HMS Caroline
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Much of HMS Caroline has undergone extensive restoration to her 1916 appearance from the Battle of Jutland. Visitors can discover a wide range of historic spaces, including the Captain's Cabin, Royal Marines Mess, and Seamen's Wash as well as the very important engine room, sick-bay and galley kitchen. During their visit, visitors will discover the importance of the Battle of Jutland, learning what life at sea was like the over three hundred crew who served on board HMS Caroline during 1916. Visit the Torpedo School and explore the role of naval weaponry; peruse the Virtual Access Suite a contemporary, comfortable space where all visitors can explore the ship; Grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink in the Mess Deck Cafe, and finally visit the Gift Shop, to bring home a reminder of your visit to HMS Caroline.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ricky
    Belfast, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited with my son who has an interest in history and found the Caroline to be inspiring and thought provoking.
    Easy booking of tickets and guide book online. The staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The pre ship information display was very informative and easily followed. The audio story was superb, both interesting from the naval point of view and very personal in relation to the crew. An excellent experience and well worth the fee. The ticket is a yearly access one so I’ll definitely be back for another 2 hour, 15 mins of immersion in the Battle of Jutland. Don’t miss the Engine room for a truly sensory experience of sound, smell and vibration.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Jeremy D
    Bingley, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic: a unique ship and presented very well.
    I have visited many historic ships in several countries, and I thought HMS Caroline was absolutely fantastic! It definitely exceeded my expectations. I spent at least two hours visiting the ship. The initial Jutland experience audio-visual presentation was amazing: with the sounds and visuals, it really made me feel something of what the battle must have been like. Then touring the ship with the aid of an audio guide was really interesting, learning about the men who crewed their ship. I previously thought that with only twenty-odd years between HMS Caroline and HMS Belfast, and both being light cruisers, then the technology would have been pretty similar. But Caroline definitely looked at least a generation more primitive in technology, for instance the steam turbines looked like victorian engineering, in contrast with HMS Belfast's, which definitely look 20th century. So if you've visited HMS Belfast in London, then you really need to travel to Belfast to see HMS Caroline. Caroline is the "missing link" between HMS Warrior and HMS Belfast. The standard of presentation was very high throughout. There is a cafe in one of the mess decks, so you can have refreshment on the way round. The only thing that disappointed me was that it would have been better if more people were visiting. There weren't many visitors, in contrast with the (also fantastic) Titanic experience nearby. People really need to visit the ship to learn about the naval side of the First World War. So if you're interested in naval history or historic ships, then I would say that HMS Caroline is not to be missed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • John and Kathy W
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massively impressed
    Remember seeing the tired old hulk over the years - visited yesterday and what a transformation !!! A warm welcome at reception, followed by a meaningful introduction before going on board. The audio tour was precise and to the point, the restoration work is sympathetic, but evidence of the ships chequered past is everywhere evident. Whilst this exhibit sits in the shadow of Titanic, it’s a real not to be missed experience !!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Anne G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A total gem
    We happened upon HMS Caroline by lucky accident when on a trip to the Titanic Quarter - it is at the top end of an excellent walking trail which takes you from the city centre through the old shipbuilding area. HMS Caroline itself is a light cruiser and the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland. We bought our tickets from the lovely Chris in the beautiful brick building opposite the ship where the tour starts. Excellent interpretation throughout, interactive displays and a film about the Battle of Jutland in the old drill hall. The ship captured my 14yo’s imagination in a way that the Titanic Experience which followed failed to do (it was described as a shopping centre…). Would thoroughly recommend a visit, the Royal Navy Museums are the best - and your ticket gives you entry for an entire year.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • AoifeMT
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Ship/tour
    I went here with my 11 year old son and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an excellent self guided tour where you are given a hand held device that you point to information spots and it then tells you about that area of the ship. The ship has been brilliantly restored and the tour is very informative. There is also a little coffee shop with the ship. In a strange way I felt quite honoured to be sitting there having something to eat, where the crew would have eaten over 100 years ago. I would most certainly recommend the tour. I don't think it is as well advertised as say the Titanic museum or the W5 but is most definitely worth a visit and is literally a 10 minute walk from the Titanic museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • colin r
