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HMS Belfast, London

Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Ship
Permanently moored on the River Thames, HMS Belfast is a museum ship open to the public. Access to the ship is via the footpath on the south bank of the river. A walkway connects the footpath to the ship's quarterdeck. Onboard, you'll visit nine decks all restored by the Imperial War Museum and thematically divided into three sections: a taste of seamen's daily lives; the boiler room, engine room, and communication and mechanical functions of the ship; and the admiral's bridge, operations room, and gun direction platform. In between these quartered-off sections, look for exhibits commemorating the ship's war service and personal stories of those who served aboard. Put HMS Belfast and other London attractions into our London travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I booked tickets online for my son. Thereby making a small saving. I went free as his carer. When we arrived my son who has a autistic spectrum condition asked a few questions about loud noises on...  more »
  • This was such an interesting exhibit and one to do if you want to feel immersed in the history of the ship. To actually be on board the ship that went through all those experiences, and not just...  more »
  • This is one fine looking Navy Ship, situated in such an ideal part of London. It is a complete experience and one not to be missed. A great way to learn what life was like on-board in the war years....  more »
  • What a great Ship to discover! I really loved it. You get offered a lot for the pretty cheap price. Everything is very well displayed, you can not only discover it by eyes and listening the stories of the audio guide but you can also touch almost everything and climb small ladders to discover also the last corner of the ship. Amazing! It also offered a great view over London.
  • Simply incredible. The level of engineering that went into building it, especially considering this was nearly 80 years ago, is stunning. We spent 3 hours exploring all the corners of the ship. To be honest,I was a bit skeptical when a member of staff told us they've got excellent toilets. He was right- they've got modern,clean and well maintained toilets on board.
  • Excellent! Well worth the visit, very interesting and lots to learn. A remarkable effort has been put into the displays and effects from sounds through to smells. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and very willing to chat. Be prepared for lots of narrow spaces and ladders/stairs and you will do fine
  • We loved this place. Its a bit pricey but for a WW2 enthusiast its a must see. You get to walk the halls where decisions were made affecting millions of lives. That is amazing to me. Its also very small. I was expecting something like an underground parliament but its nothing like that. this was my favorite stop in London and we spent 4 hours there. The HMS Belfast is also an awesome visit and its a 10 minute walk.
  • I visited HMS Belfast on Saturday. Once we got to the ticket office, the place looked quite nice however, in my opinion the ticket prices were a bit pricey. Once we walked over to the ship from the bridge, there were ticket checks. After we got through, you can pretty much go wherever you like within the ship. Most rooms are open for you to explore. There are also a lot of screens with narration to explain the history of the ship which was very good. I decided I wanted to go down and have a look at the engine and boiler room. The ladders were very steep and not very safe and it requires you to be slow and steady when going down. Once we got down, I immediately noticed all of the asbestos warning signs. While I was going through the rooms I got lost in the engine room.. Plus, there was a lack of signs indicating to an exit. After about 10 minutes of trying to get out, I eventually found an exit. Overall, I think it's quite a good place to visit but I'd recommend you be cautious when climbing up a ladder and also be careful when in the engine room and stay close together.

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