If planning a visit to Belfast, you may have considered a trip to the World’s Largest Titanic Visitor Exhibition. And you should!
The tour is good, perhaps a little boring for relatively small people (I’d go with 7 and under, unless they have an obsession with Titanic), as due to it being a walking self guide, there’s lots to read and a good bit of walking to do.
I’d say the tour took us (2 relatively fit, young(ish)) folk about 1.5 hours to do. There is a fab ‘shipyard ride’ which involves getting in a motorised cart which guides you round a major part of the story.
We visited in May, during the week and it was pretty busy, but there were no queues and no waiting for the shipyard ride. As a lot of the reading is on walls or on interactive panels, sometimes you had to wait a bit for your turn; as the tour has been designed in a sequence, it didn’t make much sense missing a section out.
We were staying in the City Centre and had purchased a City Sightseeing bus ticket, which actually lasts for 48 hours. The bus stops right outside the Titanic Experience and picks you back up again at the same spot. If you buy your Titanic Experience ticket along with your City Sightseeing bus ticket you actually get a better price, but the Experience do offer discounts for children and students.
An adult 48 hour combo ticket for the City Sightseeing bus plus admission to the Titanic was £24.00, a saving of about £4 I think. The Titanic do have deals on at various times in the week, but the staff at the City Sightseeing office will let you know if any will apply to you.
Overall, I’d rate the Titanic Belfast an 8 out of 10. It could have done with a few extra quirky bits to liven it up a little (from a younger persons perspective), but apart from that it was pretty awesome and well worth a visit!