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 1 July 2017 at Alexandra Dock in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.See HMS Caroline and all Belfast has to offer by arranging your trip with our Belfast road trip site.
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 HMS M33 (in Portsmouth dockyard), and the Flower-class sloop HMS President, (formerly HMS Saxifrage) usually moored on the Thames at Blackfriars but as from February 2016, in Number 3 Basin, Chatham.
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HMS Caroline reviews
There is easy access to walk around the ship on dry land as there is no restriction on the site. A bit of a walk from the Titanic Centre but worth it for those that are interested.
There is easy access to walk around the ship on dry land as there is no restriction on the site. A bit of a walk from the Titanic Centre but worth it for those that are interested. more »
Well worth a visit. I had been to HMS Caroline many years ago and visited again after the restoration - a first class job.
Well worth a visit. I had been to HMS Caroline many years ago and visited again after the restoration - a first class job. more »
Worth the walk along the docks to see this amazing ship! Go in the late afternoon to get some really good photo's!
Worth the walk along the docks to see this amazing ship! Go in the late afternoon to get some really good photo's! more »
This review is for Billy from the maintenance / renovation team, who was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you Billy! Ps great to see the Ukrainian flag flying from the ship too.
Great way to spend a few hours . See what life would have been like on a ww1 ship. PLUS annoy the staff by trying out some sailor talk like ‘ avast ye me hearties and hoist the spinnaker ect. Honestly though it’s a good day out. My late fathers eldest brother served on her sister ship the CURACOA during ww2 so was nice to get some perspective of life at sea.
We enjoyed this much more than we expected. I knew nothing about it before our visit and left with a wealth of knowledge! Even inspired the kids to research the battle of Jutland! We had a guide with a passion for his subject! He was very attentive and really brought it all to life! Very interesting ship! Can't believe it was over 100 years old!
Great experience, fascinating to be on board this vessel especially when you think what it survived during the Battle of Jutland, the film that shows when you first board is well worth watching but the ship itself is very atmospheric, almost spooky in a way. Tip: make sure you get there in time to see everything on board, especially the engine room and upper deck, you won't regret it. PS: when the staff warn you to watch out for low beams, they aren't kidding...
Took the kids today. There were only seven other visitors during our afternoon trip. Don't know why it was very good. Kids enjoyed it and so did I. The Web site wouldn't let you purchase tickets due to an error but there was no queue anyway. Odd to think there were 28 of these light cruisers at the Battle of Jutland.
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