    Belfast, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A true gem for Belfast hidden in shadow of Titanic
    We didn't know what to expect as I didn't really know much about the ship, but we were both blown away by the tour as a whole. Loads to see and do and great to listen to the stories that are part of the audio tour. Special mention to all the staff we met as all were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We thought we would be in and out in 30 mins, ended up spending nearly 2 hours!! Worth the dander up from Titanic for a look.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • theis
    Belfast, United Kingdom896 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem in Belfast shipyards
    First encountered HMS Caroline while walking during first COVID lockdown. Planned to visit once it had reopened. Booked tickets online, which was easy and arrived at office to check-in. The tour includes a self directed audio tour. I’ve had mixed experiences with these sort of things in the past so wasn’t sure what to expect. The device only works on the ship as the helpful person on the arrival desk explained. You move the device towards one of the indicators on the ship and the commentary begins after an audible beep. The information was interesting, not too long, and a mix of technical facts and personal experiences. The initial presentation on the Battle of Jutland was impressive and immersive, being projected across the whole wall of the room. Lots of information was also displayed on signs throughout the ship, with an excellent and engaging amount of interactive displays. It was interesting to see the story of the ship from planning and construction to service, decommissioning, the chance request that saved her from the breaker’s yard, and eventual restoration to her current role as a Royal Navy Museum vessel. Alongside this was information about her crew from the Great War. The whole exhibition gave one a glimpse into the experience of living onboard such a ship during wartime. There is an excellent café onboard serving sandwiches, snacks, tray-bakes, scones, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The gift shop at the end of the tour also had a lot of interesting items. You could easily spend a whole day onboard working your way through all of the items. Allow at least 3 hours for your visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Hornblower17
    Manchester, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit.
    Had a chat with the lad on the desk about our shared love of naval history and then it was off through a small exhibit and then onto the ship. I was pleasantly surprised how much of the ship you can explore including captains cabin and day room, wardroom and officers quarters aswell as the Engine rooms, wheelhouse and decks. I thought the short film about the battle of Jutland was well made and serves as a good introduction to the battle and the ship. You’re provided with a handheld speaker set which through it you can learn more about different parts of the ship. Also on board is a cafe and gift shop. Overall I really enjoyed my visit and was glad to found out about it, (I enjoyed this more than the titanic museum)the ticket is valid for a year which I think it a great idea.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • IDRATING
    Belfast, United Kingdom157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if in Belfast
    Great unescorted tour with excellent audio. V interesting, from Battle of Jutland in 1916 (Caroline being the only ship surviving today) to role in Battle of Atlantic in 2nd World War. Plenty of personal info about crew during those periods, as well as nicely presented info on communications, torpedo technology and many other naval topics. Good for all ages. Staff extremely friendly and helpful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Lesley W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HMS Caroline is a must see.
    This is a must see. We have been before but there’s a lot to take in and the tickets are valid for a year. Caroline is a unique ship and the last survivor of the battle of Jutland. This gem is tucked away on Alexandra Dock and the Pump House is packed with a wealth of information before you board. As a floating museum you can absorb life and times of a WWI sailor. The cafe is great - warm scones and great coffee to keep us going and there’s a shop at the end of the tour. The staff are so friendly and helpful and there’s a lift on board for anyone who needs it. The excellent audio guides are easy to use and they provide lots of fascinating information points all around the ship. Treat yourself and your family to a visit on HMS Caroline. It’s a truly unique experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
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rtdood
Manchester, UK790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
An excellent visit and well worth the money! Arrived for the morning for the guided tour on a Sunday morning. Chap on the desk was lovely and welcoming and said I could start on the guided tour after I had seen the introductory video in the next room, which was about the Battle of Jutland featuring the ship. Excellent graphics with brilliant sound and video quality, really was immersive. Following this I was led round the rest of the ship by a knowledgeable chap called Chris (I think that was his name!).

