County Antrim Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended County Antrim Museums & exhibitions

Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

1. Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

Explore the world’s largest Titanic experience in the historic shipyards in Belfast where the doomed ocean liner the Titanic was built. The adventure begins the moment you walk into the building's giant atrium, surrounded by 4 ship-hull-shaped wings. Journey through 9 large galleries of the state-of-the-art interactive exhibition to uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Learn about turn-of-the-century Belfast as a thriving boom town, and take a thrilling tour through dramatic presentations of the shipyards and Titanic under construction. Watch her launch from the slipways, and explore the luxurious craftsmanship of the interiors. Go deep into the stories of the passengers, crew, and heroes of the day. Relive the drama of her tragic end, and see the wreck at her resting place on the ocean floor. Voyage to the bottom of the North Atlantic in the Ocean Exploration Centre, with live links to contemporary undersea explorations. If you'd like a souvenir to remind you of your trip, there's plenty to choose from in the Titanic Store. End with a visit to SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line vessel and the biggest Titanic artefact in the world. Famous as a tender for the Titanic, and a quarter of her size in every dimension, you can marvel at the original ornate doors, panels, plasterwork, and staircases that greeted first and second class passengers on board. See what life was like as a crew member.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip with Titanic Belfast Entry

2. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip with Titanic Belfast Entry

Leave the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day trip that boasts spectacular views from start to finish. Visit both Titanic Belfast and the Giant's Causeway and soak up the coastal scenery of Northern Ireland. From Dublin, go first to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed via exhibits that explain her construction, launch, and history in 9 different galleries. You’ll also be swept away to the Giant’s Causeway. While there, marvel at this jewel of the Antrim coast, the legends of giants, and the unique geological structure composed of thousands of hexagonal stones and symmetrical columns. Enjoy plenty of time at this UNESCO World Heritage Site to walk along the cliffs overlooking the causeway, take stunning pictures, and go for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

3. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

Visit the Titanic Museum for around 1.5 hours and learn the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. Explore the museum which expands over 9 galleries and draws together special effects, dark rides, and full-scale reconstructions. Use interactive features so you can truly explore the Titanic story in an insightful light. Learn about the aftermath of the sinking to the later discovery of the ship. The tour will also take you to the present day with a tour of the live undersea exploration center.   Enjoy a photo stop at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. This 13-century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a professional photographer. Next, be prepared to be met by the most spectacular sight, the Giant's Causeway. This wild and beautiful formation is a consequence of ancient volcanic activity, the solidified lava is now layered across 40,000 hexagonal columns stretching for a distance of over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). Stroll along this UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site for around 1.5 hours and see formations such as the Wishing Chair and the Giant' Boot and Organ.   There is a different version of how the Causeway was formed. The Irish giant Finn McCool, while preparing for battle with his Scottish rival, is said to have angrily fired rocks into the sea to forge a path to nearby Scotland. However, on seeing the size of his would-be adversary, he quickly retreats tearing the ground and ripping the stones as he hastily moves. Similar types of stone found in Scotland give weight to this tale of two feuding giants the Causeway continues to stir the imagination and inspire folklore.  Stop at the Dark Hedges for 30 minutes, a centuries-old lane of beech trees that have been featured in films and on television. In the TV series Game of Thrones, the Dark Hedges was featured in season 2 as the King's Road.  

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

4. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

Discover the Giant's Causeway and the highlights of County Antrim on a guided day trip from Belfast. See some of the filming locations from Game of Thrones and visit the largest Titanic exhibition with included entry tickets. Leaving central Belfast, travel through the Antrim countryside to the Dunluce Castle ruins to take a few photos of the castle dating back to the 13th century. The castle was featured in Narnia and Game of Thrones as the fortress of Greyjoy’s home. A highlight of the day is the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy around 2 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Hear the legend of the Giant Finn McCool while admiring the shores of the Atlantic Ocean before stopping at the Dark Hedges. This location was made famous by Game of Thrones as the location where Arya Stark made her escape down The Kings Road. Journey down the tunnel-­like avenue of intertwined beech trees and get some spectacular photos of one of the most visited sites in Northern Ireland. On the return journey to Belfast, visit the Titanic Belfast (entry included). Stretching over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, experience the Titanic like never before. Experience a combination of special effects, rides, full-scale reconstructions, and interactive features. Learn about the Titanic story from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic end. After your visit, arrive back in Belfast where the trip began.

