Theatre Tour Experience
Delve into the colourful past, and hear about the dazzling present and exciting future of Northern Ireland's oldest Theatre.
- Sat 24 Feb - Sat 29 Jun 2024
- Saturdays 10:30am & 12:00pm
£12.50 - £9.00 Includes maximum applicable per ticket booking fee.
Discover the History
Uncover a unique piece of Belfast's cultural history on an interactive tour.
Gain new perspective by stepping out onto the iconic auditorium stage.
Join us on a friendly, informative and fun journey from 1895 to the present day.
Find out more about the exciting shows coming up at the Theatre.
About the Tour
Led by one of our knowledgeable Customer Experience Assistants, a Theatre tour gives you the chance to see the incredible results of the restoration of this iconic building, and explore the fascinating story of the Grand Opera House’s rich and colourful history.
Follow in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, Luciano Pavarotti and Darcey Bussell by walking out onto the iconic stage; see what happens behind the scenes during a show, and explore the symbolism and meaning of the gods, elephants, stars and other stunning architectural features inside Frank Matcham's auditorium.
Theatre Tours last for between 45 minutes and an hour, and tour participants also have exclusive access to the Heritage Exhibition for 30 minutes before their tour start time.
Completed in 2021 with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Grand Opera House Heritage Exhibition charts the history of the Theatre from its 1895 construction on the former site of Ginnett’s Circus, to the present day.
The exhibition begins in the stalls foyer with a gallery of some of the best-known performers to have appeared on the Grand Opera House stage. In the Grand Circle foyer you can learn about the life and work of the Theatre’s architect, Frank Matcham, and in the Grand Circle Bar you can see photos from some of the biggest shows to have visited in recent years.
The main part of the exhibition is in the Gods foyer, where a visual timeline and interactive touchscreens take you through the key dates and events in the Theatre’s history.
“A wonderful way to spend a few hours. Would highly recommend looking out for tickets.”
“We went for a tour of the theatre and we absolutely loved it. The history behind it, the stories and facts was so much more than I would have imagined.”
“It really brought the history of the place to life – I feel like I’ll always look at the Grand Opera House in a new light now.”