Since opening its doors in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's fateful maiden voyage, Titanic Belfast has rocketed to the top of Northern Ireland's list of tourist attractions, drawing over 1 million visitors in its first year. It seems fitting that the city should host the world's largest Titanic visitor experience; after all, Belfast was where the world's most luxurious ship was built and first launched.
Today, the area of Belfast Harbor that once housed the RMS Titanic has been renamed the Titanic Quarter and is dominated by the towering silver façade of the Titanic Belfast, a remarkable building fashioned from four ship-hull-shaped wings. The futuristic building is home to the state-of-the-art Titanic Belfast exhibition, which spreads over six floors and includes interactive discovery zones, full-scale reconstructions, real-life accounts and mind-blowing special effects.
From the first talks of building an unsinkable ship to the construction by Harland and Wolff and subsequent launch in early 20th-century Belfast, to the tragic events that unfolded on April 15, 1912, the Titanic Belfast unveils the all-too-short history of the notorious ship, step by step. Highlights include the Ocean Exploration Centre, with live links to modern underwater explorations; a display of artifacts pulled from the wreckage of the Titanic; and the luxury Titanic Banqueting Hall.