HMS Caroline

HMS Caroline, Ireland’s favourite First World Warship, is hosting a kids go free Summer Family Festival brimming with activities for families with young children and teenagers on July 14, 15 and 16.

Each day will be jam-packed with fun-filled activities including story telling sessions, green screen photography and opportunities to dress-up as a nautical character at our selfie station. The five-star tourist attraction and floating museum is offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal with historic and replica items including torpedoes, communications systems and big guns. Young children can take on the role of ‘Caroline Conservators’ by hunting for pets and mini beasts with our Pest Patrol Trail.

But it won’t all be hard work! Meet our puppet Captain as he roams around the ship and join in with Sailor Dan singing sea shanties on the deck. There will also be opportunities to pick up some sailor skills including stitching and knitting.

HMS Caroline was reopened as a museum following a three-year, £20m restoration last year funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the NI government.

It is the last surviving floating ship from the 1916 Battle of Jutland which saw the two grand fleets of Germany and Britain fight it out in the North Sea. While the outcome of the battle was considered a draw it nonetheless marked the beginning of the end of the war two years later.

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