$7,500,000! What a great bargain! Granted, that amount of money was worth a lot more 100 years ago but even so!
Quick history lesson:
- The Titanic was built in 1912 in Belfast, the capital (and largest city) of Northern Ireland.
- Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom (whereas the Republic of Ireland is not).
- I only just learned this when I was doing research for this trip so don’t be too hard on yourself if you didn’t know either.
The Titanic Exhibition tells you everything you would ever want to know about the Titanic. You’ll learn about how/when it was built, its passengers, the ship in pop culture, and you even get to see some of its artifacts. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg (yeah I know that was corny but I just had to go for it – it was right there!)
I can’t remember how much I paid for tickets back in 2013, but I’ve taken the liberty of looking it up for you here. It’s 15.50 pounds (yes pounds and not Euros, since it’s the UK – which comes out to roughly $23.50 USD) And if you pay an extra 3.50 pounds, you get to see the Titanic Pump-House, which is the dockyard where the ship was built. Plus, if you have a student ID lying around (can be from any university), you could get a discount! Your ticket also includes a free ride on a mini kiddie coaster. It’s like a time machine that takes you back to when they were building it. They use special effects and sounds to make it seem like you’re actually there.
The museum is probably about a half an hour walk from the city centre. The pump-house/dockyard is about a 15 minute walk from the museum (but on a freezing and windy day, it feels like how I would imagine Jack and Rose felt in that water!) It was worth the walk though. You get to roam around in the same area as the thousands of men, who worked for 2 pounds/week. Some of the steel that was used is still there today.
For more facts and figures on the Titanic, click here.
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