Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2019
Thursday & Friday, January 17th & 18th
Now in it's 7th year, the Critical Care Reviews Meeting brings the chief investigators for the best critical care trials of the previous year to Titanic, Belfast, to discuss their studies. We aim to decide whether these trials are sufficiently robust to support their findings and if we should consider changing practice on the basis of them. To help in this endeavour we invite world leading experts to provide independent editorial overviews and have panel discussions to delve deep into the specifics of each trial. In addition, we also have detailed discussions on research methodology, to encourage critical thinking about the scientific findings which form the basis of our clinical practice. It's not just about trials though - while our trialists can tell us about what their trials find, we also like to know how they actually manage the conditions they investigate, rather than how the literature suggests we should manage it. We also have the annual honorary John Hinds Trauma Lecture and finish the meeting with the incredibly popular "Informal Chat", where the faculty and delegates congregate in the bar and an enormous, meandering discussion about all things critical care takes place.
Open Lung Strategy in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Prehospital air medical plasma for trauma
Saline or balanced crystalloid in the critically ill
90 minute panel discussion on the future of critical care trials
A panel discussion reflecting on the trials presented at #CCR19 and other major trials of note from 2018
The John Hinds Trauma Lecture
Join the faculty in the hugely popular "Informal Chat" where a single meandering discussion about all things critical care takes place.
Assoc Prof Marianne Chapman
Associate Professor Marianne Chapman is a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.
Her primary degree was from Flinders University of South Australia, graduating in 1982. She trained as an anaesthetist in Plymouth in the UK and worked in Kenya for 12 months before returning to complete intensive care training in Adelaide in 1990. She then spent a further year working in the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem in ‘93/94. She has a PhD from the University of Adelaide which involved the investigation of abnormalities in gastrointestinal motility underlying problems with the administration of nutrition to the critically ill.
She has been the Director of Research in the ICU at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 1998 and is the chairman of the RAH ICU research committee. She is also a member of the Board of Examiners of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and is involved in a number of other committees including the Formal Project Assessment Panel – Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the Abstract Review Committee for the Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care Society, and the Intensive Care Foundation Scientific Committee.
Her clinical research interests include gastrointestinal dysfunction underlying problems with the administration of nutrition, and glucose metabolism in the critically ill. This work is the result of a very successful collaboration with the Departments of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the University of Adelaide, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Repatriation General Hospital and forms part of a Centre of Clinical Research Excellence grant from the NH&MRC awarded in 2007.
She currently supervises a PhD student undertaking clinical research in the ICU at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She has published over 50 journal articles, received over $1.7 million in research funding, and has given invited presentations at national and international meetings.
Prof Niall Ferguson
Dr. Niall Ferguson is Head of Critical Care Medicine at the University Health Network and Sinai Health System, and full Professor in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto, with appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Physiology, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Research Institute, and the Critical Care Lead for the Toronto-Central Local Health Integration Network.
Dr. Ferguson’s research, which is supported by local, provincial, and national granting agencies, focuses on: (1) mechanical ventilation (epidemiology; weaning and liberation; extubation and tracheostomy); (2) acute respiratory distress syndrome (definitions; ventilatory management; trial design); and (3) novel modes of mechanical ventilation, including extra-corporeal life support. Dr. Ferguson is the Scientific Programme Chair for Critical Care Canada Forum, Canada’s premier critical care conference. He is a frequent invited-speaker at national and international meetings, having given over 300 such talks.
Prof Deborah Cook
Deborah Cook practices critical care medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton. At McMaster University, she is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Academic Chair of Critical Care Medicine.
Her multi-method multi-disciplinary research interests include life support technology, risk factors for critical illness, prevention of ICU-acquired complications, end-of-life choices, and research ethics. Her methodologic work has helped to improve the design, implementation and reporting of randomized trials and systematic reviews. Supported by a Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation, Dr. Cook has published over 500 peer-review articles and has supervised many research trainees and junior faculty. She has received numerous awards for her research excellence and devoted mentorship. From 2000-2008, Dr. Cook was privileged to be Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and has been an enthusiastic member of the executive ever since.
