What's On at HMS Caroline


HMS Caroline Sketching Day
1st October, 11am – 3pm, Learning Room and throughout ship

Are you aged 50+? If the answer is yes then step on board HMS Caroline on the 1st October and join artist Jim Russell for a sketching and drawing workshop.

This is a free workshop suitable for all levels, for 50+ adults, as part of Belfast City Council’s Positive Ageing Month.

Please note this workshop will involve walking, participants are welcome to bring portable seating if required.

Advanced booking is required. Please contact us on 02890 454484 (option 3) or email learning.caroline@nmrn.org.uk to book.



HMS Caroline Talks ‘The Second World War: 80 Years on’
9th October, 2019, 6:30pm 

Join us in the Dockside Museum as we commemorate 80 years since the outbreak of the Second World War with a fascinating lecture series.

Our two distinguished speakers feature Victoria Millar, senior curator from National Museums Northern Ireland and former curator of HMS Caroline and Military Historian and NI War Memorial Trustee Richard Doherty.

Victoria Millar will chart the experiences of a selection of the men from the Ulster Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who were called upon the outbreak of World War II. Key stories of note include the Davey brothers who amassed distinguished war records during the conflict and W. L. Stephens who took part in the assault on Saint Nazaire and was taken prisoner-of-war in 1942.

The island of Ireland in the Second World War - Richard Doherty, Military Historian, Author, Broadcaster & Trustee at the NI War Memorial

One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has thirty books to his credit. Chronologically, his titles range from The Williamite War in Ireland 1688-1691 to Helmand Mission: With the Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008. His talk will form the second half of our evening and focus on the experiences of men and women from the island of Ireland during the Second World War.

Your tickets also include access on board HMS Caroline. The ship will be open from 5.30pm for visitors to enjoy the self-guided experience, with the lectures commencing at 6.30pm in our Dockside Museum located in the Pump House.

Tickets: Adults: £5 / Concessions: £3

Photo taken from Patrick Davey Collection courtesy of Christina Davey 



Sensory Explorers Access Morning
13th October, 10am-12pm 

The Sensory Explorers Access Morning is designed especially for families with children and/or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs.

The morning offers a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the ship in a more relaxed setting.

The museum will be open to the public as usual, however the volume of the interactives and soundscapes in the historic spaces will be reduced.

There will be sensory resources and craft activities available in our Learning Room on board the ship and the Jutland AV will also be switched off for the duration of the event

Please contact us on 02890 454484 (option 3) or email learning.caroline@nmrn.org.uk for any additional information that might help to plan your visit.

Book your tickets online to receive a 20% discount; accompanying essential companions are entitled to complimentary entry to the ship.



Make do and Mend at HMS Caroline
15th October, 12 – 3pm, Learning Room

Did you know that during the Second World War, Allied silk maps were smuggled into Prisoner Of War camps, given to parachutists and, due to textiles rations and the Make Do and mend movement, were then used to make clothes.

Join local artist, Sue Cathcart, and use later copies of the maps to create your own mini crafts.

This is a free workshop but booking is required. Please contact us on 02890 454484 (option 3) or email learning.caroline@nmrn.org.uk to book.

This workshop has been scheduled as part of Belfast City Council’s Positive Ageing Month and is bookable by adults aged 50+. 

Photo taken from the Garland Collection. 



HMS Caroline by Torchlight
28th-29th October

Tickets - £10 

This October, step on board HMS Caroline after hours for an exclusive guided tour where you can explore one of the last remaining battle ships from the First World War by torchlight!

Be transported back in time over 100 years ago to 1916 – The year of the Battle of Jutland! Navigate your way through the ship with the help of an experienced guide.

Discover historic spaces such as the Captain’s Quarters and the Officer’s Ward Room before delving down into the depths to explore our engine rooms.

Be entertained along the way with a series of interesting facts and anecdotes about HMS Caroline and the ‘Carries’.

Learn about sailor superstitions, hear about the men who served on board and find out more about heroic battles.

Join us for this special event and see HMS Caroline in a different light!

*Photo courtsey of SIX MILE Images



The Haunted Mansion - Movie Screening at HMS Caroline 
30th October, 6pm 

Are you ready to experience Halloween at HMS Caroline? 

Join us on 30th October for a family movie night where we will be screening Disney's 'The Haunted Mansion' a timeless family favourite, full of fun and thrills. 

Grab your popcorn and get ready to watch this spooky family classic on board a 105 year old ship! 

Tickets are £5 per person and a variety of refreshments will be available to purchase on the night.



A Nightmare on Elm Street - Movie Screening at HMS Caroline
30th October, 8:30pm 

For those who love a thrill, head to HMS Caroline for the hair-rising and horrifying ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’.

Are you brave enough to watch this eerie film on board a First World War ship?

There is no better way to get ready for the spookiest night of the year than by watching this Halloween classic on board a living legend.

Tickets are £5 per person and refreshments are available to buy on the night.



Halloween at HMS Caroline
Halloween Trail, 26th October – 3rd November

Set sail for HMS Caroline this Halloween for a spooky half term!

Get your costumes ready and explore the ship with our Black Cat Trail, inspired by our mascot Tom the black cat who lived on board during the First World War.

Explore all the dark spaces on board the ship and hunt for all sorts of creatures along the way.

Between 30th October to 1st November little monsters can be mesmerised by our roaming magician, before getting creative with a variety of craft activities including making your own Halloween Mask.

So step on board HMS Caroline for the ultimate family day out this Halloween.


Maritime Babies
21st November, 10.30am-11.15am

Join us this autumn for one of our maritime-themed baby sensory sessions.

Led by artist Squiggles and Giggles, these sessions provide parents and babies an opportunity to explore materials, sounds, colours and textures in a range of maritime and sea themed activities.

Refreshments for parents will be provided. This activity is free but advance booking is required. We have capacity for 1 adult with every baby. Suitable for 4 months to pre-walking.

To book your place, please contact 028 9045 4484.


HMS Caroline 1916