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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. Take a look at our London vacation generator to schedule your visit to HMS Belfast and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This ship is a unique beauty from the naval history. It served during the World War and hunted after the famous German ship and managed to destroy it. After the World War Belfast travelled all around ...  more »
  • I'm not into military history or memorabilia so the guns/missiles were lost on me, but the ship itself is a fascinating rabbit warren of ladders and nooks and crannies. This in itself makes it fun to ...  more »
  • is Wednesday, April 4, 2017. C was the first time that we went up on a warship, and we was delighted, even our son. the ship is very large on 6 floors. at least 3 propulsion machinery, you pass through tiny stairs, and in small passages. the least 2 rooms arms, shells on their pedestals, always in small spaces, after it y of the radio rooms, room operations, rooms etc etc on the top the huge guns, turrets, room d, lance torpedoes etc etc more it y of the mannequins to make it more realistic. We learn about their fighting their life on board, all this with the audio guides (imperative) anyway it takes a bit of time, but really to do. Free with the london pass
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  • This is a great museum ship. You can explore practically the whole ship. Definitely get a map of the ways you will miss parts of the ship. One note of caution there are many narrow stair /ladders to climb. The ship was part of World War II and it had a long service pre-World War 2 and post World War 2. If you like Museum ships this is a good one to visit.
  • A very interesting journey through the history of the ship. They've tried to recreate the everyday life of the crew and it works well. The visit is quite long as it took us around 3h to see everything properly.
  • A fantastic exhibit to visit which gives a real opportunity to experience some recent history. The ship is well laid out for visitors and there is plenty to see and explore (it took me about 2 hours to get around, I think I saw everything). Access is tight in some areas, especially going down to the engine room and using the ladders to move between decks. However, this adds to the experience and gives you a flavour of what it would have been like for the sailors on board (although without the high ocean waves, artic conditions and threat of being attacked and sunk). Well worth a visit.
  • We spent 4.5 hours here with a 7 and 10 year old. Free audio description brings it all to life. Nice on board tea shop and cakes. Sandwiches etc but cakes nice.
  • Love this place. Amazing and a much better visit than the war museum itself. Its in need of a refurbishment. But the crew are doing a great job. Little sad that they do not offer a printed map.