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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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  • Well done to the staff and charity who are keeping this fantastic piece of our history in tiptop condition. I last went on board the Belfast in 1975, the crew have done wonders to bring this ship back up to its present standard. Great tour around the ship. Engine room and boiler rooms very interesting with lots of sounds and videos to reproduce what it was like on board in all its great timeline the ship has been through. Highly recommend a visit, you need at least a half a day to get around it. The café had closed for the rest of the day when I went on board so I cannot comment on this.
  • Really enjoyed looking around a war ship! Lots to see and an interesting audio tour. We spent about 3 hours there. If your travelling by train it's definitely worth picking up the 2 for 1 attraction leaflets from the station which meant my wife and I got in for £8 each. Well worth it for that price.
  • Really cool experience. You get to explore all 9 decks of the ship, and it includes an audio guide will all sorts of information. I loved climbing up and down the ladders as they would have, and exploring life on the ship. I got the joint ticket with the Churchill war rooms to save some money. Some people were complaining about the price but I found it to be worth it. There is a "voluntary donation" included in the fee unless you say you do not want to make the donation. I went on an overcast day in March and there were no problems with crowding.
  • A different experience compared to other museums. Small hallways, narrow stairs, asbestos and the smell of machinery and metal ads to a realistic experience of what it's like to live on the ship. Loved the mannequins and the weapon simulator.
  • Guided tour of the ship. Very interesting, well worth doing as you learn so much more. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. A must do if you can.

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