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Belfast: From a cursed destination for tourism to one of the fashionable British cities
The gigantic yellow crane of the
Harland and Wolff shipyards
can be seen from practically any corner of
For something, this company was one of the most thriving at the beginning of the 20th century, not only in the city, but in the entire planet.
on a ship.
But not just anyone, of course.
If not the
the largest ocean liner in the world
at the time and which was built here thanks to the superhuman effort of more than
who did not cease their efforts day or night for three years, from 1909 to 1912.
From Belfast he headed for
, in the south of England, to depart on April 10, 1912 with
final destination to New York
Although everyone knows that it would never come ... More than a century later, the Northern Irish city pays tribute to its history through an entire neighborhood, that of the
, which has managed to reinvent itself and become the fashionable place of the city.
Where there were once
containers and shipyards,
modern block of apartments and offices, interesting restaurants, pubs renewed, a walk
that runs flush with the
to which there lacks a bike path ...
The most important thing would be missing: a handful of buildings linked, of course, with the mythical ship.
From the six-story,
that traces its entire history to the
that carried the wealthiest passengers.
Not forgetting the current
which at the time served to house the offices of the Harland and Wolff company.
Statue that simulates Kate Winslet in the James Cameron film.
We begin the tour of the museum, a
14,000 square meter
that is located in the exact place where the ship left in 1912 to (try) to carry out the greatest nautical feat of its time.
And he did so "in perfect condition", as the managers of the
White Star Line
to which the ship belonged
It also owned two other ocean liners, the
height of the building
, which simulates the shape of a bow between a tangle of ice and waves, is the same as that of the
from keel to bridge: 27 meters.
A sculpture in front of the façade that traces the already mythical pose of the actress
(or Rose) looking at the sea with
(Jack) in the
welcomes the million visitors that the museum receives every year .
The figure has earned him the award for the best tourist attraction in the world at the
World Travel Awards
, the Oscars for tourism at an international level.
The office of Thomas Andrews Jr., Principal of Harland & Wolff.
Inside, the virtues, miseries and
anecdotes of the ship
You can see the difference between the first, second and third class cabins, in addition to visiting the interactive room where you can access the archive of
Robert Duane Ballard,
oceanographer who discovered the remains of the
in 1985 the remains of the ship, at 4,000 meters deep.
There is no lack of a dive into an underground cave like the one the workers worked in during
In addition, you can tour the engine room and deck of the ship and dive through countless clippings of how the press covered both the departure and the sinking of the ship.
Life aboard the 'Titanic'
Another of the galleries is entirely dedicated to the day of the sinking that April 14, 1912, focusing on the possible causes.
The lives of the passengers of the ocean liner (victims and survivors) are also detailed.
Like that of Charlotte Elizabeth Brennan, Harland & Wolff stenographer who managed to emerge unscathed from the tragedy, later moving to Canada and who donated the ship's ticket to the museum.
Interior of the museum dedicated to the ocean liner.
Very close to the museum are the
, the steamboat that served as a ferry for the passengers of the ocean liner, and the
, a warship from
World War I.
Both can be visited.
Another strong point of this port neighborhood with identity is the
built in the former offices of the White Star Line, with 119 rooms decorated in
an art deco style
that allow you to go back to the beginning of the 20th century.
A cocktail in honor of Jack and Rose
It is impressive to enter the
that received the first call of the shock against the iceberg that caused the disaster and that has remained as it is over time: a wooden table and several chairs around it.
In one of the walls, yes, you can see how the entire building was remodeled.
Another of the favorite corners of the visitors is the old
, built in 1880 and now in immaculate white.
The original Victorian vault remains.
The former Titanic design room of the eponymous hotel
There is also now the signature cocktail bar, very crowded at
The most demanded are the
Jack & Rose,
in honor of the protagonists of Cameron's film,
Ms. Milvina Dean,
the last survivor of the sinking of the
whose real name was Elizabeth Gladys Dean, who died on May 31, 2009. She was also the youngest on the journey, barely two months and 13 days old when the accident took place in the icy waters of
the North Atlantic
Exterior of the SS Nomadic steam shuttle.
The hotel does not lack the classic
with all the required British paraphernalia.
A room adjoining the Design Room also allows you to see an infinite collection of
, original black and white photographs and posters linked both to the company's original ships and to the thousand and one film versions that have been made of the event.
This type of work is repeated throughout the hotel, reaching the figure of more than 100. The office of the director of the Harland & Wolff ship design department,
Thomas Andrews Jr.,
has also been kept exactly the same as before the accident.
He died in the Atlantic along with the other 1,316
from the shipwreck.
How to get. Aer Lingus
How to get.
flies to Dublin from Madrid from 150 euros.
Belfast is less than two by car or bus from the Irish capital.
Where to sleep
The elegant 62-room boutique Malmaison hotel is built on two rival Italian-style warehouses built in 1860. Its restaurant and lounge are well worth a visit for afterwork time.
Their Sunday brunch is also interesting.
From 150 euros per night.
Where to eat.
Where to eat.
Bert's Jazz Bar
l, two gastro references with live music every night (from 45 euros both).
Deanes Meat Locker,
a fine dining restaurant run by Belfast's most celebrated chef, Michael Deane.
Another recommendable place is
Hologan's at the Barge
, located in an authentic boat on the banks of the Lagan River (traditional food with a creative touch; from 35 euros).
Do not skip the essential
The Muddlers Club
, including a Michelin star (from 90 euros).
(www.turismodeirlanda.com, in Spanish) and
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