Prof Gavin Perkins
Gavin Perkins is Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Warwick. He leads the emergency and critical care group within Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. He served as Chief Investigator for the BALTI, BALTI-prevention and PARAMEDIC-1 (LUCAS) trial and is currently Chief Investigator for the PARAMEDIC-2 (Adrenaline) and Breathe Trials. Clinically he holds appointments as a Consultant Physician in Critical Care Medicine at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and MERIT Team Consultant with West Midlands Ambulance Service
Prof Perkins is a Director of Research for the Intensive Care Foundation and Clinical Speciality Lead for Critical Care (West Midlands CRN), Division 6 Clinical Research Lead (West Midlands CRN). He has been a member (2000-10) and then chairman (2010-present) of the ALS Sub-committee during which time he developed, evaluated and implemented the e-ALS course. He has served as ILCOR and ERC Co-chair for BLS/AED since 2010. In these roles he has developed collaborative networks with international partners and co-ordinated the revision to the 2015 Utstein cardiac arrest template. He was elected as ILCOR Co-chair in 2015.Gavin Perkins is a NIHR Senior Investigator and Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Warwick and leads the emergency and critical care group within Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. Clinically he holds appointments as a consultant physician in Critical Care Medicine at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and MERIT Team Consultant with West Midlands Ambulance Service. Gavin has been a member of the ALS Subcommittee (2000-10) and became its Chair in 2011. During his tenure he has developed, evaluated and implemented the e-ALS course. He has served as ERC Co-chair for BLS/AED since 2010 and was appointed ILCOR Co-chair in 2015.
Dr Morten Hylander
Morten Hylander Møller is an intensivist and Associate Professor at the Dept. of Intensive Care, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Denmark. His major research interests are clinical research and research methodology, including systematic assessment of the balance between the benefits and harms of commonly used critical care interventions and clinical practice guidelines. He is actively involved in Centre for Research in Intensive Care (CRIC), Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) and Guidelines in Intensive Care, Development and Evaluation (GUIDE).
Morten suffers from the rare and serious critical care condition “severe scepsis” and the cornerstone of his practice is primum non nocera.
Prof Djillali Annane
Djillali Annane is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Versailles Paris Saclay and the Head of the critical care department at Raymond Poincaré University Hospital (AP-HP) in Garches, Paris, France. He is the current president elect of the national council of deans of medical school in France. He was the Counselor of the French Minister of Health for Research and Medical Education from 2012 to 2017, was the Vice-Chancellor of university of Versailles from 2004 to 2007, and was the President of the French Society of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an editor of the Cochrane Collaboration since 2000, and was the chair of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Systematic Review Group from 2010 to 2013.
He has contributed to several international and multi-disciplinary guidelines. He has completed MD in 1991, and a PhD in pharmacology in 1995, both at Paris Descartes University. He has contributed to the medical literature with more than 400 peer –reviewed articles, has written about 150 book chapters, has given more than 400 invited conferences at international scientific meeting, and has been invited as a visiting professor in numerous academic centers in Europe, North America and Australia.
Prof Kathy Rowan
In 1994, Kathy established the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC), a not-for-profit organisation in the UK, to facilitate improvements in the structure, process, outcomes and experiences of critical care for patients and for those who care for them. ICNARC undertakes a broad programme of clinical audit and research, both nationally and internationally.
From 1994 to 2013, Kathy led and directed ICNARC and, in 2004, was awarded the Humphry Davy Medal by the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists as a mark of distinction for her significant contribution to critical care. Following appointment of a Chief Executive in early 2014, Kathy now acts as ICNARC’s Director of Scientific & Strategic Development and remains Director of its UK Clinical Research Collaboration Registered Clinical Trials Unit. Kathy is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and in the Division of Research Strategy at University College London.
Dr Lennie Derde
Lennie is an internist and ID consultant, and has worked as an ICU consultant in the UMC Utrecht since 2013, after completing her training in the same hospital. She obtained her PhD degree in 2013 with a doctoral thesis on controlling antibiotic resistance in the ICU. For her thesis, she conducted a European multi-center cluster-randomized trial in 13 ICUs. More than 8000 patients were randomized in the study (MOSAR), funded by a European Union FP6 grant. Her main research interests are clinical trials of infections in the ICU, outbreak research and pandemics, with an interest in new trial designs (platform trials). Since 2014, she has been involved in an international innovative trial studying the best treatment for Community Acquired Pneumonia in ICU patients (REMAP-CAP). The design of the study will allow interventional studies to be undertaken in critically ill patients during epidemics / pandemics.
