Belfast Sightseeing Cruise: Titanic Quarter And River Lagan

Overview

Discover Belfasts nautical heritage on this 1-hour sightseeing boat cruise! As you cruise along the River Lagan, pass the banks of the Titanic Quarter and learning about its history from your guides onboard commentary. Follow the trail of the Titanic, from where she was designed at Harland and Wolffs drawing offices to the slipways where she first touched the water. Learn of the citys naval history as you pass the HMS 'Caroline Belfasts beautifully preserved battleship and then cruise back along past the cargo ships on Stormont Ships.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Led by a local guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Details about this tour

Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Belfasts Donegal Quay and cruise down the River Lagan, seeing city sights and learning of its rich history. A busy international port since the early 18th century, Belfast boasts a catalog of nautical sites that are crying out to be seen.

Glide past the drawing offices of Harland and Wolff, Belfast's famous shipbuilders, who designed the Titanic, and then see the ship's modern-day equivalent the impressive Titanic Visitor Experience. Pass Customs House, a magnificent building that represents the changing face of the city; once a gathering place for angst-ridden trade unionists, its now a vibrant hub and theater venue for the local community.

Proceed down the length of the Titanic slipways where the fated boat first touched water back in 1911 and pass Titanic Film Studios, where scenes from hit UK television productions like Game of Thrones have been filmed. Cruise alongside Northern Ireland Science Park, home to Titanics Dock and Pump House, and hear how the dock was the Titanic's last resting place on dry ground. From the slipways, continue to Alexandra Docks, home of Belfasts famous battleship the HMS Caroline. As the last surviving ship of the 1917 Battle of Jutland in World War I, shes a poignant reminder of Belfasts crucial navy role during the world wars.

Proceeding to The Turning Circle on the edge of Musgrave Channel, to see Northern Irelands largest seal breeding colony (summer months only), and then head down Stormont Wharf, Irelands longest deep-water quay that measures just over half a mile (1km) in length. See glossy cruise liners berthed next to old cargo ships perfectly illustrating the citys departure from its industrial roots to one of Northern Irelands most exciting destinations!

Your boat ride finishes at Donegal Quay after an hour on the water.

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - HMS Caroline

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Diana H
    09-Sep-2019

    A very relaxing hour cruising down the River Lagan. The commentary was interesting and informative. There was an excellent cafe nearby for a cup of tea after the trip, which was very welcome as the weather was not the best.

  • vanessahoare
    02-Sep-2019

    Booked the Boat tour as part of our work cultural trip. The boat is very old and there were no refreshments available to buy on the boat. It was a very rainy day therefore we stayed downstairs. We were chatting amongst each other and were told to be quite. Wouldn't book it again

  • Cilliers O
    20-Aug-2019

    Make time and book a tour on the river Lagan.
    We did the Titanic Experience the previous day and doing this boat tour the next day completed the picture. Commentary is live and audible. Very worthwhile experience.

  • Taziana F
    05-Aug-2018

    The tour lasts about an hour. We were lucky with the weather but I could see this being unpleasant with even a bit of wind when on the land. The tour primarily focuses on the Titanic story, which will be repetitive if you have been to the Titanic Experience. The seals were visible the day we went, we had heard many groups had not seen them. We counted 49 of them on the way back. The second half of the tour is just sailing back to shore without any commentary. It was ok, but I had better experiences in Belfast.

  • Tom F
    17-Jul-2018

    On a Monday in July, at 12:30, I took the boat tour of the Lagan Dock Area the Titanic Quarter. The tour lasted an hour to the minute! and cost 12 pounds, though I added a 5 pound tip. The tour stared at Donegall Quay.
    The boat was called The Mona and was quite small, but as there were only a dozen passengers there was plenty of room.
    We left promptly at 12:30, the tour guide, whose name I dont know nor the helmsmans ? was quite informative, not just about the history of the docks, but also about current matters which ships and companies used the docks, were undergoing refit or repairs, etc. We sailed out along the west, Titanic, bank of the river.
    The first stop was Belfast Marina, we just popped in while the guide introduced it and mentioned some of the boats and ships there. From there we sailed on round to the Titanic Quarter while we were told a potted history of the RMS Titanic and its construction.
    The view from the boat gave a different perspective of the Titanic Quarter. Ive walked around it, but from the ground its hard to see the relationship between the parts and youre looking up at everything. From the river you get an unobstructed view, the Lagan is broader than I had expected. Titanic Belfast in particular looks very isolated viewed from the river and I got a better feel for it the way the corners look like the prows of ships was easier to see. Though when you stand below them, the way they loom over you is impressive too.
    After the Titanic Quarter and Film Studios we sailed round to the Alexandra Docks to see the HMS Caroline and the dry docks. We also saw a huge to me, maybe its a normal sized or small! cruise ship Azamara Pursuit in for a refit. Her sister ship, the Azamara Journey was docked on the east bank.
    Our last port of call was the Musgrave Channel. There is a small population of seals there, but because we arrived at high tide they werent conveniently basking on the shore for us to see. We saw a couple of their heads in the water though, like dogs swimming.
    After this, slight, disappointment we had a leisurely fifteen-minute cruise back to Donegall Quay, this followed the east bank. We got to see the ships docked there and an even wider view of the west bank.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this little excursion. It was only an hour long, but it gave me a much better overview of the area, and filled in a few gaps. I also got some nice photos and video, always a bonus. One reason it was so good was that the weather co-operated. The day was warm, there was almost no breeze and the water was like a mill pond. Very calm sailing there was absolutely no problem standing steadily and taking photos.

  • Laurette R
    05-Jul-2018

    Had a great time. Tour operator was fantastic and so were the other passengers.

  • Stephane Cote
    25-Mar-2018

    This tour was amazing!

  • Olivier H
    01-Oct-2017

    Nice cruise on the river Lagan. Views on the Titanic quarter. Discovery of a part of the docks. Seals can be visible. The landscape farther is green. It's entertaining.

  • Lynette T
    20-Sep-2017

    very enjoyable and very informative

  • nancy S
    12-Sep-2017

    Tour was good, boat tacky. Need to upgrade interior of boat.

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