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HMS Belfast, London

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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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  • ... of a remarkable fact of the 20th century, the Normandy landings. This anchored in London and visit and obligatory to make the cruise on the Thames. Impressive pass at his side.
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  • We enjoyed a family visit to HMS Belfast this week. My 6 year old son said it was the highlight of our three day trip to London...and we did some great stuff! I booked tickets online beforehand which ...  more »
  • Visited the HMS belfast today. Throughly enjoyable for the whole family, children aged 9 and 11 found it very interested and were kept involved with the free audio guides. These guides were informativ...  more »
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  • This is quite possibly one of the best attractions in London, regardless of the weather. It is perfect for the entire family to explore, but you will need a good two-to-three hours to see it all. There are some narrow spaces, steep steps and low ceilings, which may cause some issues for some people, but we'll worth the visit. Children, especially, will love exploring the lower decks, sitting in the Captain's chair or seeing the big guns up close.
  • Interesting place if you like history and navy. Very good audio guide. Lots of walking and climbing up and down ladders if you want to see the whole tour - but you can stay on the main deck and just listen to the guide.
  • Such an excellent museum!! Weather your naval history lover of just want to see a cool old warship you will love it. There is plenty for everyone to enjoy! The audio guide is excellent and takes you through even part of the ship with fascinating facts and tons of accounts from actually sailors of the Belfast. Don't​ miss it! It also provides excellent views of the City! Tower bridge and the tower of London especially!
  • Iconic ship having taken part in D-Day landings. Explore every part. Check 2 for 1 deals online when you travel there by train.
  • Such a cool warship! Worth a visit. The museum is informative and makes for a great outing. The history of the vessel is quite interesting. Built in Belfast in the 30s and rescued from scrapping in the late 60s - it's witnessed a heck of a lot of action in its service. A national treasure.

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