HMS Belfast

Attractions, Ships and boats Aldgate
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HMS Belfast
Andrew Brackenbury
HMS Belfast

Europe's largest cruiser from WWII, HMS Belfast is now a floating naval museum, a landmark on the Thames near Tower Bridge, with its nine huge decks, including gun turrets, punishment rooms and an operating theatre. 'HMS Belfast in War and Peace' tells the story of the HMS Belfast from her inception in the mid-1930s to the decision to save her for the nation in 1971. Original artefacts, documents, plans and drawings (as well as contemporary paintings, photographs, models and audio-visual displays) give a detailed account of the life and times of the warship and the men who served in her. Under the care of the Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast offers an immersive experience of what life would have been like for members of the 950-strong crew. As one of the most significant battleships to survive the second world war, you’ll learn all about the ships history, from Arctic convoys to D-Day, its role in the Cold War and beyond. The HMS Belfast also makes an unlikely playground for children, who tear around its cramped complex with ease. 




Venue name: HMS Belfast
Address: The Queen's Walk
Opening hours: Nov-Feb daily 10am-5pm (last adm 4.15pm); daily Mar-Oct 10am-6pm (last adm 5.15pm)
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: £16, £12.80 concs, under-16s £8 (prices include a voluntary donation)
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This boat – which is now a museum – gives an authentic view of life at sea during wartime. You’ll discover the operating theatre where seamen underwent surgeries, the kitchen, bedrooms and engine rooms, as well as a lot of artefacts and photography of the time. It’s interesting and a great playground for kids who’ll love going up and down the numerous stairs and tricky ladder – don’t worry, there’s an accessible route too.

An interesting couple of hours but one visit is enough.


Ahoy there! I went on a little tourist trip into HMS Belfast and what a little adventure that is.

Very easy to get to from London Bridge tube I dragged along my parents and older brother for a family trip in London and we popped onto the boat.

You don't need to pre-book and if you go on a wet day like we did I'm pretty sure it won't be busy.

You get a free audio guide with the ticket and it's worth having even if you only listen to key parts that interest you.

It's split on different levels so beware many steps to climb and some narrow, although my mother doesn't do stairs she managed to do two levels absolutely fine.

The HMS Belfast does a great job at bringing the boat to life, the exhibitions and descriptions of the areas are really good and easy enough for kids to appreciate as well.

Many great photo opportunities on board as well.

It's certainly worth the money to see how the ship operated and how the living conditions were. I was a fan of the pet cat!

On board you do have a cafe as well if you want to grab a bite to eat.

You can certainly spend a good amount of time on board and easily be entertained.

Enjoy but look out for pirates...(or just the pet cat)