Lonely Planet Writer

Head to Belfast to celebrate 20 years since the release of the film Titanic

It’s been 20 years since the release of the epic film Titanic, which means 20 years of heartbreak over the tragic tale of Jack and Rose. Luckily for diehard fans, there’s no better place to celebrate than Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the ill-fated ship was built.

Take part in the ultimate Titanic experience where the ill-fated ship was built. Image by Titanic Belfast

The city is already home to the Titanic Belfast, a multimedia experience that was previously named the world’s leading tourist attraction, and the newly-opened Titanic Hotel Belfast. Both draw in tourists who want to learn more about the tragic story of the historic ship, which sank in 1912, and certainly a number of people whose interest stems from a love of the film.

Have some Titanic themed snacks at an afternoon tea. Image by Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast will be celebrating the 20th anniversary in style. There will be a “Titanic Tea and Movie Experience” held on 19 December to celebrate the exact date of the film’s release. The Titanic Suite will host the tea right beside a replica of the Grand Staircase, so you can imagine yourself as Jack or Rose as you watch the film. There will be treats and tea served in replica White Star Line crockery, and you can even indulge in a glass of official Titanic champagne, Henri Abele. Guests who want to truly immerse themselves can recreate the “meet me at the clock” moment and take part in a green-screen photo shoot. With the love story of Rose and Jack taking centre stage in the historical drama, the museum has also launched an exhibition that runs until 19 December, celebrating the real-life romances that took place on board, including the one that may have inspired the film.

Watch the film near a replica of the Grand Staircase. Image by Titanic Belfast

The Titanic Hotel Belfast is also giving a nod to the film’s anniversary with a new drink at the hotel’s Harland Bar – the Rose & Jack cocktail. The drink contains Jack Daniel Honey and rose liqueur, among other tasty ingredients so you can sip on a cocktail wondering just why there was no room for Jack on that door.

Getting to Belfast in time for the anniversary will also ensure that you’re heading to one of the world’s hottest destinations before the crowds. Lonely Planet named Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland the number one region for travellers to visit in 2018.