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|
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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Whether you are a history buff or someone who doesn't know the difference between a Union Jack and a Union Flag, the HMS Belfast has something for you. The naval ship offers many different ways to explore the ship, including audio guides, private tours or exploring yourself.
The private tour guide had a wealth of knowledge and shared stories about the war and life on the ship. Having a tour guide can really help bring the ship's history alive.
It is easy to get lost in the labyrinth beneath the deck, each room offering insight into life on the sea. Every nook and cranny on the ship has a different story, and I can't wait to hear another story on my next visit!
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