Self guided visit

A visit to HMS Belfast may support studies of the Second World War, Arctic Convoys, Korean War or The River Thames.

Visit details

  • Suitable for: Ages 7+ (Key stage 2 and above)
  • Accessibility: Only two decks can be accessed without climbing or descending ladders – for more information see Accessibility
  • Duration: An average school visit is approximately 90 minutes
  • Cost: please see tickets and prices

Schools, what we offer:

  • Free or discounted entry. See prices for details
  • Teachers and group leaders are provided with a printed self-directed resource to support your exploration of the ship.
  • Gift bags can be reserved and then paid for on admission.

Groups, what we offer:

  • Discounted entry. See prices for details
  • Audio guide
  • Gift bags can be reserved and then paid for on admission.


An audio guide highlight tour of HMS Belfast provides insight into this historic ship.  Hear battle stories from the Second World War and beyond – the convoys in icy arctic conditions, the bombardment of German defences on D-Day and the 404 days spent patrolling waters during the Korean War.

Audio guides are included in your admission price and you can choose between a variety of languages, (available in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Russian and Spanish

Visitors aged under twelve are provided with a Family audio guide.

What to see

As part of your visit you can explore:

  • The Gun Turret Experience - Find out what it was like to be in the heart of battle, during the sinking of the Scharnhorst
  • The Operations Room - Simulated radars, equipment lights and a touchscreen plotting table bring a naval operation
  • The Arctic Mess Deck - Where men slept and spent their spare time during the Second World War Arctic Convoys
  • Below the Water line – the Shell Room, Boiler Room and Engine Room
  • Life at Sea and War and Peace exhibitions -  Explore the history of HMS Belfast from launch in 1938 through the Second World War, Korean War, Cold War and becoming a museum in 1971

For further information visit our What to See pages

Planning your visit

We encourage teachers to conduct pre-visit planning. To request 2 free group leader pre-visit tickets email LearningBookings@iwm.org.uk

Write your risk assesment

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

Request a visit
Read our Terms and Conditions

You will receive a response to your request within ten working days

Gift Bags

Gift bags can be reserved and then paid for on admission