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“Stunning theatre which is sympathetic to the scale of the town...”

National Opera House
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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391 reviews
228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
“Stunning theatre which is sympathetic to the scale of the town...”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

To have a personal guided tour through Wexford Opera House was very special. Having been to most theatres in England in which operas are presented, including both the old and new Glyndebourne theatres, this is the first time we’ve had an opportunity to visit this splendid theatre which is the home to one of the world’s great opera festivals. The first thing one notices is just how well the building fits into the townscape. The main entrance is quite understated on a narrow town street and yet opens up into a series of excellent public spaces decorated with imaginative art works. The opera house auditorium itself is stupendous and, whilst being a traditional shape, is very modern in look with beautifully finished wood specially incorporated into the design to create the perfect acoustic. Friends who have sung here have attested to the excellence of the building for singing. The seats are comfortable and I understand that these have also been included in the acoustic equation. Working up through the building we eventually arrived at the splendid café with views over the town and the estuary - when the weather is better than it was when we went. Efficient service and good snacks in the café topped off a memorable visit. Would that we could afford to come over to Ireland when the festival is on! Recommended.

Visited May 2014
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Wexford, Ireland
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“Wheelchair friendly.”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We have been to Wexford Opera House a few times in the last couple of years and have always been impressed with the wheelchair access throughout. The staff are very friendly and helpful and always willing to give a hand when asked. The acoustics are just wonderful and the seating layout enables everyone, wherever they are seated, to have an excellent view of the stage.
The only downside is the outside access and parking, particularly for wheelchair users, as there's only a couple of disabled parking bays in the car park, which is a few minutes walk away, along a very narrow and uneven footpath. The road is far too narrow for a wheelchair user to use safely instead of the footpath. Once inside, you will be amazed at how spacious it is. It's well worth a visit, but allow yourselves time to find suitable parking for a wheelchair user.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful venue, mediocre restaurant”
Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

The opera house itself is a stunning building. Nestled between family homes on the winding High Street, it is a triumph of imagination and architecture. The restaurant on the third floor has good views over the town's rooftops but an unappealing menu and lack of ambience on an otherwise busy Saturday afternoon left us disappointed.

Visited July 2014
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UK
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“Stunning”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We had a tour of the Opera House and it was absolutely stunning inside. From the outside, you wouldn't even know it was there, but inside is like a TARDIS. I would highly recommend going to the cafe on the top floor. The cakes and hot drinks are lovely and there is a little balcony with views of Wexford harbour. Just gorgeous.

Visited July 2014
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Frome, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Fantastic views from the cafe on the 3rd floor, and the food was first class. We only had a light lunch, but it was well presented, tasty, and the staff were very friendly.

Visited June 2014
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