Belfast: City, Giant's Causeway Tour w/ Titanic Museum Entry

5. Belfast: City, Giant's Causeway Tour w/ Titanic Museum Entry

Embark on a day tour from Belfast and discover some of the highlights of Northern Ireland. See the Giant's Causeway, comprising about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Get up close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. Learn from our guides how the Causeway was formed by the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Stop at the Dark Hedges, a centuries-old lane of beech trees that have been featured in films and on television. Make a stop at Dunluce Castle for a quick photo opportunity. This ruined Castle is edged by a cliff with magnificent views of the sea. Visit the Titanic Museum and learn the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. Return to Belfast in the late afternoon.

Belfast: Full-Day Tour with Titanic Experience

6. Belfast: Full-Day Tour with Titanic Experience

Catch the cross border Enterprise train from Dublin to Belfast for a full-day sightseeing tour of the Northern Ireland capital, and get a ticket to the shipyards of the Titanic Quarter and hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Departing from Dublin’s Connolly Station on the 07:35 Enterprise Express, travel in comfort across the border. Snacks are available to purchase on board. Cross into Northern Ireland at Milepost 59 for an arrival at Belfast Central, and then transfer by local train to Belfast Great Victoria Street Station in the heart of the city. Here, you will join the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, taking a loop around the city, including the Titanic Quarter, where you will have complimentary admission to the Titanic Visitors Centre. Explore the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner, and see the new state-of-the-art building constructed on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s fatal voyage. An optional visit to the newly refurbished Crumlin Road Gaol gets you access to the eerie cells and gallows of the historic jail. Built in 1845, Crumlin Road Gaol closed its doors in 1996 and has now reopened as an immersive visitor attraction Drive the famous Falls and Shankill Roads to see the political murals of The Troubles. Then, enjoy some free time to shop in Belfast City Centre. Return trains to Dublin depart at 16:05, 18:05, or 20:05 depending on your preference.

Belfast and Giant's Causeway: 2-Day Guided Tour

7. Belfast and Giant's Causeway: 2-Day Guided Tour

On this 2-day tour from Dublin you’ll travel to Northern Ireland, which has been experiencing a new dawn after the end of 30 years of political violence. You’ll explore downtown Belfast as well as the glorious glens of Antrim. With its breathtaking scenery, welcoming local residents, unspoiled landscapes, and living history, Northern Ireland is sure to please. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Dublin to Belfast At 09:00 you’ll depart Dublin, heading north for the 2-hour drive to Belfast on the new Peace Highway. Your first stop will be St. Peters Cathedral in Drogheda, where you’ll find the fully preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett! He was beheaded by the English in 1681 and his head now sits staring out from a glass box by the altar. Take a drive off the highway to visit the haunting ruins of Monasterboice. You’ll see the 10th-century round tower and learn how residents of the time took refuge from the Vikings. See some of the most beautiful Celtic crosses in Ireland, carved by hand by monks in the 9th century. When you arrive in Belfast you’ll have 2 hours’ free time. You might consider an optional and highly recommended Black Taxi Tour of the Falls and Shankill Roads. Alternatively, you can use the free time for lunch and shopping in the city’s bustling downtown area. Depart the city center for a drive to the docks to visit Belfast's number 1 attraction: The Titanic Experience! Spend 2 hours on a tour of the all-new Titanic Belfast. You’ll follow the story from the ship’s conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. Overnight in Belfast's historic downtown university quarter. Day 2: Belfast – Giant's Causeway – Dublin The tour departs Belfast on a drive through the rolling farmland of County Antrim to the north coast of Ulster. Your first stop will be the enchanting town of Ballintoy, which is home to the famed Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Don’t miss the truly amazing views of Scotland! Walk along the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island. The rope bridge traverses a 30-meter-deep and 20-meter-wide chasm, and was erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views. Note that there is a fee payable to the National Trust for those wishing to cross the bridge. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th Wonder of The World, and once you’ve visited you’ll see why. The site features an estimated 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that were formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Visit the ultra-modern visitor center, which is included in the tour price. You’ll have an audio guide with earphones for your visit to the stones, and will hear the story of how the rocks were formed (available in many different languages) as you stand on them. After at least 2 hours exploring the Giant’s Causeway you’ll continue on to see the cliff-top ruins of Dunluce Caste, ancestral home of the MacDonnell Clan. On the return to Dublin you’ll have a short rest and relaxation stop with time for some refreshments. You’ll arrive back in Dublin with a wealth of songs, stories, and memories of Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway!

