The Titanic museum in Belfast

A huge visitor attraction has opened in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic - a ship built just yards from the new museum.

The Titanic Museum in Belfast tells the story of the ill fated RMS Titanic, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1912, as well as well sister ships the RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic.

The £100 million museum boasts an impressive exterior that has critics divided over whether it most resembles a ship or an iceberg - it certainly pushes the boundaries of modern architecture either way, and has quickly become a symbol of a re-energised city.

Inside the museum visitors can re-live the Titanic experience, from her creation right here in the docks of Belfast to her momentous discovery on the seabed.

It may seem strange for a city to celebrate a doomed ship in the way that Belfast celebrates the Titanic, but the local sense of humour sums up the sentiment: "She was fine when she left here."

Visitors to Belfast will be pleasantly surprised by the changes that the city has seen over the past decade. Despite suffering the effects of the economic recession, Belfast definitely has a buzz about it. New art galleries, urban parks and pop up restaurants are building momentum and making Belfast a must-see city as part of any visit to Ireland.

Flights from the UK to mainland to Belfast start as low as £19.99 with Easyjet. George Best City Airport is approximately ten minutes' drive from the city centre.

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