you can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea and that’s kind of the same thing.
Afternoon Tea is something that should be enjoyed, may not be everyone, it’s a treat for sure. When I was kid, until the present day, I have always been interested quite extensively about the Titanic. From learning of the stories linked to a a disaster that never should of occurred, being from Cork and it having such a local impact. I’ve been to the Cobh Heritage Centre a few times which displays a great insight to the Titanic link from there (then known as Queenstown).
Titanic Belfast opened only in 2012 in the former shipyard of Harland and Wolf, fast becoming a leading role in Ireland’s must see’s and bucket lists. My interest grew and a personal desire to come and indulge in Afternoon Tea was apparent. So finally, I took a day trip to Belfast and really enthusiastically happy about it.
Getting from Dublin to Belfast couldn’t be easier, Aircouch run hourly services from O’Connell Street and the Dublin Airport right into the centre of Belfast to Glengall Street, right beside The Europa Hotel (where we popped in for tea before the tea). Titanic Quarter is really not too far walk outside the city centre either, it took us just over 20 minutes, taking our time and the walk along the River Lagan is quite peaceful tranquil escape out of the city.
When booking Afternoon Tea in the Titanic, it is only available Sundays and is available with or without entry to the exhibition itself. Being the Titanic fan that I am, purchasing the ticket really was a no brainier. To be honest, I had heard mixed views about the experience which was something to consider, however, I also am a firm believer in generating my own opinions, especially when it is things I want to experience myself.
The setting for Afternoon Tea is a room based on a ballroom just like in the Titanic facing towards a stairway which a band playing classical music in the background. While the food was divine and possibly one of the best afternoon teas yet, I was more impressed by really high levels of service by the staff. It’s a great thing when staff are nice because they have to, yet when the staff are genuinely lovely, it’s authentic and really very adored. The staff outdid my expectation and such a credit to Titanic.
Back to the exhibition, I personally though the experience was really very good, and worth going to see, if someone wasn’t into exhibition or Titanic, yes you probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as much. The biggest default was that it was quite busy, what tourist attraction isn’t though?