On the evening of April 2, 1912, the RMS Titanic left the Belfast dockyards (where she was born) and headed to Southampton to begin her maiden voyage, scheduled for an April 10th departure. She never returned to Belfast. We all know the story of the Titanic. The events of her sinking on April 15, 1912 have been kept alive through movies, books, articles and survivors’ accounts. But now that we have reached the Titanic’s centenary, Belfast has created a commemoration to her memory called Titanic Belfast
, located in the Titanic Quarter. With a visit to the Harland & Wolff shipyard included, Titanic Belfast makes the ship’s manufacture and launch come alive. Opened on March 31st, The Washington Post has reported that already 40,000 visitors have passed through the attraction in its first 12 days.
Our IgoUgo members have chronicled their Belfast
travels with photos and journals over the years and have recommended the highlights of this area. With pubs, cafés, parks and gardens, walking tours and music venues, Belfast has history and entertainment for all ages. Take a side trip to Giant’s Causeway
or stay in the city and enjoy the Ulster Museum
and Botanic Gardens
. When fizzytom
visited, she said, “Let me persuade you that Belfast has come a long way since "the Troubles" and is one of Britain's most stylish and fascinating cities with something for everyone. A place not to be missed!” With the opening of this newest attraction, Belfast and Northern Ireland will make the must-see destination lists for summer travel.
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Comment by MilwVon on April 14, 2012
There have been some wonderful television shows over the past few weeks, chronicling every aspect of the Titanic story and tragedy. I especially enjoyed the Len Goodman narrated show this week on PBS.
For anyone interested in the Titanic, in addition to Belfast, Northern Ireland where the Titanic was built, check out Southampton, England where she picked up the majority of crew and passengers. Folks may also be interested in looking into Cobh, Ireland formerly known in 1912 as Queenstown. It was from here the Titanic departed for America having picked up her final 120+ passengers.
I don't know what special events are being held in Southampton, but I am looking forward to a couple of Titanic related tours and experiences while we're in Ireland later this month. Read all about them right here on IgoUgo in May!