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Titanic & Riverboat Tour

Tour Duration: Full Day

Depart from port of Belfast

Titanic Tour

TitanicWe start at the home where chief Titanic designer, Thomas Andrews lived with his wife, Helen.  Dunallon has a beautiful wrought iron staircase and stained glass window which is said to have been the inspiration for the window in the ballroom on Titanic.   The building is now the home of the Irish Football Association and is only open during business hours.  There is a chance here to visit the IFA shop. 

From here. we enter the Titanic Quarter and learn about the slipways where Olympic and Titanic were built side by side, dominating the Belfast skyline from 1908 onwards. We see the drawing offices where the intricate designs for the ships were prepared and hear about the history of Harland and Wolff shipyard.  We also see the huge dry dock built specially for the Olympic-class liners and now referred to as the footprint of Titanic. 

Within the Northern Ireland Science Park, we see the Victorian pump house from where the dock was flooded and drained and HMS Caroline, the second oldest commissioned ship in the Royal Navy. Our tour finishes at Belfast City Hall where we hear about the 22 men from Belfast whose names are engraved on the Titanic Memorial. EXCLUSIVE features of our tour are a visit to the SS Nomadic, Titanic's tender ship, the last surviving White Star Line vessel, the H&W Drawing Offices & Titanic's Slipway (Access to Drawing Offices and Slipway.)
After Lunch

River Lagan Tour

The Lagan Tour is a scheduled 75 mins guided tour of the River Lagan from the No: 1 Jetty weir beside the Lagan Lookout Visitors Centre at Donegall Quay to Stranmillis (Cutter's Wharf) and back. This trip, which is approximately 5 miles in length, will take in some of the many famous sights of Belfast both historic and modern.

Scheduled guided Titanic tours take in the historic Harland & Wolff shipyards and the famous Titanic sites around Belfast Harbour. Although many of the riverside Harland & Wolff sheds were demolished in early 2002 and those sites/sights are now gone, their demolition has actually provided a much better view of the Titanic slipways which were previously hidden by these same sheds.

The harbour area itself has always been a romantic and mysterious place, full of interesting sights, sounds and history, an exciting place which reeks of adventure and far off places! As a busy working port, most of it has been inaccessible to the public for many years unless you were employed in the shipping or shipbuilding industries, or were a passenger aboard an incoming or outgoing ferry or liner. This tour is a unique opportunity to experience all those exciting travel urges that seem to grip your senses in such a place!

 

Retun to Belfast