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Explore HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

Explore HMS Belfast

You might not be able to come on board today, but you can still hear some unforgettable stories of life at sea. Sign up to our eNews, and over the coming weeks we will send you some handpicked favourites from our collection.

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A Balloon Site, Coventry
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Top Five HMS Belfast Shop Products

Top Five HMS Belfast Shop Products

While you may not be able to visit us at the moment, you can still be inspired by HMS Belfast from home. We have hand-picked some of our best sellers from the IWM online shop that are influenced by London’s Warship Experience.
HMS Belfast tin mug
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Discover more about HMS Belfast

Photo of HMS Belfast's forward guns with the bridge in the background
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Second World War
8 Things you Didn't Know about HMS Belfast and D-Day
Learn about the role HMS Belfast played in one of the defining battles of the Second World War.
Blindfolded , in merchant seaman rescue kit, being landed on their way to internment.
© IWM (A 21203)
Second World War
HMS Belfast And The Battle Of North Cape
The Battle of North Cape began when the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst and five destroyers left their base in Altenfjord, northern Norway on Christmas Day 1943.
HMS Belfast arrives at the pool of London
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HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast at 80
Explore the history of this famous warship and discover new stories from some of her veterans as we mark 80 years of HMS Belfast.

Families at HMS Belfast

Families at HMS Belfast

Discover home learning resources and find out the top family things to do on board London's Warship Experience. 
Family poses for a selfie on HMS Belfast
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Your visit

Operations room at HMS Belfast
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Explore HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

Permanent

© IWM (A 25665) HMS Belfast leaving Scapa Flow for the Normandy beaches in June 1944. The cruiser is reported to have fired some of the first shots on D-Day.
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D-Day
Discover D-Day75

Visit where D-Day history happened and discover how HMS Belfast, IWM Duxford and Churchill War Rooms played a part in the largest combined naval, air and land operation in the history of warfare.

 

Serving the Seas
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Serving the Seas

HMS Belfast

Permanent

How long will you stay?

Visitors on the captain's deck at HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast, Visitors on the captain's deck

How long will you stay?

We recommend you leave at least 90 minutes in your day to look around HMS Belfast. However, with our on-site café and the amount of information to be found on board, lots of people come for half-a day or more.

Explore HMS Belfast

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Location

HMS Belfast
IWM
Address

HMS Belfast
The Queen's Walk
London
SE1 2JH

  • London Bridge
  • Tower Hill

Facilities

  • Accessibility

    We are committed to ensuring HMS Belfast is accessible to as many visitors as possible. There is wheelchair access to the main deck of HMS Belfast but there is no access below deck due to the nature of the ship. Weight restrictions apply when using the accessible lift on to the HMS Belfast quarterdeck. The maximum combined weight of wheelchair and user allowable is 275kg. For more information please follow the link to our accessibility guide below.

  • Shopping at HMS Belfast

    Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. Shop in branch or online using the link below.

     

  • Eating and Drinking

    Get a bite to eat before you come aboard at our River Cottage Deli or finish your day with a drink from the rooftop Botanic Bar that overlooks the Thames. Alternatively take a break at the On Board Café where light refreshments are available. Please let our staff know if you have any dietary requirements.

  • Donations

    IWM is a registered charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections you can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.

  • Filming and photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.  

     

  • Audio Guides

    Audio guides are available from the information desk onboard HMS Belfast and there is no charge to use this facility.

     

    You can choose to use your own headphones that will connect to our audio guides via the 3.5 mm standard jack.

    The audio guides are available in English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish and Dutch.

    The audio guide lasts approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

     

     

  • Lockers and Luggage

    Large bags or suitcases are not permitted on board and there are no locker facilities onboard the ship.

  • Safety at IWM

    The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.  

  • Floor Plan

    To help you plan your visit in advance, please see the below link where you can download a copy of the Floor Plan and see the different decks for you to explore.