School trips, youth and adult groups can discover the unique historic environment on board HMS Belfast with a self-guided visit.
A self-guided visit to HMS Belfast is suitable for ages 7+ (Key Stage 2 above) and may support various areas of study including:
- The Second World War
- Arctic Convoys
- The Korean War
- The River Thames
When you book a self-guided school visit your group will be given audio guides and teachers and group leaders are provided with a printed resource to support exploration of the ship.
An average school visit is approximately 90 minutes and while on board, visitors can enjoy an enriching self-guided experience and discover what life was like for the crew at war and at sea.
Adult leaders must stay with their students at all times while on board.
Things to explore
As part of your self-guided visit to HMS Belfast 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 to life
- The Arctic Mess Deck - Where men slept and spent their spare time during the Second World War Arctic Convoys
- Below the Water line – descend to huge boiler and engine rooms
- Climb to the uppermost decks for amazing views across the Thames
For further information visit our What's Here page.
Accessibility at HMS Belfast
Two decks on HMS Belfast can be accessed on board without needing to climb up or down ladders. However, there are other areas below deck that may be unsuitable for those with restricted mobility, wheelchair users and prams.
Please visit our accessibility page for more information.
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
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.
Visitors aged under 12 are provided with a Family audio guide.
Gift bags are available from the HMS Belfast shop. These can be reserved when booking your visit.
They cost £5 each and can be paid for in advance or invoiced afterwards.
Souvenir gift bag
- HMS Belfast postcard
- HMS Belfast photo magnet
- Red IWM mini button badge
- HMS Belfast mini notepad
- Red HMS Belfast grip pen