Lennie is a member of the Dutch multi-disciplinary committee developing national sepsis guidelines; member of the advisory board of the REACT study and a section editor of the Journal of Critical Care. She co-organizes the ESICM NEXT-fellowship “Infections in ICU: Modern Management” yearly.
Prof Marion Campbell
Marion Campbell is the University of Aberdeen's Vice-Principal for Research & Knowledge Exchange and Professor of Health Services Research in the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU). Marion's main research interests are in the methodology of evaluative research, especially the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials of surgical and other complex interventions. She has also published widely on cluster randomised trials. She has served on many national and international funding agencies and committees and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Faculty of Public Health and the International Society for Clinical Trials.
Marion graduated with an honours degree in Statistics from the University of Aberdeen and subsequently gained an MSc in Statistics and PhD in Public Health. Following early career appointments within the National Health Service in the fields of Operational Research and Statistics of Medical Audit, she joined the Health Services Research Unit in 1993. She became Director of the Unit in 2007 - a position she held until the end of 2015, when she became Dean of Research for Life Sciences and Medicine. She took up the role of Vice-Principal for Research & Knowledge Exchange in October 2017. HSRU remains her academic base.
Dr Bronwen Connolly
Dr Bronwen Connolly is a Consultant Clinical Research Physiotherapist in Critical Care at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and NIHR Postdoctoral Fellow investigating the development of a core outcome set for trials of physical rehabilitation in critical illness. Her research interests include physiological assessment of peripheral skeletal muscle architecture and function, the recovery, long-term outcome and survivorship of post critical illness patients and clinical trial methodology around complex rehabilitation interventions. In January 2019 she will commence an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship with the UK Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC). She is involved with a number of major national and international critical care organisations including the NIHR Critical Care Specialty Group, the UK Critical Care Research Group, the International Forum for Acute Care Trialists and co-chairs an ATS Workshop on ‘Determining the Outcomes for Assessment After Critical Illness’.
Dr Manu Shankar-Hari
Manu undertook clinical training as a junior doctor in Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust, University College London Hospital NHS Trust, The Royal Free Hospital, St Mary's Hospital and at a number of regional district general hospitals around London. Following specialisation in Intensive Care Medicine, he completed a period of research in sepsis immunology at King's College London that led to a PhD. He also completed formal research training in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine.
He was appointed as a consultant physician in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2009, where he continues to work. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist Award and the ANZICS Global Rising Star Award.
Manu's unique research perspective comes from combining formal training in epidemiology with training in basic science (immunology). His translational research focuses on epidemiology and adaptive immune system changes in sepsis survivors. This explores ways to improve acute and longer-term outcomes in adult critically ill sepsis and ARDS patient populations, by linking the illness immunobiology to trial design with novel research methods to identify sub-phenotypes of sepsis and ARDS using trial populations and how attributable risk informs trial design in critically ill patients.
For further details please see webpage: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/manu.shankar-hari.html
Prof Alistair Nichol
Alistair Nichol is the Chair of Critical Care Medicine in University College Dublin (UCD), the Chair of the Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials Group (ICC-CTG) and the Director of the Irish Critical Care - Clinical Research Core (ICC-CRC) methodology centre in Dublin, Ireland.
Alistair is a Fellow (Honorary visiting) in Tropical Medicine at Oxford University, where he works with the International Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Consortium. He has a particularly long commute as he also works in the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre in Melbourne. Alistair works clinically in St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin and is an honorary Intensivist in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
Prof Jason Sperry
Dr. Sperry is a Professor and Section Chief with a primary appointment in the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and General Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the elucidation of the mechanisms that are responsible for sex based outcome differences following injury, clinical outcomes following traumatic injury and primarily on massive transfusion, prehospital resuscitation, early correction of the coagulopathy which complicates injury and the ability to predict a complicated post-injury course in the early prehospital and trauma bay setting.
Dr.Sperry is the Principal Investigator for the LITES network, a multicenter trauma network to execute clinical trials for the Department of Defense. He is also the Principal investigator for the PAMPer trial and STAAMP trials funded by the Prehospital Use of Plasma in Traumatic Hemorrhage (PUPTH) program and the Tranexamic Acid Clinical Research (TACR) program, under the direction of the Department of The ARMY. Dr. Sperry is also the Principal Investigator for the PPOWER trial, funded by the NHLBI to characterize whole blood resuscitation following injury.
