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Belfast gets its own Jurassic Park as beasts roar into W5

By Claire Williamson

Fancy getting up close to a Tyrannosaurus rex?

Well here is your opportunity with a new adventure that will take you back millions of years at the Odyssey Pavilion's W5 in Belfast.

Dinosaur Encounter is a touring exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London which features lifelike animatronic models and is now open to the public.

Visitors yesterday got to meet the star of the show - the Tyrannosaurus rex.

It was one of the largest land-dwelling omnivores that ever lived and was of course the star of classic sci-fi adventure Jurassic Park.

The exhibition will be running daily throughout the summer until August 31.

The dinosaur safari will take visitors through authentic landscapes, with moving and roaring beasts providing a real-life impression of what it was like 160 million years ago.

The exhibition features eight animatronic dinosaur models which have been designed to appear as scientifically accurate as possible. In addition, you can examine dinosaur teeth, bones and learn about the role of the scientists working in palaeontology.

Adrian Lutton, head of exhibitions, design and marketing at W5, said: "We are delighted to welcome Dinosaur Encounter to W5 this summer and also work in partnership with the Natural History Museum to deliver a truly incredible experience for our visitors.

"This is one of the most exciting exhibitions that we have brought to the centre so far.

"Through in-depth research and advanced technology the team has been able to bring new levels of lifelike reality to the animatronic models."

He added: "Visitors will come face-to-face with the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, which was one of the fiercest land predators ever known. This massive animatronic model, which stands at four metres tall and seven metres long, is so lifelike you'll think it's the real thing.

"We hope that through this enjoyable and immersive exhibition our visitors will be inspired to discover more about dinosaurs."

The exhibition is free to visit with admission to W5.

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