Opening Times
10am to 6pm every day, last admission is at 5pm

Explore HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

Explore HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. Since her launch over 82 years ago, she fired some of the first shots at the D-Day landings, served in the Arctic Convoys, and in the Korean War. She is now docked next to Tower Bridge, and in 1971 opened as a museum to the general public.

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.

Learn more about HMS Belfast

Photo of HMS Belfast's forward guns with the bridge in the background
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
© The rightsholder (IWM CT 381)
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.

Your visit

Operations room at HMS Belfast
Explore HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast


© 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.
© IWM (A 25665)
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
Serving the Seas

HMS Belfast


Families at HMS Belfast

Families at HMS Belfast

Climb on board HMS Belfast and get hands on with our family activities as you explore the ship.
Family poses for a selfie on HMS Belfast

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

Join IWM Today - become a member

Join IWM Today - become a member

Help us continue to tell stories that deserve to be heard by supporting us as a member and uncover a host of benefits including free standard admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.
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HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast
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2020 Tickets

In line with advice from Public Health England, IWM has taken the decision to close all of its sites until further notice. 
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Special rates for groups  and schools

Ticket FAQs




Aged 16 – 64 years

£17.10 £19


Aged 5-15 (under 5s free) All children must be accompanied by an adult

£8.55 £9.50

Family 1 adult and up to 3 children

£30.60 £34

Family 2 adults and up to 6 children

£44.10 £49


Senior 65+/ student / disabled

£13.70 £15.20

IWM Member

Members do not need to pre-book their visit

Free Free

Personal Carer

One personal carer to assist each disabled visitor

Free Free

Art Fund Member

£8.55 £9.50


  • 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.

    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.