Back in the early 20th century, the RMS Titanic sat in this vast 900-foot (274-meter) dock—then known as Thompson Dry Dock—while workers toiled to put the final touches on the luxurious liner. Next door, an Edwardian-era pump house, which was used to drain water from the dock, now houses original machinery and Titanic-inspired exhibits.
Having housed the Titanic in the run-up to its departure, Titanic’s Dock gives a real sense of the engineering prowess of Belfast’s ship workers as well as the enormous size of the ship itself. Visitors can embark on self-guided tours, descending 44 feet (13 meters) below ground level to the floor of the dock as well as watching rare film clips and browsing the interactive displays at the Pump-House.
Alternatively, explore the dock in the company of a guide on Titanic-themed tours of Belfast. These tours typically focus on the Titanic Quarter. Cruises on the River Lagan often float past Titanic’s Dock, while day tours to Northern Ireland from Dublin—whether to Belfast only or combining Belfast with the Antrim Coast—may include free time at the Titanic Quarter, during which participants can visit the dock and pump house independently.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House is a must for history buffs and anyone with an interest in the Titanic story.
- A café is situated within The Pump-House.
- Wheelchair access is limited, with no step-free access to the floor of the dock.
How to Get There
Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House is located in the Titanic Quarter, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Belfast city center. Walking from the city center takes 30–35 minutes. Alternatively, Translink Metro bus routes 26, 26A, 26B, and 26C all travel between Belfast City Centre and Titanic’s Dock, as does the Airport Express 600, 600A, and 600B.
When to Get There
Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House is busiest during the summer months, with peak visitor hours falling on weekends. If you do go on a Saturday or Sunday, arrive at opening time to get in ahead of the crowds.
The Titanic Legacy
For visitors who want to keep exploring the city’s shipbuilding heritage and Titanic connections, continue on to Titanic Belfast, the cutting-edge exhibition center that traces the story of the ship, from its construction to its tragic end. Visitors can also see the slipways from which the ocean liner set off on its first and last voyage and step aboard the SS Nomadic, the tender ship to the Titanic, which carried passengers to the ill-fated ship from the port in Cherbourg, France.