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Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Co Antrim

Belfast is famous as the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic, which sank after colliding with an iceberg on her maiden voyage in 1912. What is less well-known is that also built in Belfast were her two sister ships Britannic and Olympic; all three were fine vessels. The Britannic served as a hospital ship in the First World War and the Olympic had a long and successful career as a transatlantic liner. The great Harland and Wolff shipyard employed 36,000 people at its peak, and built many other famous ships. It is now refurbishing the Nomadic, which was built here in 1911 to serve as a tender to these liners in Cherbourg, and is a museum ship in Belfast. Conducted tours of the historic “Titanic Quarter” of Belfast are very popular.

Nearest harbours: Abercorn Basin (Belfast); Bangor and Carrickfergus marinas. Trains from Bangor and Carrickfergus to Belfast.