Belfast audio tour: Exploring Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

Exploring Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

Walking Tour

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30 mins
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1.2mi

About the Tour

When I was growing up in Belfast, the Titanic was something that wasn’t talked about much. There was a sense of both defiance and shame about the loss of the great ship, and the most you’d hear was a muttered “She was all right when she left here”. This all changed when James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic hit the cinemas.

This walking tour takes you right into the heart of Belfast’s dynamic Titanic Quarter. You’ll learn about the origins of the city’s shipbuilding industry, stand on the slipway where Titanic was built and hear how new industries like film and TV production are making their mark on Belfast.

Along the way, you’ll also hear stories about:

• The SS Nomadic, the last surviving ship of the White Star line, and its unique link to Titanic
• Harland & Wolff, the company who built the ship, whose former headquarters are now the Titanic Hotel
• Titanic Experience, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition
• The Glass of Thrones installations and Titanic Studios
• HMS Caroline
• The mighty Titanic Dock

This 30-minute tour starts at the entrance to W5 overlooking the Belfast Marina. There are cafes and a supermarket at the Titanic Kit sculpture, and a cafe at the Alexandra Dock which is due to re-open. If you want to visit any of the attractions along the route, check opening times and admission details.

Tour Producer

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Nicky Jones

My name is Nicky Jones and I am a qualified tour guide based in Northern Ireland. I love showing visitors the great sights of Belfast and Northern Ireland and introducing them to the best of our heritage, culture and scenery

Major Landmarks

  • Titanic Experience

  • SS Nomadic

  • Titanic Slipways

  • Glass of Thrones Installations

  • HMS Caroline

Directions to Starting Point

The Titanic Quarter is 15-20 minutes walk from Belfast City Centre and is well signposted. Cross via the Lagan Weir footbridge to get to SSE Arena and follow the riverside walkway to Titanic Quarter. You can also catch the GlIder buses on G2 route which is a circular route from the city centre to Titanic Quarter. There are public carparks but these do fill up at busy times.

The starting point is at the front of W5 entrance overlooking Belfast Marina towards the Titanic Experience.

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Places to stop along the way

It's worth stressing once again that there are several attractions along the route, such as SS Nomadic, Titanic Experience and the Titanic Hotel, It is strongly advised that you book in advance for SS Nomadic and Titanic Experience and check with the Hotel about their tours. HMS Caroline is currently closed but it would be worth checking in case it reopens.

Best time of day

Dawn to dusk. You can do the tour all year round but be aware that on wet and windy days, there's very little shelter especially on Titanic slipways and walking to HMS Caroline. It's a very safe area but be aware that it can get very busy particularly if cruise ships are visiting Belfast port. The walk is on the flat but do be aware that it's an industrial heritage area, there are remnants such as rail tracks, cobblestones, capstans and bollards. And, of course, this is part of Belfast Harbour so make sure not to get too close to the water's edge or clamber over barriers.

Precautions

No particular precautions other than beware the weather!

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