Learn about the military history of the HMS Belfast as you explore the unique battleship and discover her roles and experience.

Discover what life was like living at sea during wartime as you board the HMS Belfast, originally a light cruiser built for the Royal Navy, and now a museum ship moored on the River Thames.  Explore nine decks of naval history and learn about the sailors’ experiences of battle from D-Day and convoys in cold Arctic seas to patrols during the Korean War. Since its launch in 1938, HMS Belfast has served in key naval battles as well as kept peace-keeping duties across the globe.

Hear the stories of the crew, discover amazing historical artefacts,  take a seat in the Captain's chair, enjoy 360-degree views of the Thames, weave your way through the engine rooms and help recover a downed plane in an interactive game based on a real-life exercise!

Highlights

  • Restored historical WWII battleship
  • Explore 9  decks of the ship discover what life was like at sea and during wartime
  • Take the helm at the Captain's Chair
  • Discover real-life stories of the people who served on the ship 
  • Informative exhibits throughout the ship from Life at Sea featuring first-hand accounts from veterans of the ship to War and Peace outlining major engagements of HMS Belfast
  • Interactive experiences and simulations, from the Gun Turret Experience, a simulation of the Battle of North Cape to the Operations Room!

Did You Know

  • HMS Belfast is one of only three surviving bombardment ships that supported the Nomandy landings on D-Day
  • The ship spent 33 days in Normandy and fired over 5,000 shells in support of the landings. This was the last time she fired her guns
  • HMS Belfast's guns are currently aimed at the London Gateway, which is the last service station on the M1 motorway before you arrive into London
  • HMS Belfast was once equipped to launch aircraft via catapult. These amphibious planes were used to attack submarines and after completing the missions would land alongside the ship in the water and recovered by cranes

Using Your London Explorer Pass

Present your pass at the main entrance.

How to Get There

London Underground
London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines)
Tower Hill (Circle and District lines)

London Bridge Station (National Rail Network)

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for HMS Belfast, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

27 February - 29 October 2017
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.00
30 October -25 February 2018
Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Last Admission: 16.00

Closed:

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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Address:

The Queen's Walk London SE1 2JH

Telephone:

020 7940 6300