Assoc Prof Todd Rice
Associate Professor Todd Rice is an intensivist and director of the Medical ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Rice’s clinical and research interests are improving the care of critically ill patients, especially those with sepsis, ARDS, and acute respiratory failure. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has given more than 150 national and international lectures concerning advancing the care of critically ill patients.
Since 2011, Dr. Rice has spent considerable research time conducting large, pragmatic trials of comparative effectiveness research in critically ill patients as part of the Vanderbilt Learning Healthcare System. He is a founding member of the Pragmatic Critical Care Trials Research Group. Currently, Dr. Rice is the co-director of the Learning Healthcare Systems Platform in Vanderbilt’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). He also serves as the critical care PI for Vanderbilt’s NHLBI funded Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung injury (PETAL) clinical center. From 2005 through 2012, he served as an investigator in the NHLBI funded ARDS Network, where he designed and led three landmark trials. Dr. Rice is the senior author on the SMART and SALT-ED trials investigating the effects of balanced crystalloids compared to saline in critically ill and hospitalized patients.
Prof Anders Perner
Anders Perner is a senior staff specialist in Intensive Care, Rigshospitalet and professor in intensive care at Copenhagen University Hospital. He chairs the Scandinavian Critical Care Trials Group and the strategic research programme ‘New resuscitation strategies in patients with severe sepsis’.
This ongoing program will randomize 2000 patients with severe sepsis in three RCTs of resuscitation in 30 ICUs in all the Nordic countries. The first RCT, the 6S trial has been published and the second, the TRISS trial, has been finalized and the third, the CLASSIC trial, is protocolized.
Anders is the section editor at Intensive Care Medicine. His major research interest is clinical research in critically ill patients.
Prof Maureen McCunn
Maureen McCunn, MD, MIPP, FCCM, FASA is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology University of Maryland School of Medicine, and has worked at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Division of Trauma Anesthesiology - serving as the Medical Director of the Neurotrauma ICU, Physician Director of the Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy program, and working in the Program in Trauma, for almost 20 years.
Dr. McCunn completed 2 fellowships encompassing Critical Care, Trauma, Interhospital ground/air transport for ARDS patients, and ECMO. She was the 1st physician accepted to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and obtained a master’s degree in International Public Policy. Maureen has worked with the WHO on several committees and developed a trauma training program for the Ministry of Health in Egypt as part of an NIH grant. She was elected “Teacher of the Year” twice at both Shock Trauma and at the University of Pennsylvania by the critical care fellows. Her research has focused on traumatic brain injury, early use of ECMO following trauma, trauma care in low and middle income nations, and gender-based leadership skills and resuscitation-collaboration following trauma. Maureen also sponsors Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy during their 4 years of undergraduate education and mentors pre-med students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.
She is a founding member and on the Board of Directors of the Trauma Anesthesiology Society, has served on the ASA Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness for over 10 years – now serving as the Chair of the committee - and is on the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Seniors Committee.
(A) Consultant / Specialist
Consultants / Specialists / Attendings - those who have completed training
(A) Non-Consultant Doctor
Doctors in training and staff & associate specialists
(A) Nurse / Allied Health Professional
Includes non-clinical academics
(A) Maternity / Paternity Leave
Delegates need to be on maternity / paternity leave, and be on a reduced salary, at the time of the meeting
Delegates who are enrolled full-time in higher level education
|(B) Thursday Evening Social||£60.00|
|(B) Friday Evening Rooftop Party||£40.00|
(C) Childcare - Thursday
(C) Childcare - Friday
Join us on Thursday evening at 17:00 as we gather for drinks and finger food before spending an hour or two wandering through the amazing Titanic exhibition charting the story of the world's most famous ship. At 20:00 we walk just yards to the new Titanic Hotel, built on the site of the drawing rooms where Titanic was designed, for a night of music complete with more food and drink.
After the meeting has finished come join us as we host a small private rooftop party with the faculty at Belfast's top hotel, the Merchant. With an acoustic music session planned, this will be the perfect way to relax and chat after two great days of conferencing. Again, food and music will be included. Numbers are strictly limited, so don't miss out.
