We visited the Titanic Belfast exhibition on a Tuesday in early August 2018. We were on a family holiday in Carlingford, Co.Louth and decided a day trip to Belfast to visit the Titanic was in order.
In attendance were multiple generations. Robert, Ava (2 years old) & I, alongside both of Robert’s parents and his grandmother. It cost £18.50 per adult, £15.00 for an OAP and children under 5 are free.
We arrived at 10 am and there were significant queues. Our tickets showed an entrance time of 10:45, however, we were not stopped from entering the exhibition before the allotted time.
We picked a high traffic time to visit
Upon walking into the exhibit we entered a swarm of people viewing the area. I was thankful we had our 2-year-old in her stroller. These first areas were so packed we bypassed most. Eventually, it did start to thin out and we had more breathing space.
There was lots of interactive content to see in these first areas which people seemed to enjoy.
One thing I regret was not purchasing the audio tour, we tended to skip most or breeze past, but if we had the audio we could have learnt the significance of each exhibit.
Halfway through the exhibit, there is a Shipyard Ride. This is where you take a tour of the ‘shipyard’ on an electronic dark ride. When we arrived at this point the wait time was 20 minutes. Our 2-year-old was not happy to queue. Her grandparents continued on through the exhibit with her whilst Robert and I stood in line.
Thankfully we didn’t have to wait 20 minutes, it was approx 14 minutes of a wait. The ride itself was nice but I’m not sure I would queue for it again.
Our toddler stayed in her stroller for the majority of the visit. She did escape the confines of the stroller 3/4 of the way through. We had a couple of occasions where visitors gave us looks or shushed us but overall no one paid too much attention to her.
Take a breath…
There was certainly a little more space around the area of the exhibit that showcased the launch and fit out of the Titanic. This was a welcome sight, with the number of people attending alongside us we were starting to feel a little claustrophobic.
I really enjoyed this area, it showcased a mockup of the Titanic ship. Also, there was a number of the accommodation on view, 3rd class, 2nd class and 1st class were all represented.
Titanic Belfast with a toddler??
We all agreed that the exhibit was very nice and we learned a lot about how the Titanic was built and what it meant to the city of Belfast at the time. However, we won’t be returning until our toddler is much older. She was bored and we felt it wasn’t a place to let her loose. In my opinion, it’s not a place to visit with toddlers.
However, it definitely should be on your must-see list if you want to learn more about the Titanic. Take your time and enjoy the place, don’t rush it like we did and pay the extra for the audio tour, it’ll be worth it.
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Until next time,