In the early 20th century, Belfast was a major ship-building hub. Many famous ships were built there, including the infamous Titanic. To celebrate the men and women who made these behemoths a reality, the city opened a new Titanic Experience museum in 2012 on the banks of the Lagan River. The massive complex was built in the exact spot where the Titanic and her sister ships the Olympic and the Britannic were built.
The Museum covers every aspect of the Titanic, from her building and fit-out to her maiden voyage, the fall-out from the disaster, her importance in pop culture and even the ocean explorations to recover artifacts from the ship. This last section was probably my favorite of the museum – there was a glass floor you could stand on and look down to see underwater images of the ship spliced together in a loop. It’s two miles below the surface, so this is the closest I’ll ever get to her final resting place.
In the city centre, you will also find the Titanic memorial, which commemorates the lives of the Belfast men who died in the sinking.
Title quote: partial New York Times headline, April 15, 1912. Read the full story here.