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Belfast Sightseeing Cruise: Titanic Quarter and River Lagan

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Belfast, United Kingdom

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Experience Belfast’s vibrant maritime heritage on a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the River Lagan! Aboard the barge, enjoy a narrated history as you pass Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices and the Titanic Quarter, and witness gems of Belfast’s naval and shipbuilding traditions such as the restored HMS Caroline battleship. Summer visitors may have a chance look at the largest seal colony in Northern Ireland!
  • 1-hour Belfast sightseeing cruise along the River Lagan
  • Take in the sights of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter including the Titanic slipways
  • See the HMS Caroline at Alexandra Docks, and learn of her of her role as a world war battleship
  • Listen to entertaining onboard commentary about the Titanic legacy as you pass Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices
  • Cruise along Musgrave Channel and see Northern Ireland’s largest seal colony (summer only)
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Departure Point

62 Donegall Quay, Belfast BT1 3NH, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
See the best of Belfast’s maritime landmarks by boat! In the afternoon, head to Donegall Quay and board your sightseeing barge for the 1-hour trip down Belfast’s historic arterial waterway, the River Lagan. 

Along the cruise, catch impressive views of Belfast’s key nautical landmarks and enjoy fascinating facts and histories – such as the Titanic story – shared by your lively guide. See the Harland and Wolff drawing offices, where the Titanic was designed. Then pass the Northern Ireland Science Park, the magnificent Titanic Quarter, a tributary museum built on the site of the ship launch, and Titanic Film Studios, where scenes from the popular Game of Thrones TV series have been filmed. 

Cruise by the Titanic slipways en route to Alexandra Docks for a dose of Belfast’s naval history. View the HMS Caroline, a beautifully restored navy battleship that is celebrated as the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1917, before you head to Stormont Wharf in Belfast Harbour.  Marvel at the enormous ships – from massive new cruise liners to industrial cargo ships – that dock in this deep water berth. Along the way to Stormont, your boat passes through the Musgrave Channel, where summer visitors may see Northern Ireland’s largest seal breeding colony.

Your tour loops back to the launch point on Donegal Quay, where you will disembark.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Customs House
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Titanic Boat Tours
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Titanic's Dock and Pump-House
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Titanic Belfast
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lagan Boat Company
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
HMS Caroline
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • OPERATED BY Lagan Boat Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Belfast Sightseeing Cruise: Titanic Quarter and River Lagan?
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This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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." See review
  • "The boat is very old and there were no refreshments available to buy on the boat." See review
  • "The boat was called The Mona and was quite small, but as there were only a dozen passengers there was plenty of room." See review

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Family Daytrip
Lynsey_od
, Sep 2019
We had a lovely day out with our three sons who are titanic mad (ages 5,4,2). Staff were great and let the boys in to navigate the boat. Was very safe for the boys and we brought a picnic onboard. Very informative also and we got to see some deals, an added bonus. Thoroughly enjoyed it, according to boys it was the best "Golden Day" ever. Thank you
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Leisurely cruise
Diana H
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you Diana your feedback is much appreciated and I will let Fed & Watered Cafe know also. Best wishes Joyce
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Work Cultural Trip
VanDublin
, 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
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for your comments and I will certainly speak to the Crew about this Review. Refreshments are not provided on the boat, however, you were welcome to bring hot beverages and soft drinks on board with you. Fed & Watered Cafe is close by to the departure point. Perhaps if the weather had been drier and you were able to get outside and enjoy the views your comments would be encouraging. Please feel to contact me directly to discuss this further if you wish. Joyce
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Lovely outing for entire family
andr_c311
, 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.
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The tour lasts about an hour. We...
Taziana F
, 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.
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On a Monday in July, at 12:30, I...
Tom F
, 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.
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Had a great time. Tour operator was...
Laurette R
, Jul 2018
Had a great time. Tour operator was fantastic and so were the other passengers.
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Nice cruise on the river Lagan...
Olivier H
, 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.
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Tour was good, boat tacky. Need to...
nancy S
, Sep 2017
Tour was good, boat tacky. Need to upgrade interior of boat.
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Was a lovely trip down Belfast loch...
Derek M
, Oct 2016
Was a lovely trip down Belfast loch, very informative and the skipper was friendly. Was a lovely relaxing time. Will definitely do this again.
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