Day Tour from Dublin to Belfast a great excursion

Visit Titanic and Belfast from Dublin

http://www.titanicdaytour.comJoin us on this unique day tour from Dublin, let us take you on a fascinating journey through Ireland’s past, explore Belfast’s remarkable industrial heritage, its troubles, and its remarkable rebirth.  We depart Dublin at 0800 am and return to Dublin at 1800 hrs. We have gaurenteed tickets for the World’s largest Titanic Experience, you will also have free time to explore Belfast city. The story starts in the first gallery with 1912 “boomtown Belfast” and takes you in a caged lift to the fourth floor for an atmospheric six-minute cart ride through the shipyards.                  The third gallery is based around a glass apex with a film projection re-creating the completed Titanic on the slipways outside. It launches into dry dock for fit out, with depictions of the first-, second- and third-class cabins in the next gallery.

The cave section is a journey through the bowels of the ship, projected on the walls. Gallery five is based on the ship’s maiden voyage and re-creates life on board. In the next gallery, the walls narrow and the temperature drops as we trace the timeline of the sinking from iceberg collision to final gasp of air on April 15. The British and American inquiries into the disaster follow in the next gallery.

The final two galleries are just as evocative, devoted to the legends of the ship, with touchscreen displays of Titanic folklore and a voyage to the Nova Scotia seabed where the wreck now lies, using film footage of an ocean dive in 1985. An Ocean Exploration Centre, developed with marine biologists, completes a memorable visit.

Visit Belfast’s Peace Wall

titanicdaytour.comOf the city’s 17 walls, West Belfast’s sections are the most visited. Once in the area it’s easy to determine which side of the divide you’re on: red, white and blue kerbstones, Loyalist murals and Union Jacks indicate you’re on the Shankill. If the kerbs are green, white and gold, the flag is Irish and the murals are Republican, you’re on the Falls. You can cross from one side to the other via access roads at Lanark Way and Northumberland Street. The best viewing section is on the Shankill side where visitors are encouraged to add their signatures to those of the Dalai Lama and former US President Clinton. Art panels showing the area’s political and cultural history have now been added to the wall along Cupar Way (off Lanark Way). Look out for the Orange Order, Battle of the Somme and modern-day international conflicts on this colourful stretch – with blank sections still there for those all-important ‘Give Peace A Chance’ daubs.

Shankill Road

http://www.belfastdaytour.comThe Shankill dates back to the Stone Age, making it the oldest settlement in Belfast. Shankill Road was named in 1831 after the Gaelic Sean Cill meaning Old Church. Today it is a bustling street with shops, cafes and the renowned Shankill Leisure Centre. Explore its Peace Walls and Unionist murals resplendent with Union Jacks and tributes to the Royal Family. One mural of note, beside the Rex Bar, depicts Unionist MP Edward Carson leading the signing of the 1912 Ulster Covenant opposing Irish Home Rule.

Falls Road

http://www.titanicdaytour.comBi-lingual street signs and fluttering Irish flags are the first things visitors often notice when they walk along the Falls. Many murals depict scenes from the Irish Famine or the Nationalist side of the modern political conflict. The most photographed of the latter is on the side of the Sinn Fein offices and features IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. The area is becoming known as the Gaeltacht Quarter.

The Presidential Trail

http://www.belfastdaytour.comMost people know of the huge Irish Famine migration of the mid 1800s, but few are aware that the first attempted emigration from Ireland to the ‘New World’ was by Ulster-Scots. From these migrants there came a distinguished Ulster-Scots Presidential Roll of Honour including five consecutive Presidents of Ulster-Scots descent from 1885-1909. In more recent times lineage has been traced linking Nixon, Carter, Bush Snr., Clinton and Bush Jr with our northern shores. On President Clinton’s historic visit to NI in Nov 1995 he declared, “I am proud to be of Ulster-Scots stock; I share these roots with millions and millions of Americans…” Other prominent Americans of Ulster-Scots descent include Alamo legend Davy Crockett, writer Mark Twain, actor James Stewart and spine-chilling poet Edgar Allen Poe. Who would have thought such a tiny corner of Europe would have had such an influential role in the formation and development of the USA? Uncover our American roots and spend time exploring some of the following related attractions.

