A huge renovation project turned this once-neglected waterfront wasteland into one of Belfast’s most vibrant and most-visited neighborhoods. As well as apartments and a science park, the waterfront area also features several Titanic-related attractions, most notably Titanic Belfast and the Titanic’s Dock and Pump House.
With attractions such as Titanic Belfast, the Titanic’s Dock and Pump House, SS Nomadic, and the HMS Caroline battleship all situated within the Titanic Quarter, it’s no surprise this waterfront district sees a lot of tourist footfall. Titanic walking tours go here, as do hop-on hop-off Belfast tour buses, while sightseeing cruises on the River Lagan usually pass by this area too.
Multi-day tours of Northern Ireland typically visit Belfast’s Titanic Quarter too, before venturing out to sights along the Antrim Coast, such as the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and Game of Thrones filming location.
Things to Know Before you Go
- The Titanic Quarter is a must for history buffs.
- Wear comfortable shoes if exploring on foot. Alternatively, use the Wee Tram (which operates daily from June–September, and on weekends in April and May) to get around.
- Some attractions in the Titanic Quarter, including Titanic Belfast and the Wee Tram, are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Titanic Quarter is situated on the banks of the River Lagan, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Belfast city center. Several bus routes, including the 26, 26A, 26B, 26C, 600A, and 600B, all run from near City Hall to the Titanic Quarter. Walking from the city center takes about 30 minutes. Trains also run between Belfast Central and Titanic Quarter station, which is about a 15-minute walk from the Titanic Quarter via the signposted footbridge.
When to Get There
The Titanic Quarter is busiest from June through August, when tourists flock to the city. Get there early in the day to experience it at its quietest. Sunrise and sunset provide some magical photo opportunities, with the golden sky reflecting off the water, though the quarter’s visitor attractions may not be open.
On the Titanic Trail
For anyone interested in delving into the history of the Titanic, the Titanic Quarter is the place to do it. Start with the Titanic Belfast, a comprehensive interactive exhibition that focuses on the construction, history, and tragic sinking of the famous ocean liner. You can also pay a visit to the SS Nomadic, a tender ship that carried passengers from smaller ports to the Titanic, the Harland & Wolff Drawing Office (now Titanic Hotel), and the Titanic’s Dock and Pump House, the dry dock where the finishing touches were made to the so-called “unsinkable ship.”