Friday Morning Run
Join Peter McGuigan as he leads a group run around the Titanic Quarter at 7am on Friday morning. There will be both quick(ish) and slow(ish) groups over 3 and 5 km. If you can beat Peter over 3 km, you'll win free registration to #CCR20 (1 prize only - Peter's not that quick...). Please email email@example.com if you intend on running so we have an idea of numbers.
This year we are delighted to offer a more child friendly meeting, including a creche, baby feeding area, and the option to bring your little one into the meeting if you wish. We even have special maternity & paternity registration rates for parents on leave at the time of the meeting.
If you would like to avail of the opportunity to bring your child into the meeting please let us know in advance by emailing LJ@criticalcarereviews.com.
Should you need to avail of childcare to attend the meeting, we are pleased to be able to offer this. This facility is provided by registered childcare professionals in a dedicated, secure room two floors below the conference. You will be able to pop down and see your little ones during the breaks and lunch and can also bring them into the meeting for a period. We have a limited capacity to care for children so please book early. Further details are available by emailing LJ@criticalcarereviews.com.
A private baby feeding area is provided, including some equipment and a large screen from where you can watch the presentations live. Please let us know in advance if you would like to use this facility so we can prepare for the correct number of babies. You can do this by emailing LJ@criticalcarereviews.com.
A quiet space is provided throughout both days for prayer and reflection. This is a multi-denominational facility.
Luggage & Cloakroom
As delegates are increasingly taking advantage of the close proximity of Titanic to Belfast City Airport (1 mile away) and Belfast International Airport (15 miles away), and are arriving direct with luggage, we are providing a luggage storage and cloakroom facility. Although we can't guarantee the safety of any valuables, we will have a member of staff there at all times to look after your belongings. Please take your valuables with you. For delegates staying at the Titanic Hotel, this is directly beside Titanic and is just 20 metres away. Please allow enough time at the start and end of the day to store and retrieve your luggage and coat.
Recently opened, the 4* Titanic Hotel is located in the restored original White Star drawing rooms where the plans for RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and RMS Brittanic were designed. Just yards from Titanic, the venue for #CCR19, the Titanic Hotel oozes class and displays many exhibitions from the Titanic era.
The Titanic Hotel will also host the Thursday evening social event.
Room Rates (Wednesday to Friday)
- £109 B&B Standard Room
- £129 B&B Superior Room
- £218 B&B Standard Room
- £258 B&B Superior Room
- £300 B&B Standard Room
- £350 B&B Superior Room
Please either phone or email using this code: 26810
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: +44 (0)289508 2000
The Merchant Hotel is Northern Ireland's premier hotel and is situated in the heart of the cultural centre of Belfast, the Cathedral Quarter. The site of a former bank, this establishment is a beautiful example of the wealth Belfast accumulated during the industrial revolution and when it was the ship building capital of the world. The Merchant is also the venue for the Friday evening social event. It is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the Merchant to Titanic.
All rooms are inclusive of a full Irish Breakfast, service and VAT, and are based on single occupancy. A £10 supplement is added for double occupancy.
- £165 Art Deco or Victorian Room
- £165 Art Deco or Victorian Room
- £165 Art Deco or Victorian Room
- £235 Art Deco or Victorian Room
- £235 Art Deco or Victorian Room
Please phone quoting this code: CRITICAL SATELLITE 2019
- phone: +44 (0)289023 4888
There is a wide range of alternative hotels outside the two we have partnered with. In general, hotels in Belfast are cheaper than in larger major European cities. Please check out the linked list from tripadvisor to see what other options are available.
With excellent hotel rates available, and a small compact city and surrounding countryside to explore, why not make your trip to the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2019 a short winter break. There is loads to see and do!
Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction opened in 2012, on the site of the White Star shipyard where RMS Titanic, Olympic & Britannic were built and launched. It was voted the world's top tourist attraction in 2017 and happens to also host the Critical Care Reviews Meeting! Please note, a 2 hour tour of the exhibition is an optional extra for delegates on the Thursday evening of the meeting.
No trip to Belfast would be complete without a black taxi tour of the interface areas of the city where much of recent "Troubles" were played out. This is a simply fascinating activity, especially for those of an age who lived through this difficult period. There are lots of tours available - we've linked to a simple google search.
