HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast
4.5
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Step on board this iconic London landmark. Navigate your way around the rooms of this floating city, climbing up and down ladders to visit all nine decks. You’ll hear stories from the 950 people who lived and served on the ship, which had its own chapel, radio station and bakery and is so large you can almost lie Big Ben across its deck – twice! IWM members go free.
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Museum in a Warship!
    You can see this giant, iconic, warship and its museum on the River Thames. It has been around the world from the freezing waters of the Arctic Ocean to the Warm Climate of Korea. It is a gigantic ship with nine floors. It used to have a crew of nearly 1,000 people. It had its own chapel and radio station. There was even a fully functioning bakery on this ship. Its length is twice the height of the Big Ben Tower. It is a part of the Imperial War Museum and you reach this warship through Queen’s Walk in London.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Lee D
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the Visit!
    Great history and extremely well set up! It’s in a great location that is easy to get to and a short walk from the London Bridge Underground and Rail Station! The best part for me was participating in the Lectures by the Volunteers on a number of different historical topics about the Belfast and different battles.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Jason H
    London, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kip on the Ship was an incredible experience!
    We visited for the “Kip on the Ship” experience: a group of 40+ 10-11 year olds had the opportunity to sleep overnight on this impressive flagship and the service we had was faultless. We were led by Ros who was extremely accommodating, and participated in great activities as well as a tour, led by other members of staff. The food that was provided was great and all members of the group left saying what an incredible time they had having made memories which will last a lifetime. The unique views of some brilliant landmarks such as the shard, the square mile and tower bridge were an astounding added bonus. Many thanks for a truly fantastic experience - we would definitely book again for the future!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Paula P
    Inverness, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Fantastic afternoon, so informative and interesting. Ladders / stairs between floors are near vertical and not for the faint hearted! Visited on a very wet day! Audio option is for free and definitely worth taking round with you. A real insight in to life on board. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who also help make this experience so positive
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • JM
    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little piece of history
    HMS Belfast was an amazing day out. We have visited many of the Imperial War Museum sites and this was our favourite. So much of the ship is open to explore, and it was great to see the history of the ship up close. The staff and volunteers on board were also great and really knowledgeable about the ship. Some parts would be tricky for those who struggle with small spaces and steep stairs but there’s still plenty more to explore on the ship
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Caroline S
    Arlington, Virginia138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-See
    My expectations were not high for a visit to the HMS Belfast. I was thinking maybe cruise through (no pun intended) for an hour or so and move along, but I was wrong. It was so fascinating! My husband and I ended up spending over 2 hours in the ship because it was so interesting and interactive. Basically, it was like a floating village (in other words, it is huge) that also had a very serious job to do. You are able to visit each of the levels, so you need to be able to climb up and down numerous small staircases. I highly recommend visiting this floating piece of history and dedicating at least a few hours for exploration.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Gary
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super day out
    There are plenty of helpful and knowledgeable staff around to help with any questions. I’d say allow 3 hours for a visit. I wouldn't recommended for those with any kind of walking difficulties at a visit involves claiming a lot of stairs.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Iffley094
    Lancaster, United Kingdom311 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable and educational experience about a WW11 warship.
    My teenage grandchildren, their mother and I greatly enjoyed our visit. All key areas of the ship can be visited and there are helpful attendants to advise and point you in the right direction. Some very good interactive displays and informative short films. At least two hours for a visit, more if the ship is crowded. Some of the ladders could pose a challenge for the elderly. You are left with a clear understanding of how the ship was navigated and how its armaments worked. Also of the conditions in which the crew lived. There is a good cafe.An excellent educational experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Simon M
    Monmouth, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unexpected and very interesting visit
    There was so much to see, more than I was expecting. Very well worth going. It might seem expensive for admission but if you able to visit the Imperial War Museum / Churchill War Rooms, the annual membership makes sense and better value for money. The day didn't disappoint. Wish I had visited much sooner.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • J M
    Nottingham, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    My husband and I spent nearly 3 hours here. Kevin a volunteer was really friendly and showed us round he was very knowledgeable and full of information. Thanks Kevin for making our trip. Great coffee with amazing views of the city .
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
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JonathanMimnagh
Liverpool, UK42 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
My son & I felt really disappointed with our trip to HMS Belfast, we couldn't fill much more than 1 hour despite being advised it would take 1 1/2 hours to see the ship. Good interactive exhibits, the turret experience was very good, when the guns fired it made one you visitor jump and head for the exit!!

Signage to key areas was a bit lacking, I felt, and information panels in some of these areas was again limited. (I have to say there are free audio guides, which helped, but they could be quite wordy at times, trying to give information about several aspects of a compartment in one monologue.

Access to all decks was via ladders, which were steep. Several also had a metal bar behind which I found caught on my rucksack & pushed me forward into the steps. Some handrails were loose. I think some parts of the ship are undergoing refurbishment, so potentially some of these issues may be addressed.

