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Titanic Belfast among top 10 UK museums for visitors

Published 15/09/2015

The centre welcomed 807,000 visitors during its first year.
The centre welcomed 807,000 visitors during its first year.

Titanic Belfast has been named among the top 10 museums in the UK for visitors.

The attraction made it to number nine in the Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice awards.

The awards used a computing algorithm to assess the quantity and quality of the reviews made of attractions on the Trip Advisor website.

First in the UK was the National Museum in London.

While the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York topped the worldwide list.

Of the more than 7,000 reviews of Titanic Belfast posted on the site over 4,000 rated the attraction as "excellent".

One reviewer from Scotland wrote: "The best of its kind.

"Absorbing, sobering and interesting. A really good way to spend an afternoon. Maybe a bit too wordy and dull for young children."

Almost 800 rated the attraction as "average", while over 400 rated their experience as either "poor" or "terrible".

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One recent "average" review from an English visitor said they had "mixed feelings" over their visit.

"Very much based on the engineering, the company and the shipyard that built the Titanic.

"If you want to know more about those who travelled on it this is not for you. Husband loved it, I thought the nine galleries were to much.

"The building itself is stunning."

Others complained of not being able to see the replica showcase staircase when the building first opened.

The multi-million pound building opened in March 2012 in the old shipyard where the doomed liner was built.

Since then millions have flocked from around the globe to visit.

The six-storey centre tells the story of the Titanic through nine galleries, each devoted to a different aspect of the tragedy.

The attraction's design is based on the bow of the Titanic and capitalises on its unique location, built right beside the slipway where the liner was floated in 1911.

The top 10 UK museums on the list are:

1. National Gallery, London

2. British Museum, London

3. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

4. Natural History Museum, London

5. The Roman Baths, Bath

6. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

7. Churchill War Rooms, London

8. National Railway Museum, York

9. Titanic Belfast, Belfast

10. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

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