Crumulin Road Gaol was built between 1843 and 1845 in North Belfast and played a central role in Belfast's history. It housed prisoners from Famine times right up to the "Troubles", where an underground tunnel connected the Gaol with the courthouse opposite. Seventeen prisoners were executed in the prison, the last being hanged in 1961.
There are few better ways to see a city than by walking it's streets with a knowledgeable local guide. First populated over 5000 years ago during the bronze age, but mainly growing from the 17th century onwards, Belfast's history spans the industrial revolution, ship building, the Troubles and now, a vigourous revival, highlighted by being nominated as one of Lonely Planet's must see venues in 2018.
The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the north coast of Ireland. It consists of about 40,000 interlocking basalt hexagonal columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption.
Dunluce Castle dates from the 13th century, and was first built by Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster.
The rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede was first erected by fishermen more than 350 years ago where they fished for Atlantic salmon on the tiny island of Carrickarede. The bridge spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) high.
Dating from 1608, Bushmills distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.
Miscellaneous Other Activities
While the hit American fantasy series Game of Thrones has been filmed at various locations around the world, Titanic studios, Belfast, has been home to it's cast and crew for almost the past 10 years. Situated just 200 metres from Titanic, Titanic Studio is visible on the top left image as the large yellow & grey structure. The Dark Hedges, pictured above, is just one of many filming locations used throughout Northern Ireland.
Acclaimed Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney hailed from Bellaghy, Co. Derry. Formerly a professor at Havard and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He has been described as "the greatest poet of our age". Following his death in 2013, the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, an exhibition of his life and work, was opened in Bellaghy, just 45 minutes drive from Belfast.
While we have highlighted several of the top attractions Belfast and the surrounding area has to offer, there are many more activities and sight seeing opportunities than we can list. For your convenience we have linked to the top tourist features as voted by the users of tripadvisor.
With a vast selection of fantastic restaurants suitable for all price ranges Belfast has quickly made it's mark on the culinary scene. From Michelin starred to smaller establishments, all tastes are accounted for. Be warned, restaurants can book out very quickly, so don't delay too long. We have linked once more to tripadvisor so you can get an independent view of where to eat.
Titanic, Belfast, is the venue for the Critical Care Reviews Meeting. Opened in 2012 to coincide with the anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, this incredible building is a physical match for the original ship, with bows projecting from each corner and stands the same height as the famous White Star ocean liner. Now a major visitor centre, Titanic was voted the world's number 1 tourist attraction in 2017. Situated on the exact location where RMS Titanic was constructed, this iconic building overlooks the slipways where RMS Titanic and Olympic were launched into the Atlantic Ocean.
Titanic Belfast is only 2.4km (1.5 miles) away from Belfast City Centre; a pleasant 25-30 minute walk.
Vehicles approaching Belfast on the M1 or M2 should follow the signs to Belfast City Airport M3, taking the first exit for Titanic Quarter. There are 520 secure, underground paid parking spaces available. Parking charges are £1.50 for the first hour and £1 per hour thereafter.
Translink operate regular train services from Belfast City Centre and beyond. For up-to-date information on timetables please see www.translink.co.uk. Please disembark at Titanic Quarter Station for Titanic Belfast.
From here there is pedestrian access via a footbridge, please then follow signage to Titanic Belfast. Walking time is approx. 15 mins from station.
Translink operate Metro Services 26, 26A, 26B, 26C from Belfast City Centre - departing outside the Belfast Welcome Centre to Titanic Belfast. While the Airport Express 600, 600A, 600B services Belfast City Centre, Titanic Belfast and George Best Belfast City Airport. View timetables here for latest information.
George Best Belfast City Airport is just a few drive from Titanic Belfast, with regular bus links and taxi or car hire available at the airport. For full details please see www.belfastcityairport.com.
Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from Titanic Belfast, with a regular bus service running to Belfast City Centre - Airport Express 300/300A. Onward travel to Titanic Belfast is via bus routes detailed above. Taxi and car hire services are also available at Belfast International Airport, for full details please see www.belfastairport.com.
Dublin Airport is around 90 minutes drive from Titanic Belfast, with a regular bus service and car hire available from all usual major providers.