Titanic was one of the most famous ships in history and her memory is kept alive through numerous books, films, television adaptations, exhibitions and memorials. The Titanic centurial celebrations took place throughout April 2012, there are some must see places dedicated to Titanic to be seen on your vacation in Ireland.
Famous as the last port of call of Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage, Cobh or Queenstown as it was once known was also the last place to permit passengers aboard when 123 passengers boarded the largest passenger liner at the time in a bid to start a new life in North America. The magnificent vessel was thought of as unsinkable and on the 11th April when Titanic set sail for America, no one had anticipated the devastation that would unfold.
A visit to Cobh on your Ireland self drive vacation or as part of one of our escorted coach tours of Ireland is a must. You can explore the real stories and images of its physical connections with the Titanic and an opportunity to view the original building, streets and piers, as well as monuments, signage, museums, walking tour and interactive Titanic Experience that help to keep the memories of Titanic alive and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s journey, there will be an event series – Titanic 100 Cobh 2012 to remember and pay tribute to all who have been involved with her in Cobh, in the County of Cork in Ireland.
Events in Cobh during the centurial year will appeal to a wide audience and are happening throughout the year, with April’s programme of events looking particular spectacular and to include; An Irish Connection – a series of evening gala concerts to tell the story of the emigration and the Titanic’s connection to music, sea safari tours to take in the sights of Cork Harbour and visit the area where the last passengers boarded the Titanic, Titanic Dinner Evenings and Lunches, with replica of the 1st class menu available during Titanic's maiden voyage and a Titanic Remembrance Service.
The History of Titanic has strong associations with Ireland, not only is it famous for being the last port of call on Titanic’s maiden voyage, but it also famous for being the place to have built her, as she was built in Belfast in 1909 – 1911 by well known Harland and Wolff shipyard.
Titanic Belfast the world largest Titanic visitor experience opened on 31st March 2012. Changing the Belfast skyline, as you drive over the Lagan Bridge or along the historic Queen’s Road in the heart of the former shipyard, this phenomenal piece of architecture in the North of Ireland, is a must see on any visit, holiday or group tours to Ireland and the cause of much excitement amongst visitors and locals.
Titanic Belfast was designed to mirror Titanic’s build in shape height and positioning, with the architecture resembling the hulls of four ships. The building clad in metal shards, creates the illusion of movement of water when the light plays on them and from above it is said that the building resembles a white star, the symbol of Titanic’s operators.
Although it has taken some 100 years for this visitor attraction to come to fruition, this centurial celebration year, Belfast City is celebrating the achievement of the engineering of Titanic as well as telling some of the unknown stories of the men who built and sailed on her, the tragic maiden voyage, the undersea exploration and much more at the spectacular state of the art visitor experience - Titanic Belfast.
As well as visit the must see Titanic Belfast, there are many events, exhibitions and tours available in Belfast which can be arrange independently, as part of a group tour or one of our fantastic value chauffeur tours of Ireland.