Harland & Wolff Cranes

http://www.titanicdaytour.comWherever you go in the city there’s no escaping Samson and Goliath, two giant, moveable yellow cranes looming over what was once the world’s biggest shipyard. These engineering heavyweights stand at 96m and 106m high, 140m wide and were built in 1969 and 1974 respectively. Despite the demise of Belfast’s shipbuilding industry, they have been preserved as historic monuments.

Belfast City Hall

Belfast city hallThis imposing Portland stone and copper-domed building was completed in 1906 as a symbol of Belfast’s new city status. Queen Victoria stands at the front, and the grounds are dotted with many more statues and monuments. In 1995 the building provided a dramatic backdrop when President Clinton switched on the city’s Christmas lights. Check out The Bobbin cafe, whose name reflects Belfast’s linen-making past, and No Mean City exhibition. And take a free 45min guided tour for a behind the scenes glimpse at this iconic building. So what are you waiting for this day tour from Dublin to Belfast has limited availability, don’t miss this unique opportunity book your seat now

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Best value Belfast and Titanic day tour from Dublin

We offer you a fantastic unique option, which allows you plenty of time to explore the spectacular Titanic Experience (2 hour stop) plus (2 hours free time) in Belfast city.

Take all the hassle out of your day tour to Belfast, with guaranteed entrance at the world’s largest Titanic exhibit, right on the very slipways were she was built. We also include a tour of the political murals on both the Falls and Shankill road, with a visit to the peace wall. We have prebooked guaranteed fast track tickets at Titanicbelfast.  So here is the deal.

Option 1 Book with us here’s whats included!

  1. Fully guided tour from Dublin
  2. Tour of political murals on Falls and Shankill roads + visit peace wall (Worth €10)
  3. Guaranteed Entrance ticket for TitanicBelfast (Worth €18)
  4. You skip all the ques
  5. 2 Hour visit at Titanic exhibition
  6. 2 Hours free time in Belfast city
  7. All transfers throughout your day

Option 2 Travel by train from Dublin – Belfast?

  • Now you need to book your ticket for TitanicBelfast (Cost You approx €18)
  • Next book seats on a train from Dublin – Belfast (Cost You approx €23 one-way)
  • Right time for a taxi (Cost You approx €5 one-way)
  • Now if you do the political murals + peace wall (Cost you approx €10)

Add it up and surprise surprise ITS €56 ….                                                                     HOLD ON NOW YOU HAVE TO GET BACK TO DUBLIN 

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON BOOK YOUR SEATS WITH US NOW ITS A WINNER ITS SIMPLY HASSLE FREE AND THERE ARE NO HIDDEN CHARGES

Our Titanic and Belfast day tour departs Dublin Tuesday, Thursday, Sat & Sun

  1. Departs Dublin 08:00 am
  2. Returns Dublin 18:00 am

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Belfast Titanic day tour from Dublin review

Firstly this is a day tour from Dublin runs every Tuesday, Thursday, Sat & Sun. We have guaranteed tickets for Titanic Belfast. You will need to book online well in advance. It goes without saying that the outside of the £90 million building is extremely impressive. Constructed to look like the famous ship its 14,000 sq.m and is twice the size of Belfast’s City Hall. The first thing that you notice about the ‘the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience’ from afar are the 3,000 individual silver anodised aluminum panels which make up its external façade and seem to always catch the sunlight, simply stunning. Walking around the Titanic centre you will notice that at least three of its four 90ft ‘hulls’ are in view at all times; this coupled with the  reflective pools of water which surround it give the impression that the building could sail away at any moment.

Belfast day tour from Dublin

Titanic Belfast day tour from Dublin

With such an impressive exterior, the Titanic Belfast really had a lot to live up to with its interior, and it didn’t disappoint. As you enter the building it’s hard to miss the rust effect panels which line the walls, and the compass rose on the floor – giving the modern structure an antique air which is fitting with the theme of the Titanic. The exhibition portion of the building consists of ten galleries: Boomtown Belfast, The Shipyard, The Launch, The Fit-Out, The Maiden Voyage, The Sinking, The Aftermath, Myths & Legends, Exploring the Wreck and the Ocean Exploration Centre – each of which contain a series of interactive exhibitions.
As you enter the exhibition space, you learn a lot of interesting facts about Belfast’s industrial past including the linen and rope works and the production of cigarettes. The center-piece of this section is the interactive map of Belfast which you hover over with your hand to learn more about the individual sections of Belfast’s history. This is great for kids who love to get their hands on anything and for adults who want to learn a bit more about the past of this great city. You also learn how to send a distress telegram and can look at miniature models of areas of the shipyard itself.

