Titanic & the Troubles – Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland. It is a fascinating city with a rich history and offers easy access to some of the most beautiful parts of Irish countryside.

Perhaps most famous as the primary setting for ‘the Troubles’ of the 1970s and 80s, when Belfast saw frequent gun and bomb attacks throughout the city. The troubles was a violent 30 year conflict, between the unionist and nationalist parties, surrounding the constitutional state of Northern Ireland. Signs of the conflict are less apparent nowadays, but the intimidating murals which adorn the side of many houses still demonstrate the residents allegiances to either side. The Belfast jail will also offer visitors fascinating insight into the history of Belfast through the eyes of the prisoners who called the place home.

Perhaps less well known is that Belfast was actually the birthplace of the famous ship Titanic, at the time the largest passenger ship in the world. On the morning of the 15th April 1912 Titanic sunk after striking an iceberg on it’s way to New York from the UK. The story was later immortalised thanks to James Cameron’s blockbuster film of the same name. In honour of the work of the shipyard and in memory of the passengers on board Belfast is now home to the Titanic museum, which gives visitors an insight into the ship’s construction, launch and ultimately its demise. You can even look down on the exact spot the ship was built.

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