My son & I are premium IWM members, so had free access, if I had paid, I think I would be much more disappointed.
Written February 22, 2020
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teeCoventry
coventry355 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
So all the times I've visited London, HMS Belfast never got looked at. Guess it was my 15yr nephew that helped me go on the ship this time.
We was booked for 10am (opening time) with the weather, not being great, overcast posiible rain in the air. This part outdoor attraction might be over within the hour
Once thru the ticket shop/gift shop, armed with a mobile phone talking device to interact with displays around the ship.
Special areas like the sick bay, kitchen that you walk around. Perspex screens looking into the radio station, various work areas.
But the biggest error on board not enough signs, or ways of direction. Somehow we missed the top few floors, captains chair etc.
After 90 mins, temperature in the ship was getting bit too much, very steep steps. The hand held audio guide is great but gets in thd way if trying to read a map, or the guide book you can buy before. Or trying to take photos. Never mind keeping a sharp on on your party, as lots of areas that anyone could dispear into. Or bang your head if not paying attention

A limited amount of time, and will want to return again.
But it gives you an idea the conditions the crew would have been working/living in.
And this ship was moored with no heavy seas or under battle
Written July 24, 2021
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John Gavin W
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I am an enthusiastic supporter of this ship and its tradition. Clearly a piece of "London Pride". My visit was welcomed by staff and volunteers, many of whom I believe to have connections with the ship and its past.
I would be pleased to offer an "Excellent" mark of approval - but for one serious criticism.
I attended the ship's cafe (it was a hot day for all who attended on board) and asked for a drink. I was told by the cafe staff member they were instructed not to accept cash payment - only card.
A relief of the Queen's head adorns our nation's coinage, and I found the refusal to accept our currency unwelcoming and less than acceptable. There are many who attend the ship who are not accustomed to, nor comfortable in using plastic bank cards or suchlike - children and the elderly. To be refused acceptance of currency clearly risks their humiliation on what otherwise should be a welcoming experience on this proud ship.
Written August 24, 2022
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holidaysrgr8
Altrincham30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Very interesting to learn about the history / journey that HMS Belfast has had .... Audio tour / map available - included in the price. Did get lost a couple of times, this is part of the adventure. If you book on-line in advance (24 hours) you get a few pound discount.
Written January 19, 2020
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Baartos
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Fantastic experience! HMS "Belfast" offers a possibility to understand how a World War II ship operated. From machinery below the waterline through gun turrets to captain's bridge high above the ship's deck, every part of this cruiser is simply fascinating. What's important, you also get a lot of information about daily life of sailors aboard "Belfast". Overall, I've enjoyed every single minute on HMS "Belfast".

P.S. A piece of advice: the stairs and ladders are very steep and narrow, so you must be careful.
Written January 30, 2020
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THoF07bYyO
Rumson, NJ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My daughter and I bought tickets to see the HMS Belfast - you but tickets for the day you wish, and you can enter at any time (in other words, you don't have to select a time slot). It's recommended to start at the top and walk down, following well-marked passageways and excellent signage explaining what you're seeing. The engine room and boiler room were of particular interest - climbing ladders and walking catwalks. The forward turret, the bridge and the admiral's bridge were also of interest. Highly recommended. And the views of Tower Bridge are the best.

WARNING: The ship closes at 5:00 pm in the winter months, not 6:00 pm as indicated. We arrived at 4:00 pm, allowing 2 hours to tour. As a result, we had to hustle to see everything in 1 hour.
Written February 19, 2020
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Erik_and_Cheryl
Philadelphia, PA238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is Erik of the Erik_And_Cheryl user ID . I visited here on Jan 27,2020. This attraction is included with the London Pass. Your admission includes and audio guide. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. There is so much to see here. The ship is well preserved and a really fair amount of it is available to explore. Touring the ship gives you a pretty good sense of what it must have been like to work, live and fight aboard this ship. A word of caution, there are many metal stairs to navigate and mind your head especially in the boiler and engine rooms. A truly outstanding vessel and experience. I give it high recommendation.
Written February 12, 2020
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Julie W
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It was a trip my 12 year had been wanting to do for ages. I really wasn't expecting to enjoy it but was pleasantly surprised. The cafe was not good, limited choice and food was incredibly bland and overpriced. Overall it was a really nice day out.
Written September 25, 2022
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
HMS Belfast, moored in the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, is a fascinating ship to visit. It is a surviving WWII-era cruiser in service from 1939 until 1963 and it saw much action. It is a large Town-Class cruiser, much of the backbone of the Royal Navy cruiser force in WWII,and the only surviving ship of the class. Most of the ship is open to explore, including the bridge, main gun turrets, engine room, and everything in between. However, when we were just on the ship in July 2022, one could not sit in the 40mm AA mountings, but when I first visited the ship in 1985, we could. There is much information on display, knowledgeable guides, and an audio guide available. One could probably get a decent visit in about 1 - 1/12 hours, but at least 2 is ideal and one could easily spend 3 or more for a really thorough exploration. There is a gift shop and a cafe on board as well.
Written March 6, 2023
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Dave Smith
London, UK228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Pre-booked tickets so entry was easy, picked up the free audio guide and went onboard. There is so much to see, and staff are on hand to point you in the right direction and give information about what you are looking at. Inside it’s cramped as you would expect from a WW2 warship, and gets congested even with the entry time system in place. The layout can be confusing but the audio guide helps you get where you need to be. There is a lot of ladders, steps, trip hazards etc, so you get a full workout whilst navigating through the various levels. Left with a huge amount of respect for the brave souls that worked aboard this ship when it was in active service. Really interesting place to go.
Written April 28, 2024
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