We visited the officers and crew quarters, deck of the stern, communications room, and even the engine room, which included surround sound of what it was like to be down in such a room - very loud! Chris encouraged questions and explained life on board the ship and how different areas changed over time. There was also a café and a small shop which he kindly offered to open up for me before his next tour. Really enjoyable experience all round. Interactives were present in one of the rooms also!

As it was winter we weren't able to visit the bridge due to safety reasons which I totally understand. It's clear a lot of effort has been put into making parts of the ship as accessible as possible which is wonderful, usually this isn't the case on many museum ships or obvious reasons but somehow they made it work for most areas! Be aware though there are some areas which are quite tight to walk through due to overhead beams, bulkhead doors etc but hopefully you will expect that anyway when visiting.

Would love to visit again for such a unique experience.

In terms of locality, this is at the very end of the Maritime mile, about a 10 minute walk north from the Titanic museum. There are some small signs directing you over to its location, although there could be a few more further south at the beginning of the mile and round the Titanic quarter. If in doubt, there is a really good cheap bus (G2) service which takes you right near its location from the city centre - a 15 minute journey.
Written January 20, 2024
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit! Reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we continue to provide high-quality care. Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day! ^SF
Written January 22, 2024
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Ricky
Belfast, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Easy booking of tickets and guide book online. The staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The pre ship information display was very informative and easily followed. The audio story was superb, both interesting from the naval point of view and very personal in relation to the crew.
An excellent experience and well worth the fee. The ticket is a yearly access one so I’ll definitely be back for another 2 hour, 15 mins of immersion in the Battle of Jutland. Don’t miss the Engine room for a truly sensory experience of sound, smell and vibration.
Written July 1, 2023
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EPHtravels
Aylesbury, UK1,106 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Well worth our walk to go see HMS Caroline. Really interesting to walk the decks and learn about the ships history. Things to do for little ones, or big kids (adults) like morse code and messaging activities. We also had a nice cuppa in the cafe onboard to warm up as it was pretty chilly walking round the day we went. Make sure you’re wrapped up warm. The audio guide was easy to use and good to have as we made our way round.
Written January 20, 2020
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aontrama68#
Bath, UK8 contributions
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Jul 2021
On a short visit to the city we took a walk around the Titanic area and came upon this ship almost by accident. It was a very impressive site and we were able to learn something of its history. Unfortunately, due to restrictions, we were unable to board. Maybe next time ?
Written August 25, 2021
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK11,443 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Solo
Visited on Thursday 07th September 2023 having arrived from our overnight cruise I got a free shuttle bus into Belfast City Centre and then walked through the Maritime Mile to the second oldest commissioned ship in the Royal Navy and sole survivor from the Battle of Jutland, British Light Cruiser HMS Caroline. The entry cost of £11 was great value, and the welcome by the reception desk was very appreciated. I purchased the guidebook too which was also very reasonable. The self-guided tour included audio descriptions triggered from fixed points both on the ship and in the room which detail the ship's history. Once on the ship there is an initial stunning film which depicts some of the scenes from the Battle of Jutland and the timeline from the engagement. Each section includes fascinating insights into the lives of those who served and an engine section AV presentation that is quite intimidating but brilliantly shows how uncomfortable it must of been to work in such conditions. There is a cafe on board which I didn't make use of but looked decent enough. I can't recommend a visit more.
Written January 19, 2024
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We strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience with us. We sincerely thank you for the positive review, and look forward to seeing you again soon! ^SF
Written January 22, 2024
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mijola
Pre-Saint-Didier, Italy40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Absolutely disgusted, have an annual ticket and used to visit regularly many to get a coffee in the cafe. We drove to do this on a wet Sunday only to be turned around in the rain and told they were only doing guided tours and cafe was open after the tour. We saw no advertising of this online and wasted fuel and time going to be turned around. What a pathetic and stupid idea to stop people from coming on board to spend money with a ticket they bought originally thinking they could use it for a year. Complaint going in. Also if you have mobility issues there is a fare walk from the car park as they haven’t bothered to put an entrance where the car park is!! You have to go across a bridge with wood on it that is very dangerous for stick users as the stick slips!! Tore ticket up and will NEVER go back
Written November 12, 2023
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Thank you for your review, though we are sorry to see your low star rating. We aim to provide a safe and accessible visit for all, though we are sorry to hear of these concerns. If you are willing, please contact us on reviews@nmrn.org.uk so we can work towards a resolution. We hope to hear from you soon. ^SF
Written November 14, 2023
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rsb66
Leicester, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Definitely worth the modest admission charges to look round the only surviving warship from the battle of Jutland in 1916.

