existence – waiting outside for you to pay a visit. The Nomadic was built for transferring passengers and items of mail to and from the RMS Titanic and RMS Olympic.Following that part of the visit I was pleased to take a look around Belfast city centre and all of its sights. About 20 minutes of the visit was spent at the central Post Office sending a liquid-based souvenir from Titanic Belfast back home, thanks to forgetting I was flying ‘hand baggage only’. The rest of the walk around the city streets and down to the river was interesting, though (no offence to the Post Office).