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“It was alright when it left us!” is the best phrase you’ll hear locally about one of the most famous ships in the world. Locals will also point out that not only was it was ok, but then it was stupidly passed onto an Englishman…! The two main things visitors do when they visit Northern Ireland are the Giants Causeway and the Titanic Exhibition, which is in Belfast, an hour and a quarter drive from Portrush. Named the ‘Best tourist attraction in the world’ a couple of years ago, it is highly recommended as a ‘must do’ before you hop back on the plane. It is an absolutely brilliant exhibition. ** Spoiler alert ** – the ship sinks – but you’ll learn all about how, at the time, Belfast was the shipyard of the world, producing more ships than anywhere else. The exhibition is located in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, walking distance from the centre or there is parking on site. If you’re not sure where it is, spot the massive yellow cranes on the skyline (locally known as Samson & Goliath) – aim for them – it’s next to them. Recently they have done an amazing refurbishment of the old drawing office to create the Titanic Hotel. If you want the full, 100% Titanic experience, stay there. They’ve done a brilliant job, so worth visiting for a coffee or a bite to eat. Worth noting that they film the Game of Thrones in the film studio next door (for fanatics that’s where the actual throne is – but you can’t see it!). Over the road there is an indoor skydiving facility and we’d recommend The Dock Café, an honesty café which supports the local community and local projects.

Titanic Exhibition | Belfast