Birth of Titanic Belfast

“We live in a new Northern Ireland...”

- Ian Pearson MP, Minister with responsibility for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, 2004

One hundred years after the birth of the world’s most famous ship, Titanic Belfast® has become a major new tourist attraction for Northern Ireland.

Titanic Belfast Opening

A Titanic / Maritime Belfast Signature Project...

now known as Titanic Belfast®, was identified in Northern Ireland Tourism Board’s Strategic Framework for Action 2004-2007 as one of the five key tourism signature projects to enhance Northern Ireland's tourism offering. 

The overall concept was translated into detailed plans and implemented by Harcourt Developments, who enlisted the help of CHL Consulting, a specialist tourism destination development and research consultancy, and Event Communications, Europe's leading exhibition design group. The architecture of the attraction was designed by CivicArts with Todd Architects as the lead consultant / architect.

Constructed by Harcourt Developments, who broke ground in May 2009, the architecturally unique building opened to critical acclaim on 31 March 2012 in time for the centenary.

The massive 14,000 sq.m.(150,700 sq.ft.) structure accommodates nine galleries of interactive exhibition space, including a dark ride, underwater exploration theatre, recreations of the ship’s cabins and a luxurious conference & banqueting suites with capacity for up to 1000 guests. 
 Eric Khune Architect

The iconic design...

comprises many maritime metaphors including water crystals, ships bows & the White Star logo. Texan architect Eric Kuhne explains Titanic Belfast's design in this short film:

Download Titanic Belfast's design evolution - PDF

Titanic Belfast Opening Day

Owned by the people...

Titanic Belfast® is wholly owned by a government charity, Titanic Foundation (#XT13119), committed to preserving the authenticity of Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage.

Titanic Foundation works to secure authentic artefacts to support the exhibition. For more information please telephone +44 28 9073 0490 or visit 

The project was co-financed via a public / private partnership between
Department of Enterprise, Trade and InvestmentNorthern Ireland Tourist BoardBelfast City CouncilBelfast Harbour Commissioners & Titanic Quarter Limited - a sister company of Harcourt Developments.

The Titanic Belfast building is now the cultural nucleus to Titanic Quarter - one of the world's largest urban waterfront regeneration projects, master-planned over 185 acres on the heritage site where RMS Titanic was designed and built.

Titanic Quarter has become a thriving district of entertainment and creative industries, leisure and residential, financial & commercial services, research, learning and technology facilities; perfectly positioned next to Belfast city centre & the airport. To find out more about Titanic Quarter please visit

Titanic Quarter