Hms BelfastCurrently Closed
- Address: The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2JH, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-2079406300
- Ticket Price: 15 GBP
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: History Museums, Family And Kids, Specialty Museums
Once a massive war ship, HMS Belfast is now a ship museum part of the Imperial War Museums and is permanently moored in London on the Thames River. The ship is famous for its role in the sinking of the German ship "Scharnhorst" during World War II.
The 9 decks of the ship open to public offer an opportunity for visitors to explore three broad sections. The first of these is “Life on the Ship” which includes living quarters, cabins, mess rooms, the chapel and galley. The second is the “Inner Workings” which explores the decks below water containing the engine room, boiler rooms and several other mechanical and operational stations of the ship. The third section comprises of the “Action Stations” on the upper decks, which include the ship’s armament, Admiral’s bridge and gun direction platform.
Visitors can also hear real life stories of veterans in the Life at Sea exhibition, and experience the heat of battle in the Gun Turret Experience. The interactive guided tour is very informative and engaging for all who have an interest in history and marine warfare. Also, visit nearby attractions in the city which are covered in London itinerary 5 days.
- Not ideal for people with disabilities as there are a lot of ladders and stairs.
- Some basic refreshments are available for purchase onboard.
- It may not be interesting for very young children.
- During adverse weather, it may become necessary for certain ladders and upper decks on HMS Belfast to be closed at short notice. Please ask a member of staff on board for more information.
- Occasionally the place needs to close early, but that information is updated on site. Please check.
- Child (5-15): £7.25
- Children under 5's free, must be accompained by an adult.
- Family ticket (1 adult / 2 children): £25.45
- Family ticket (2 adults / up to 3 children): £38.15
- Concessions (Senior / student / disabled): £11.60
- Carer, one per disabled visitor: Free
- Art Fund Member: £7.25
- Member: Free
- In winter, last admission at 4pm.
- In summer, last admission at 5pm.
- Tube Station : London Bridge
- The Horrniman at Hays
- Cafe Rouge
- Cote Restaurant
- Upper Deck Bar
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My son and I visited here in July of 2017. It was quite something to be able to walk through this ship. It is truly living history and so much more authentic than seeing the same exhibits in a museum. The displays were so well put together and you start to get a sense of the tight living and working conditions of those who served on her. I think we spent over 2 hours navigating our way through and could have been there longer. Well worth the money!
Very interesting experience. The ship is well preserved and has lots to see. I would describe it best as a sort of adult jungle gym and is a bit strenuous. The ship also features a few animated pieces that add to the realism and the environment of the ship creating an authentic environment. Lots of history and a unique experience.
Impressive British ship that took part in one of the greatest naval engagements of WWII and led the way on D-Day in 1944. Also played a major role supporting UN forces in Korea from 1950-1952. You can explore every floor and see the innovative shell room. I'd recommend buying the guidebook and using the audioguide which is included in the entrance fee. The interactive control room helped to keep the children entertained (12 and 15yrs).
I really enjoyed my visit and tour around this cruiser which saw service during WW2. You get to see how every aspect and function of the ship fitted together as you explore the full length and many decks of this ship. Be prepared to climb many steep steel ladders as you pass between the nine decks. Don't miss the "Gun Turret" experience with the simulated firing of it's 16"cannons complete with smoke, sound and vibrations. The "Shell Room" where munitions were stored and transported to the gun turrets is also one of my favourite parts of the ship. There are toilets on board and plenty of audio/written material to help you get the most from your visit. Definately 5 stars and value for money. My only criticism would be that the free audio guides should have headsets so you can listen to the interesting commentary "hands free"
Let's start with the important part: the free audio guide is a must. Following its route and listening to its explanation gives you a really good tour. You will learn about the ship's history and technical details, as well as the sailors' experience. The whole tour took us a little over two hours, so plan some time if you want to savor every little bit. And finally, you do not need to fear sea sickness. The ship is firmly fixed, so there is no is no rocking.