Museums reviewed by parents: Titanic Belfast
I have to admit I am a Titanicphobe. I find any obsession with major disasters ghoulish; I hated the James Cameron film; I really hated that Celine Dion song. But I loved Titanic Belfast. The whole experience has been curated with so much love, imagination and thought that one cannot fail to be moved and delighted. It is a sensory marvel from the moment you arrive, utilising architecture, period film, touch screen technology, dramatic reconstruction and rides to create an immersive experience which would bear repeated visits for young and old alike. The staff are extremely helpful and enthusiastic; one gets the feeling that this place is as much fun to work in as it is to visit.
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Best for KS1 kids
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Alice also loved playing the navigation game in the exploration zone at the end where she dove under the sea to discover other wrecks around the coastline.
Best for KS2 kids
Kids keen on drawing and engineering will find lots to look at in the galleries given over to the design process and children interested in period design will be fascinated by the recreated cabins, astonishing in their detail and beauty.
The section on the re-discovery of the Titanic also offers an amazing film of the wreck and the chance to be talked through the sunken ship as it seems to pass below you on screens you can stand on. Older Key Stage 2 children might also enjoy the audio guides (£3 rental on site, or download from iTunes for £1.50) which the adults in our party used around the museum and which offered a very accessible and relatively simple historical commentary.
The swooping ride through the Titanic under construction, where you actually feel the heat of the furnaces and hear the spoken testimony of the men who built the ship.
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Food and drink options
We ate in the bistro which offered a good range of salads, hot food and children's option. The food was excellent: fresh, healthy and delicious. There is also a canteen-style cafe offering sandwiches and cakes. The indoor picnic area is only for schools but there are benches outside which would serve for a picnic on a fine day.
Getting there, prices and opening hours
Family tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children) start at £39, with under 5s free. A 5% discount is available if you prebook your tickets online in advance.
Opening hours are vary according to season: January - March (10am - 5pm); April - May (9am - 6pm); June, July, August (9am - 7pm); September (9am - 6pm); October - December (10am - 5pm).
Last admission is 1hr 40m before closing time. Titanic Belfast is closed December 24th, 25th, 26th.
Pocket-money shop purchases
Alongside the extensive range of clothing there is a host of Titanic merchandise (no Christmas tree is complete without a commemorative Titanic bauble...). Pocket money options are few and far between but include ship magnets, period posters and Titanic rubber ducks.
Online treasures if you're too far to visit
Links to the National Curriculum
- The world around us (KS1 and KS2)
- Energy, forces and movement (KS2)
- The Edwardian era (KS2)
Photography: © Titanic Belfast
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