Groups and Schools

Discover a unique historic environment. Film, photographs, objects and veteran testimonies tell the story of what life was like living and working on board HMS Belfast during her duties in the Second World War, the Cold War, Korea and beyond.

Self-guided visits

UK schools, academies, FE colleges and youth groups can book a self-guided site visit on board HMS Belfast.

You must book in advance and pay on arrival.

Planning your visit

We offer two tickets for teachers to conduct pre-visit planning. To book your visit please email with the date and IWM branch you would like to visit.

You might also want to use our free digital learning resources which can be used to inspire your self-guided visit.

Learning sessions

We offer Learning Sessions at IWM London, IWM North and IWM Duxford.

Booking process

  • School groups (with 5 – 15 year olds) on a self-guided visit are eligible for free admission but need to book in advance.
  • School groups (with 16 – 18 year olds) will pay admission for self-guided visits at all times.
  • School visit (with 5 – 15 year olds) will need to take place on a weekday during UK term time to qualify for free admission
  • If you are visiting outside these times or do not make an advance booking then you will need to pay for your whole group (including the children).
  • Your school must make a direct booking with IWM to qualify for free term time admission. Bookings made via a travel operator/third party organiser are subject to admission charges.
  • For full details see Terms and Conditions.

Allow at least 90 minutes to explore the ship. Extra care must be taken when walking around HMS Belfast with only two decks that can be accessed without climbing or descending ladders. We suggest outdoor clothing and flat shoes should be worn. For more information see Accessibility.

Overnight stays are available to UK schools and youth groups with children aged 8-18 who can Kip in a Ship.

If you are an adult, please visit our Adult Groups page.

Gift bags

Gift bags can be reserved and then paid for on admission.

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