You exit this part of the exhibition through the original gates of Harland and Wolff and you enter the drawing rooms and planning offices of the shipyard which have an interactive floor.

Visitors ascend a replica of one of the huge pillars of the Arrol Gantry and then they embark on the Shipyard Ride. You climb aboard a futuristic car and are transported back in time to the Shipyard of the 1900s. The ride uses special effects, animations and full-scale reconstructions to really give you a feel of how the Shipyard would have been at the time of the Titanic’s construction. The sights and sounds really do the trick, there’s also the option of skipping the ride and simple reading the information.

As you exit the Shipyard Ride, visitors are met with a huge window which looks down at the slipways themselves where the Titanic once resided. As you watch a short film of the Titanic being launched the state-of-the-art glass in the windows uses electrodes to switch from the real view to a superimposed image of the Titanic resting on the slipways. This is one of the most impressive parts of the entire building and is really a unique and novel way of recreating 31st May 1911.

The fourth gallery is the fit-out of the ship and features a four minute video projected onto three walls which shows visitors a CGI recreation of the ship as you go on a journey through the engine rooms, dining areas and the famous staircase. You can also see replicas of first, second and third class cabins and examples of the types of carpet and linen used on board.

The fifth gallery introduces visitors to some of the passengers on board and we learn about the types and amounts of supplies brought for the Maiden Voyage as it stopped off at Southhampton, England; Cherbourd, France and Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland before setting sail across the Atlantic.
The sixth gallery confronts the horrors of the Titanic’s final hours and atmospheric sounds and lighting is used to recreate the night of its sinking alongside transcripts of the communications and distress signals on that fateful night. You then descend the stairs to learn about the aftermath and the enquiry which took place and then you use an interactive touch screen display to find out more about the myths and legends associated with the ship.

Just when you think the exhibition is over, you enter through a set of doors and are confronted with a multi-level gallery with seating in the top half. If you sit for a while you can watch high-definition footage of the wreckage with commentary from the divers. This eerie imagery is coupled with water-effect lighting on the walls to give the impression that you’re a part of their journey. Down a flight of stairs is a glass floor with a projection of the wreckage as a whole which is very impressive and below this is the final gallery, the Ocean Exploration Centre in which visitors can access the technologies which modern ships use.

Our passenger feed back has been extremely positive, the building is impressive and a lot of fun. Our passengers have found that the 2 hour visit is ample time to explore this Titanic experience. We depart Dublin at 8am following a comfort stop on route, we will tour the political murals along the Falls and Shankill roads, before our arrival at Titanic Belfast for a timed slot at 1120am. On arrival a crew member will step onto the bus for a short introduction and overview of the facilities in the world’s largest titanic experience. You will then be taken into the building, and fast tracked to the first level. ( no queues) as Day Tours Unplugged have a pre-booked slot. There are audio sets available for our guests with all major languages catered for (small local charge will apply) The feedback from our guests regarding the audio sets has been extremely positive. (make sure you have £££ Sterling £1.50) As the centre can be busy there have been long queues at both coffee shops, and gift shop, dont panic, as we will be heading next into Belfast city where you will have approx. 2 hours free time to explore. If you miss the gift shop at the centre we have been made aware that the tourist office in Belfast city has all of the Titanic souvenirs plus much more. You will be dropped at Belfast city hall and are free to explore the city. Most of our passengers to date have done a wee bit of retail therapy, or just simply grabbed a coffee or a pint. After an enjoyable visit to this vibrant city, its finally time to depart, your tour guide will pick you up at Belfast city hall at 15:30 hrs for our return to Dublin at 18:00 hrs.

What do you need to bring with you on this unique Belfast day tour?                                     A smile, camera, comfortable walking shoes, and please remember you are entering Northern Ireland, you will require £££££ Sterling, our passengers have indicated that it appears none of the shops will accept €€€ Euro (You can always us major credit cards) however there will be fees associated with credit card transactions.

