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“Best theatre in the World” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grand Opera House

Grand Opera House
Ranked #7 of 207 things to do in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Grand Opera House in Belfast is Northern Ireland's premier theatre, presenting a range of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals, pantomime, family and West End shows. Established in 1895, the theatre boasts the majestic Victorian main auditorium designed by renowned architect Frank Matcham. Extended in 2006, the original building has been joined by a striking addition to Belfast's skyline, The Baby Grand. The initiate studio is home to a smaller performance space with 100 seats. Northern Ireland's premier theatre delivers an outstanding programme of entertainment, playing host to some of the greatest names in theatre and music. The theatre boasts a wide array of popular shows; everything from opera and drama to pantomime, comedy and musicals. The Grand Opera House offers unrivalled corporate hospitality with tailored events packages and is the perfect venue for meetings, special events and conferences of all sizes. The historical theatre is one of the most unique conference venues in Belfast, catering for seminars, conferences, meetings and weddings for up to 130 people in the Baby Grand Studio. The Main Auditorium holds up to 1060 people and smaller meeting rooms are also available. The theatre bars stock a range of drinks including beer, wine and spirits, in addition to tea and coffee.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Northern Ireland
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226 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Best theatre in the World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

No matter how many times you go to the Opera House you see something different about the building - while the new entrance is a modern building the original theatre is just beautiful with ornate carvings etc and one of the last remaining theatres of its kind - given the amount of bombing that happened nearby over the past years it is an absolute miracle that the theatre is still intact - if you are ever in Belfast don't miss a visit.

Visited November 2012
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“Stunning Decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Much to our disappointment we did not get to attend an event at the GOH however; we were greeted with the same enthusiasm from the lobby employees as if we had the best seats in the house. They took the time for interesting historical information about the venue and invited us to come back after the afternoon performan to view the seating/stage area. Beautiful venue.

Visited October 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Grand Opera House Excellent Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The whole atmosphere of theatre and expectation is complimented by the surroundings of the adjoining bar and restaurant, plus intimate old style bar within old theatre building. Every production I have seen here has been of extremely high standard. Comparable to West End, London.

Staff efficient and friendly and always helpful.

An enjoyable and worthwhile experience!

Visited November 2011
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34 reviews
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“Beautiful Old Theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The inside of this building is unique. Never seen anything so amazing, yet it survived many attacks during the Troubles

Visited May 2012
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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“Censored... Will never return”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Long term frequent visitors to the GOH, we went to see death on a shoestring as part of the festival at Queens. We both did not enjoy the play. After the performance we saw a comments board where you were invited to post your comments about the play. We both posted our views and as we walked downstairs we noticed someone taking our posts off the board and screwing them up. My wife went back and asked this person what he was doing. He said he was the director of the play and didn't want any negative posts about his play. My wife tried to reason with him but he was adamant that only positive comments would be allowed.

We left disgusted at such an attitude and will not return.

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