Belfast & Titanic Experience Full-Day Tour from Dublin

8. Belfast & Titanic Experience Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Dublin has a lot to offer, but if you feel you have "been there, done that," why not hop aboard and take a trip to historical Belfast, which is just 2 hours up the road? See one of Irelands "7 Wonders" - The Belfast Peace Wall. In addition you will see the amazing countryside that Northern Ireland has to offer and you will stop at various sites of historic significance on this amazing Belfast tour from Dublin. After a short coffee break along the way, your first stop is Belfast City. Enjoy a political/historical guided tour of the city, visiting some of the political hotspots as well as the Republican Museum, with a large collection of artifacts and prison handicrafts, representing various phases of the struggle for Irish Freedom.   Thereafter you will have some free time to explore the city and have some lunch, and maybe change some money to Pound Stirling as you are now in the United Kingdom! Afterwards, you will get to see the highlight of the tour, the Titanic Experience. Here you will learn all about Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage across the Atlantic.  Sadly all great adventures must come to an end but the memories will last a lifetime. Sit back while your guide plays some traditional music and enjoy reminiscing about your day as you make your way back to Dublin.

Belfast Port: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Tour

9. Belfast Port: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Tour

Your first stop will be the Titanic Experience Museum. Spend 90 minutes here exploring the symbolism of the Titanic, which was Belfast’s iconic structure. Walk in the footsteps of the men who built RMS Titanic, the world’s most famous ship, in Belfast's historic shipyard. Visit over nine interactive galleries with state of the art exhibitions making use of special effects, rides, and full-scale reconstructions.  Continue your tour to the second stop Carrickfergus Castle. Built by the Anglo-Norman John de Courcy over 800 years ago, Carrickfergus Castle has long been the centre of a power struggle for those wanting to control the important port. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries. There are ramparts, dungeons, and winding staircases with trip steps to deter any invaders. Afterward, visit the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge for a fantastic view and photograph opportunities. This famous bridge, near Ballintoy in County Antrim, links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below.  The next attraction is the Giant's Causeway. Legend has it that Irish giant Finn McCool created the causeway to travel to Scotland and fight his rival Benandonner but that he came back smartish when he saw how big Benandonner was. The causeway consists of 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns along 6 kilometers (4 miles) of the northern coast of Northern Ireland. It was created by volcanic activity during the Tertiary between 50 and 60 million years ago. In 1986, the Giant’s Causeway was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and remains one of the most famous attractions in Nothern Ireland.  The last stop will be a photography stop at the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle, which bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513. The castle has been used as the setting for the villains lair in the film The Medallion with Jackie Chan in 2001. The castle appeared in the artwork of the inner gatefold of the 1973 Led Zeppelin album Houses of the Holy. On your return, if time allows you will drive through Belfast on the way to your ship.

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Belfast is amazing! the history of the city really made me realize they played a very important role from the past that shaped the present generation. The museum is informative and interactive at the same time. I learned so much and salute to all workers that time, they were true heroes!

Location was very easy to find, the exhibition was very well exhibited & interaction was amazing, you would want to leave about 4hrs for the journey of the Titanic...Amazing

Brilliant exhibition. Was a great time to go as there were no queues. Staff very pleasant also enjoyed the trip to the Normatic ship.

A superb experience with full use of modern technology to set the context within the events that led to the Titanic disaster.

Excellent immersive experience and moving heroic accounts.