Whats included in your Titanic Belfast day tour from Dublin?                                                   All transfers from Dublin – Belfast plus return (0800 am – 1800 hrs) *Tour of political murals, *Entrance and tour at World’s largest titanic experience (guaranteed fast track ticket) *2 hours visit at Titanic experience *2 hours free time in Belfast city centre *Approved Failte Ireland guide facilities during your Belfast day tour * Air conditioned Mercedes Mini coach

Whats not includes in your ticket? Lunch / refreshments are not included, and must be paid for locally. Audio headsets which are (paid for locally)

So what are you waiting for BOOK YOUR SEATS ONLINE NOW

Latest news from our Titanic and Belfast day tour from Dublin

The Titanic Belfast day tour now includes all transfers from Dublin to Belfast, the tour departs Dublin at 0800 am with comfort stops on route. We arrive into Belfast and will visit the political murals on the Falls and Shankill roads, we will also visit the peace wall. Entrance into the Titanic experience in Belfast is included in the ticket price. We have guaranteed slots. Once you book with us there are no queues for our group, as we are fast tracked into the Titanic centre. You will be in the centre for approx. 2 hours, for our international visitors the Titanic centre has audio guides in all the major languages. There is a small charge which is paid to the center on your arrival. So far our Spanish and French guests traveling with us have indicated to us that the audio facilities are good and well worth paying the extra £1.50 sterling.

You will need to book this day tour well in advance online

Please note that we are traveling into Northern Ireland and you will need to have £ sterling as the pubs / shops etc will not accept € Euro (you can use your credit cards locally)

Once we are finished in the Titanic centre we will then travel into Belfast city centre and you will have free time (approx. 2 hours) to explore grab a pint or some lunch or maybe do a little retail therapy. Belfast is a vibrant modern city, with much to see and do. So dont delay book online now

Titanic Belfast day tours from Dublin News update

Book your seat on a unique day tour to Titanic Belfast from Dublin

Launches 17 April 2012 (only 29 seats) Departs Dublin 07:50 am

Visit the world’s largest Titanic experience in her home port Belfast. Your tour ticket includes guaranteed entrance into the iconic New Titanic centre.

Visitors will learn about the construction of the Titanic and the story of Northern Ireland’s industrial and maritime heritage.

The tour is divided into nine sections, starting with 1912 Belfast and moving through the ship’s construction, launch, maiden voyage and sinking. It deals with the popular culture it inspired, and how its remains were located in 1985 by US oceanographer Prof Robert Ballard. Book your seats now

 

Mystery benefactor returns Titanic letter to Belfast

Titanic letter returns to Belfast

Posted on March 13, 2012

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A mystery benefactor has stepped in to ensure a valuable letter written by an officer days before he died on the Titanic will return to his home town. Dr John Simpson penned to his mother onboard the doomed liner would be bought by a private collector when it was put up for auction in New York with a $34,000 reserve price.

But after hearing about a campaign by relatives of the ship’s assistant surgeon to bring the letter back to his native Belfast a mystery donor stepped in and bought it for the city just weeks before the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

According to witnesses who survived the 1912 sinking, 37-year-old Dr Simpson stood with fellow officers on the deck of the stricken vessel as it went down. His great-nephew Dr John Martin said he was happy the letter was coming back to where it belonged. ”I’ve never actually seen the original letter itself as it was last in Belfast in the 1940s before Dr Simpson’s son moved away.

”So for it to be on its way back is just amazing and so appropriate now just ahead of the 100th anniversary of his death. We are so thankful to the benefactor.”

The letter, dated 11 April 1912 and written on notepaper headed RMS Titanic, was brought ashore at Cobh, Co Cork (then called Queenstown) before the ship set sail for the US.

It was dispatched to his mother Elizabeth who was living in Belfast’s Dublin Road. In it, the married father-of-one, who was then based in Liverpool, said he was tired but settling into his cabin well. He had worked on the Titanic’s White Star Line sister ship the Olympic for a year previously and observed to his mother that the accommodation on board his new vessel was larger.

Dr Simpson also complained he had found one of his trunks unlocked and $5 or $6 had been stolen from his pocket book. The surgeon, who treated second and third-class passengers, signed off: “With fondest love, John.”

It is intended that the letter will go on display in Belfast.

