Sir Kenneth Branagh visits HMS Caroline on his own historic day

Local actor, Sir Kenneth Branagh came aboard one of Belfast’s most historic attractions, HMS Caroline, to surprise a group hosted by Belfast City Council for a screening of Dunkirk.

Branagh is in the city to be awarded the Freedom of Belfast and was welcomed on board HMS Caroline by Jamie Wilson from The National Museum of the Royal Navy and joined by Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister and Paul Mullan, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.

Mr Branagh enjoyed a short tour of the iconic vessel, before giving a very special welcome to those on board for the movie screening.

Mr Wilson, General Manager for HMS Caroline, The National Museum of the Royal Navy spoke of the team’s delight to welcome Mr Branagh to the WW1 vessel; “HMS Caroline is a unique piece of history, moored here in Alexandra Dock and restored to its former glory thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.

“The next few months are very exciting for us as we open the new visitor centre in the Pump House, as well as the bespoke built bridge in March, which connects the entire area, giving further accessibility to this heritage asset in Belfast. It has been a pleasure welcoming Mr Branagh to see this piece of living history, and of course, give our visitors today a fantastic surprise ahead of their special Dunkirk screening.”

HMS Caroline opens to the public seven days a week until 5pm. For more information, visit

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