Grand Opera House
Grand Opera House
4.5
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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.
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Neighbourhood: Golden Mile
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  • Botanic • 10 min walk
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  • Malcolm D
    Portadown, United Kingdom67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oliver , never before has a show triumphed more
    We went to see the young people’s presentation of the musical Oliver . We were totally blown away by the standard of the singing , dancing , passion and sheer enthusiasm of these young boys and girls. They called it amateur but , in our opinion, it was better than many professional performances we have seen over the years. A special mention must be made of Caroline McMichael in the role of Nancy . What a voice ! One to watch for the future
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Mark B
    London, United Kingdom361 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lavish theatre
    Lovely theatre, beautifully decorated. Lots of history on the walls so go upstairs to the third floor and take a look around. View of the stage is excellent from all seats, even the ones up in the gods. No alcohol or glassware allowed in the auditorium which is a bit of a blow but considering that the bar is ludicrously expensive this is probably for the best Staff are nice and friendly and the whole place is spotless. We saw the Buddy Holly story which was a bit meh but seemed to go down well with the audience who were mostly over 60 Great acoustics
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Hanz1515
    81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend the Theatre Tour
    Myself and my dad did the Theatre Tour of the GOH guided by the lovely Ellen. Ellen was so knowledgeable and approachable, answered all the groups questions and had a lovely way about. You could tell she really loves working at GOH. I have lived in Northern Ireland all my life, been to pantomimes in early 90s and have always loved getting a chance to go to musicals as an adult. This Tour was so good, getting to hear the history of such an iconic venue and getting to go on stage was brilliant. I would highly recommend, it is only 1.5hours and is usually early morning on a Saturday but tickets get snapped up very quickly so book ahead if you are planning to come to Belfast. Something nice but different to do even for someone who has lived here all their life.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • colsanders93
    Belfast, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour, even for locals!
    Did the tour on Saturday with our guide Ellen. Really knowledgeable guide with lots of fun facts even with us being from Belfast ourselves. Have been to the GOH many times over the years and had no idea of the history and architecture. Would definitely recommend the tour to tourists and locals alike.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Lisa O
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A historic tour with a difference.
    My husband and I booked a tour of the Grand Opera House. Our guide was Anna-Marie who was very knowledgeable and entertaining, she obviously loves her job and the building. The tour was very interesting and informative - it finished on the stage which gave us a new perspective of the theatre. We would highly recommend this tour.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Paul M
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow wow wow
    Wow wow wow, what a building, what a place, last visit here was 11 years ago and it is as unbelievable as ever. Great building, great staff. Toilets and food and drink selection was slightly dissapointing but overall another great experience in the heart of Belfast City
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Alison P
    Ballymena, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Class Experiece
    Went to see The Mousetrap. Fantastic building, very helpful staff and top class show! Actors were first class. Building is clean and tidy with lots of history. Can’t wait to go back.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 March 2024
  • jonnyd73
    Belfast, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Mousetrap
    First time back at the GOH since the renovations. Still as charming as ever. Came to see the Mousetrap. Brilliant show. Had a drink in the new lobby area . Really enjoyed the whole experience and looking forward to returning. A real gem.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
  • stephenstokes2012
    Newry, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Theatre Tours
    I went on one of the theatre tours. It was fantastic. Our tour guide Anne-Marie was so passionate about the opera house and her wealth of knowledge about its history was amazing. I would highly recommend this tour if you have 1 hour to spare whilst visiting Belfast.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2024
  • RM
    Ballymoney, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for shows
    Took the wife to see pretty women. The Grand opera house is a special location, we do love going here. Usually get centre circle seating as good distance from the stage and a good view. The seats can be a bit uncomfortable if sitting long but the sound and experience is second to none. Nice bar with view of street at intermission too.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2024
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RM
Ballymoney, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Took the wife to see pretty women. The Grand opera house is a special location, we do love going here. Usually get centre circle seating as good distance from the stage and a good view. The seats can be a bit uncomfortable if sitting long but the sound and experience is second to none. Nice bar with view of street at intermission too.
Written 14 June 2024
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stephenstokes2012
Newry, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I went on one of the theatre tours. It was fantastic. Our tour guide Anne-Marie was so passionate about the opera house and her wealth of knowledge about its history was amazing. I would highly recommend this tour if you have 1 hour to spare whilst visiting Belfast.
Written 10 June 2024
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Libby Ferguson
Dungannon, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A group of us did the Grand Opera Hose tour AnnMarie was our guide. It was a fantastic experience. Annmarie was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it!
Written 4 June 2024
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Tina A
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Got to see Lady in Black . Fabulous play and the theatre is beautiful and stunning.
I managed to get a half price ticket due to my age. Worth every penny!
Written 20 May 2024
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jonnyd73
Belfast, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
First time back at the GOH since the renovations. Still as charming as ever. Came to see the Mousetrap. Brilliant show. Had a drink in the new lobby area . Really enjoyed the whole experience and looking forward to returning. A real gem.
Written 3 March 2024
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Alison P
Ballymena, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Went to see The Mousetrap. Fantastic building, very helpful staff and top class show! Actors were first class. Building is clean and tidy with lots of history. Can’t wait to go back.
Written 3 March 2024
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Allana Nug
County Meath, Ireland23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Extremely worth a night out , wonderful old theatre in the heart of Belfast.
Pre theatre dinner , try The Catch restaurant ,just a few minutes away from the Opera House on Wellington Pl , even my fussy teenage s found the carbarnara
Absolutely amazing .. we were able to pre order cocktails that were waiting for us at the interval .. overall a great experience and lovely evening ..
Written 14 February 2024
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Paul M
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Wow wow wow, what a building, what a place, last visit here was 11 years ago and it is as unbelievable as ever. Great building, great staff. Toilets and food and drink selection was slightly dissapointing but overall another great experience in the heart of Belfast City
Written 11 February 2024
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Beegee
Lisburn, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to the pantomime to see Snow White. It was fantastic. Enjoyed by the adults as much as the kids.
Written 22 December 2023
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SinG
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The worst online ordering system I have come across. It is extremely NOT user friendly. Fourth attempt to order online has failed. I think I will just giVE up
Written 20 December 2023
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