Our Day at the Titanic Experience & SS Nomadic in Belfast

It feels a little strange writing this when some people are right in the middle of their half-term still, but ours was last week. We took a little trip over to Ireland (both Northern and Republic of) and this is the first post about what we did over there. We did a similar trip two years ago when we went to Ireland in the October half-term, but went to Cork and Killarney then. This time it was Dublin and Belfast – we had such a great time!

One of the things that we wanted to make sure that we did was go to the Titanic Experience and the SS Nomadic while we were in Belfast. We were lucky to be staying with Premier Inn right in the Titanic Quarter, so it was only a couple of minutes walk from the hotel to the two attractions that are within minutes of each other. It was the perfect spot to be, as it has been recently regenerated, and it also meant no driving around in actual Belfast itself.

The Titanic Experience Belfast has been a bucket list item for both the husband and I for quite a while, so we were so thrilled to be going to it. As with anything like this with kids, I did wonder how they would get on. It isn’t super thrilling for them (aged 4 & 6), I’ll be honest, but there were several things that made the experience much easier with them and kept their attention so we could actually read what was going on.

WATCH OUR VLOG OF THE DAY HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C3xcVYERqY&feature=youtu.be

For starters, at the entry point, you are given the choice of following a family trail with a paper and pencil for each child. They can follow along a map of the route that you take in the experience and look for different soft toys and mannequin people along the way. My two love anything like this so it worked really well. The promise of a certificate at the end of it is always a good thing too!

There were quite a few interactive things at both the SS Nomadic and Titanic Experience, like puzzles, as well as buttons to push, videos to watch, and even a ride inside the Titanic Experience that talks you through the construction of the ship itself, as that was where it was built. There were places to sit along the way too, so as far as museums go with young children, this worked out really well.

Because the kids were entertained somewhat, it meant that we could really read up about about all things Titanic, as well as how SS Nomadic was used to take people to the much larger ship in the sea. The whole thing really fascinates me, as it was just such a needless waste; it could have been avoided. The artefacts that they have, as well as quotes from survivors was so interesting to me, and it just made the whole disaster of the Titanic so much more real to me. I’m so glad that we go to go.

The cost of entrance is £18.50 for adults and £8 for children (with children under five going for free). I think what you get and for how long you can spend there, it really is good value for money. We really enjoyed our day at the two experiences and learned a lot.

Have you ever been to either of these? Have you been to Belfast before? It would be great to hear what you think.

*our entrance tickets were gifted in exchange for this content, but all words and opinions are my own. I only recommend things that we actually enjoyed, and this ticked all of the boxes for us.

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9 Comments

  1. 1st November 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Looks like a great day out. I have to say, I LOVE your pictures, the first two would look amazing on canvas – sorry, I know that’s a bit off topic but they really look great x
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  2. 2nd November 2018 / 12:40 am

    That sounds like a pretty fun day out! Never realised there was an actual titanic museum thing so that’s cool. I’d love to go to Belfast one day… would be a change to good old Wales. The photos look amazing by the way!
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  3. 2nd November 2018 / 6:41 am

    I went to Belfast last year and we did the Titanic Experience and it was so interesting so I’m glad you’ve had a chance to experience it too x

  4. 3rd November 2018 / 11:36 am

    oh wow this looks like a fab day out. noted for the next time we go Ireland xx

  5. 3rd November 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I’m actually lying in bed right now having read this over looking the cranes lol I love the Titanic exhibition center its done so much for our city in terms of tourists but also showcases the best of we have/had to offer x

  6. 3rd November 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I’ve never been to Ireland before but what a fab exhibition – definitely one to add to the bucket list x

  7. 4th November 2018 / 10:40 am

    I imagine this would be really fascinating, and quite moving too. Looks like there is loads to see and do. A good day out for adults and kids alike. Nice that this has been set up in Belfast.
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  8. 6th November 2018 / 4:51 pm

    This looks like a fascinating place to visit -we are hoping to come over in February to explore NI and this place is on my list

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