The ship is located at the bottom end of the historic dockyard walk and has only recently reopened after the pandemic. It also looked like the museum had performed some restoration on it whilst closed as the ship was very well presented.

It was easy to get around the vessel and to follow the 'push to hear' audio buttons. There are also lifts installed for those who may struggle with the steepness of some the ships steps.

There are some excellent interactive displays, for young and old - I quite liked the 'try your hand at breaking the code' one. Disaster!

There is a nice cafeteria also on board serving good food. I enjoyed sitting in the old mess hall on the lower deck. Unusual location for a welcome coffee and cake. The staff were very friendly and helpful as well.

Not overpriced at all and definitely worth a look round.
Written October 22, 2023
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Thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! We strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience with us. Thanks again, and have a great day! ^SF
Written November 14, 2023
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colin r
Belfast, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We didn't know what to expect as I didn't really know much about the ship, but we were both blown away by the tour as a whole. Loads to see and do and great to listen to the stories that are part of the audio tour. Special mention to all the staff we met as all were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We thought we would be in and out in 30 mins, ended up spending nearly 2 hours!! Worth the dander up from Titanic for a look.
Written August 6, 2023
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Colleen K
Upper Ballinderry, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Really enjoyed our visit to this WW1 warship which is the last remaining warship from the Battle of Jutland. Good parking available, tickets can be bought online in advance or at the ticket desk when you arrive. On arrival, check in at the ticket desk in the adjacent building and get free audioguides. On board the ship you point your audioguide at lots of different points clearly marked and it tells you about that part of the ship. Lots to do and see on board at the different levels with rooms set out to show how life would have been for the sailors. Lots of video and interactive exhibits and activities for younger children as well as plenty to interest teenagers. At the start there is a 10 minute video portraying the Battle of Jutland projected in a room on a large wall inside the ship. This is quite loud and might be too much for little kids but you could skip through this bit if needed. Nice little coffee shop in the mess area of the ship ...they do excellent coffee, soft drinks and snacks and light wraps and sandwiches all priced reasonably.
Wear sensible shoes/trainers because there are steps, stairs which are steep and uneven surfaces to negotiate.
A great way to spend a sunny morning.
Written April 7, 2023
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theis
Belfast, UK896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
First encountered HMS Caroline while walking during first COVID lockdown. Planned to visit once it had reopened.

Booked tickets online, which was easy and arrived at office to check-in. The tour includes a self directed audio tour. I’ve had mixed experiences with these sort of things in the past so wasn’t sure what to expect. The device only works on the ship as the helpful person on the arrival desk explained. You move the device towards one of the indicators on the ship and the commentary begins after an audible beep. The information was interesting, not too long, and a mix of technical facts and personal experiences.

The initial presentation on the Battle of Jutland was impressive and immersive, being projected across the whole wall of the room. Lots of information was also displayed on signs throughout the ship, with an excellent and engaging amount of interactive displays.

It was interesting to see the story of the ship from planning and construction to service, decommissioning, the chance request that saved her from the breaker’s yard, and eventual restoration to her current role as a Royal Navy Museum vessel. Alongside this was information about her crew from the Great War.

The whole exhibition gave one a glimpse into the experience of living onboard such a ship during wartime.

There is an excellent café onboard serving sandwiches, snacks, tray-bakes, scones, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The gift shop at the end of the tour also had a lot of interesting items.

You could easily spend a whole day onboard working your way through all of the items. Allow at least 3 hours for your visit.
Written August 11, 2023
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