The Gun Turret Experience
Find out what it was like to be in the heart of battle action on board HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast's 6-inch guns
Get up close to HMS Belfast’s powerful guns, trained and elevated onto a target 12.5 miles away
The War and Peace Exhibition
Explore the story of HMS Belfast and her engagements during wartime and peace
The Life at Sea Exhibition
Hear first-hand experiences of being in action through the oral histories of HMS Belfast veterans
While on board, you can discover what it was like to serve in the far-flung places HMS Belfast visited during her years in active service. From convoy duties in icy Arctic conditions during the Second World War to patrolling waters in support of retreating troops during the Korean War, delve beneath the surface of the ship’s history to explore her adventures at sea.
Don’t miss our thrilling Gun Turret Experience: A Sailor’s Story, 1943, which transports you back in time to the Battle of North Cape on Boxing Day 1943, in which the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst was sunk by Royal Navy warships, HMS Belfast among them. You can experience what it would have been like to be in the heart of the action on the day of the battle as lights, imagery, smoke effects, vibrations, sounds and smells recreate the intense atmosphere inside a cramped gun turret.
You can also see a life jacket from the Scharnhorst in the War and Peace exhibition. War and Peace explores the Battle of North Cape and HMS Belfast’s other engagements in greater depth, taking you through her life story since the 1930s. For first-hand experiences of being in action, the Life at Sea exhibition features oral histories from veterans, including John Harrison who was on board when HMS Belfast was struck by a mine in November 1939.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the battle stories of those who served on board HMS Belfast, speak to one of our Yeomen or volunteers during your visit.
Collections in Context
HMS Belfast was launched in March 1938, at a time when navies were competing to build powerful cruisers to protect shipping routes.
The Merchant Navy
In wartime, Britain depended on civilian cargo ships to import food and raw materials...
After Germany invaded the Soviet Union (Russia) on 22 June 1941...
From our Collections
Vegetables to Grow, July-August
The British Army in North Africa 1942
The British Army in the Normandy Campaign 1944
In the Jungle - Self Portrait, Konyu, Thailand Jungle, July 1943
Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection
The Battle of Passchendaele, July-November 1917
embroidery, decorative, civilian, British
Russian Forces in Berlin, 1945
Geiser Theodore (Mons) Collection
American Independence Day, London, 4th July 1918 : Central Hall, Westminster. Mr Winston Churchill speaking: 'Germany must be beaten, must know she is beaten, must feel she is beaten.'