This is a walking tour of the centre of Belfast which focuses on the main writers associated with Belfast over the centuries, but with a definite bias towards the modern and contemporary.
Start: at Belfast City Hall
End: at Titanic Pump House
Distance: 1.5 Miles
Max group size: is 8
Minimum Group: size is 1
Meet at the front gates of Belfast’s City Hall.
This set price tour is the perfect way to discover Belfast’s Titanic and Maritime story. Your Blue Badge qualified guide will inform and entertain you as you visit various locations along the way. Discover how the ingenuity and enterprise of the Belfast shipbuilders helped the city become the most successful maritime city in the world. See the city’s most important Titanic locations where the ship was built and hear local stories of the workers and the ship.
We start our tour with a visit to the Titanic Memorial Garden in the grounds of the City Hall where you’ll hear how Belfast became the Ship Building capital of the world during the Industrial Revolution. See the names of all those who perished in the disaster and hear how the amazing story of the men who built the ship.
You’ll hear about the commercial and Industrial history of Belfast as we walk to Belfast Waterfront where you meet the Lagan River and the Beacon of Hope statue.
Next we visit the “Big Fish” where you’ll hear about the legendary giant Finn McCool and you’ll also see the Custom House and the Albert Clock, Belfast’s own “leaning Tower”.
We walk over the Lagan Weir Footbridge as we head over to the Titanic Quarter. Along the way you’ll hear about the Ship Building history of the city which dates back over 300 years.
We come to Belfast’s Marina and take in a magnificent view of the Titanic Quarter including the SSE Arena, the SS Nomadic and the Titanic Visitor Centre. There will be time to grab a coffee at stop 5.
Here you’ll be introduced to the SS Nomadic, the world’s last remaining White Star vessel which was built in Belfast and was used to transfer First Class passengers out to the Titanic in the port of Cherbourg for her maiden voyage.
We walk to the Titanic Visitor Centre which contains the biggest Titanic exhibition in the world (the tour does not include a visit to the exhibition. Can be booked online). You’ll walk on the slipways where the Titanic and her sister ship the Olympic were built side by side.
Our next stop is the Great Light, one of the largest optics of its kind ever built in the world, weighing 10 tonnes and measuring 7 metres tall, the optic is a unique maritime heritage object with significance to Belfast’s economic, maritime and industrial past.
We visit HMS Caroline, a war ship and unique survivor of The Battle of Jutland in World War One. This floating museum may be one of the many attractions you want to investigate after the walking tour ends.
We finish our tour at the Titanic Dock and Pump House. The Thompson dry dock was the largest in the world and built specifically for the Titanic. Here you can grab a snack in the Pump House before deciding if you want to enter the Dry Dock and feel it’s size and imagine what it was like to work here fitting out the Titanic. (A visit to the dry dock is not included in the tour).