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HMS Caroline, Belfast

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HMS Caroline is a decommissioned C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw combat service in the First World War and served as an administrative centre in the Second World War. Caroline was launched and commissioned in 1914. At the time of her decommissioning in 2011 she was the second-oldest ship in Royal Navy service, after HMS Victory. She served as a static headquarters and training ship for the Royal Naval Reserve, based in Alexandra Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the later stages of her career. She was converted into a museum ship. From October 2016 she underwent inspection and repairs to her hull at Harland and Wolff and opened to the public on 1st July 2017 at Alexandra Dock in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.Caroline was the last remaining British First World War light cruiser in service, and she is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland still afloat. She is also one of only three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War, along with the 1915 Monitor (in Portsmouth dockyard), and the Flower-class sloop HMS President (1918), (formerly HMS Saxifrage) usually moored on the Thames at Blackfriars but as from February 2016, in Number 3 Basin, Chatham.
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  • Exploring the warship from World War I is from 1 hour to two hours of information about the history of the ship and how the crew lived and worked. Tour a little less visible but you can embrace.
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  • This is an excellent visitor attraction. From the initial video drama which drew you right into the action of the battle of Jutland to walking around the officers quarters you really got what it was l...  more »
  • Very well researched and presented exhibitions, the Battle Of Jutland was done particularly well. My favourite part was the engine room, where you are greeted by some loud authentic sound effects . Th...  more »
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  • We absolutely love this place. We were there with the family just before it closed for refurbishments. I'd love to go back soon to see it all again. While the Titanic experience is really good, HMS Caroline is even better IMHO. Sole surviving WW1 ship from the largest sea battle (possibly) ever. Staff (family) friendly and engaging. A must see! Update: September 2018 - we've been back and it is even better now with information about the ship etc. now located at the iconic pump house. While prices have gone up, adding gift aid will now increase the validity of your entry ticket for another year, so you can go back and see it again at your leisure, something that we will definitely plan to do!
  • Excellent day out. Staff were really friendly and audio guide was very good. Possibly a bit expensive for a family with an older teenager. One of our party hit their head going up stairs to the upper deck, which should be looked at as there were no signs and he had a peaked cap on due to the rain and didn't notice the low head height. Otherwise an excellent and informative day out.
  • Very informative and a lot to explore inside the ship, my favourite part is the Engine Room where they put the sound effect of a working engine to make it more realistic as if it is in operation. Its very near to the Titanic Museum so you can go there next after exploring this museum. Recommended for people who loves to know more about battle ships in WW1.
  • Excellent customer service and experience. The ship itself has been very well restored. Very good value for money. You will learn a lot about life in the Navy during the first world war. Some thing for all the family and a good day out if the weather is not good.
  • I was dragged kicking and screaming to this day out for my birthday! But ,my was I pleased that I went! What an educational and interesting morning we spent there! Make sure you use the headphones supplied! Don't miss the Real Coffee!
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