March 30, 2019
I was out the door a touch before 9 o’clock this morning to meet my friend at her hotel. We needed to catch a bus out to Titanic Belfast, but first I needed coffee. We stopped at a coffee shop and sat for a bit to work out our plan for the day.
We made our way to Titanic Belfast, got our tickets, put our luggage in lockers and had a couple of hours to explore the museum. The museum starts with a bit of the history of Belfast and how the city grew during the industrial revolution. Belfast produced a lot of linen, as flax grows well in Ireland. Belfast was also a major ship building city.
Having finished the first part of the museum, we passed through an original set of gates from the Harland & Wolff shipyard on to the part of the museum about the Titanic. The exhibit continues on the top floor of the museum. It walks you through the building of the ship, which happened right next to where the museum is. There’s floor to ceiling windows overlooking the slipway where the Titanic was built between 1909-1911. The first launch of the Titanic into Belfast Lough on the 11th of May 1911 was watched by 100,000 people and they have a ticket and a souvenir rivet from launch day.
The largest part of the museum was about fitting out the ships interior, which took a further nine months after the initial build. There’s a large scale model of the ship, models of all three classes of cabins, and things from the ships of the White Star Line.
In the next room of the museum you can read the last communications the Titanic had with near by ships looking for help. Speakers overhead are playing recordings of survivors sharing their stories. The last part if the museum is about the exploration of the wreck of the Titanic.
I thought the museum was fine. It was a bit crowded, but I had expected that. I wish I would have had more time, but we had a train to catch. We made our way to the train station to catch the train down to Dublin. From there we had to get a tram across the city to the other train station and catch a train out to Galway.
We made it to Galway by about 6:30 that evening, checked in to our hostel and went out to see the city and get a bite to eat. Galway is a lovely city on Ireland’s west coast. We four a pub called The 1520 for dinner. We both had fish and chips, and I had a couple pints of cider. They had live music and we were sitting right next to the little stage. The musician, John Gaughan, was incredibly talented! I would recommend checking out his music on YouTube and Spotify if you can. We were back to our hostel before 10:00, since we had a long day ahead of us the next day.
Until next time, safe travels everyone!