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HMS Belfast

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Address: Tooley Street, London SE1 2JH, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7940 6300
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Description: Launched in 1938, this cruiser served in World War II, playing a major...
Launched in 1938, this cruiser served in World War II, playing a major role in the sinking of the German battle ship "Scharnhorst" in the Normandy landings.
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I have flown over the Belfast on many occassions when I visited London, but this was my first visit. You have great access to all parts of the ship, the free audio guide is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

We visited with 2 adults and kids ranging from 6-14. Luckily, we had a train 2 for 1 offer which got us in for £16 for 2, otherwise I would have felt very cheated! They could make so much more of the place - something interactive for kids or people on hand in costume or something . They have a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I really couldn't appreciate the art installation on this visit. I found it very distracting from the museum itself and, in some cases, disturbing. I would not bring small children here until the exhibit changes!

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Saint-Prex, Vaud, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I have flown over the Belfast on many occassions when I visited London, but this was my first visit. You have great access to all parts of the ship, the free audio guide is excellent and the "Turret Experience" is well worth it. Go early to avoid the rush.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Visited HMS Belfast yesterday and learned a lot about the role that the ship played in the Second World War and later on in the far east. Also plenty of information about life on board a warship. However, there was an art exhibition in place which had involved dressing up the wax figures of sailors in a most bizarre fashion.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Have been here before some years ago, came this time with grandsons aged 9 and 10. Feel it needs a bit updating for tourists. Signage tended to be a bit confusing. There was an art installation at the same time. Young children wondered why sailors from old times wore beads and sequins!! Too many people wandering around with contraptions stuck... More 

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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

It was well worth visiting the Belfast to see how the men lived during the war. The mannequins were all dressed up for Carnival. The picture I uploaded explains why. This is not wheelchair accessible or for anyone that has difficulty climbing ladders. Anyone who is claustrophobic should not go.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

If you're not "into" warships/WWII, it does not seem any different from other WWII warships if you've been on any of those (at least to me). If you're able to differentiate them, then you'll enjoy it even more. But it did have more and better exhibits within than some of the ships of that era I've visited in the US.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

There are many positives and this is a must see exhibition but whoever allowed the monstrous Hew Locke exhibition to be foisted on the innocents visiting should be made to walk the plank- at least I hope it has sunk his or her career as everyone I came in to contact with was of the same opinion, staff included. Thank... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I tend to agree with the other reviewers about the “art” and its appropriateness in this setting. My husband said it seemed disrespectful to those who served on board. That said, however, our first visit here was educational and interesting (though rather tiring for elderly legs going up and down the companionways). There’s certainly plenty to see and one can... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

A fascinating ship with lots to see. There is some interactive things aboard the ship. A little cafe where you can get snacks and drinks, reasonably priced. Great views of tower bridge and the Tower of London. There is a lot of stairs to climb and some tight spaces in the boiler house. You don't need to go down here... More 

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