Day tours from Dublin to Belfast it will be Titanic

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Starting 17 April 2012
Award winning Day Tours from Dublin every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Titanic Belfast day tours

Schedule
Tour departs: 0800 am
Arrives in Belfast 10:30 am
Entrance into Titanic Belfast Experience is GUARANTEED
After your visit to this brand new TITANIC EXPERIENCE you will have free time to explore Belfast
Tour departs Belfast: 15:30 hrs
Returns: 1800 hrs

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Visit Belfast Zoo

History of Belfast Zoo

Old picture of boys feeding an elephant in Belfast Zoo

The story of Belfast Zoo begins with the city’s public transport system.
At the beginning of the 20th century, passengers from Belfast were transported to the villages of Whitewell and Glengormley by horse-drawn trams belonging to the Belfast Street Tramway company and steam tramways from Cave Hill and Whitewell.
In 1911, the tram line was taken over by Belfast Corporation, now Belfast City Council.

Building Belfast Zoo

In 1933, the corporation decided to install a representative zoological collection on the site.
Then, in 1934, 12 acres on either side of the Grand Floral Staircase, a series of steps designed to reach the top of the hillside, were laid out as Bellevue Zoo.
It took 150 men to build the site and the steps can still be seen from Antrim Road today.
The zoo was opened on 28 March 1934 by Sir Crawford McCullough, the then Lord Mayor of Belfast.

The venture was supported by Councillor RJR Harcourt from Belfast Corporation and was partnered by George Chapman, an animal dealer and circus entrepreneur.
It cost £10,000 to build and a total of 284,713 people visited the zoo in its first year.

Impact of World War II

Many of the animals in the zoo’s first collection arrived in Belfast by boat.
Daisy the elephant travelled on the Heysham steamer and, after she was removed from her crate, she was walked by zookeepers from the Belfast docks to Antrim Road, a distance of between five and six miles!

In 1941, the Ministry of Public Security ordered the destruction of 33 animals after north Belfast came under aerial attack during World War II. Animals, including lions, wolves and polar bears, were killed and the collection was not restocked until around 1947.
Several elephants survived the attacks, and one baby elephant was cared for by an elderly lady who lived on the nearby Whitewell Road.

The modern zoo

During the 1950s and 1960s, the zoo went into decline.
By the time the corporation’s parks committee took control of the site in 1962, restoration was badly needed and work began on the new zoo site in 1974.
Since then, the council has continued to support the zoo, donating £1.5 million every year to help run and promote the site.

For more information about the history of the zoo, email history@belfastzoo.co.uk
If you would like to receive an information pack about the zoo’s history, email history@belfastzoo.co.uk or call 028 9078 2082.

Albert Memorial Clock

things to see BelfastWhile in Belfast on your Titanic Experience day tour from Dublin check out the Albert Memorial Clock situated at Queen’s Square in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This leaning clock tower was completed in 1869 and is one of the best known landmarks of Belfast. In 1865 a competition for the design of a memorial to Queen Victoria’s late Prince Consort, Prince Albert, was won by W. J. Barre, who had earlier designed Belfast’s Ulster Hall. Initially Barre was not awarded his prize and the contract was secretly given to Lanyon, Lynn, and Lanyon, who had come second. Following public outcry the contract was eventually awarded to Barre. The construction cost of £2,500 (2011: £181,000) was raised by public subscription.

Being situated close to the docks, the tower was once infamous for being frequented by prostitutes plying their trade with visiting sailors. However, in recent years regeneration has turned the surrounding Queen’s Square and Custom’s House Square into attractive, modern public spaces with trees, fountains and sculptures.

The sandstone memorial was constructed between 1865 and 1869 by Fitzpatrick Brothers builders and stands 113 feet tall in a mix of French and Italian Gothic styles. The base of the tower features flying buttresses with heraldic lions. A statue of the Prince in the robes of a Knight of the Garter stands on the western side of the tower and was sculpted by SF Lynn. A two tonne bell is housed in the tower and the clock was made by Francis Moore of High Street, Belfast.

As a result of being built on wooden piles on marshy, reclaimed land around the River Farset, the top of the tower leans four feet off the perpendicular. Due to this movement, some ornamental work on the belfry was removed in 1924 along with a stone canopy over the statue of the Prince.

In 1947, the film Odd Man Out was filmed partly in Belfast, with the Albert Clock as a central location, although neither the town nor the clock is explicitly identified.