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Family mission d-day edition HMS Belfast in progress
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Home learning & resources

While you may not be able to visit HMS Belfast at the moment, IWM has a range of learning resources to keep children occupied over the coming weeks, including our new Adventures in History and Family Mission series.

Tune in every Wednesday at 2pm for Adventures in History. Hear IWM experts telling their favourite stories and sharing surprising perspectives you might not hear elsewhere! 

Then, on Fridays, we’ll be sharing fun challenges - join us for a new “mission briefing” every week.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.- and don't forget to let us know you are taking part! 

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Your Visit

Man and boy enjoy Family Mission activity on-board HMS Belfast
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Your Visit

Duck through hatches, climb ladders and explore all nine decks of this floating city and get up close to the inner workings of the ship.

Make the most of your families visit by reading our top tips. With practical information on how long you’ll spend at HMS Belfast, what to bring and more.

HMS Belfast is recommended for ages 5+

Top Family Things to Do

  • Woman and boy taking part in activy on HMS Belfast
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    Save the Ship!

    Plot a rescue mission in the Operations Room and guide HMS Belfast to safety using touchscreen technology.

  • Boy sitting in Captains chair
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    Sit in the Captain’s Chair

    Take the helm of this iconic warship and grab a photo as Captain of HMS Belfast.

  • Flag Deck on HMS Belfast
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    Enjoy the View

    Take in the one-of-a-kind panorama of London’s skyline from our Flag Deck.

  • Exploring the engine room
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    Explore the Engine Room

    Walk though the giant engines that powered HMS Belfast across the seas.

  • Gun turret experience HMS Belfast
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    Go to Battle

    Feel what it was like in the midst of battle in our Gun Turret Experience.

  • Man and Child explore inside HMS Belfast
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    Discover the Living Quarters

    See where the Navy officers would have slept and spent their spare time.

HMS BELFAST IT'S A KID MAGNET

Kid Magnet
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HMS BELFAST IT'S A KID MAGNET

'We stayed on board much longer than I had planned...had to drag them off in the end' - TripAdvisor Review

'My grandson age 7 and a half and myself went on it for 3 hours, and both of us loved it, I never realised how good it would be' - Facebook Review

'I was in awe. I have a 12 year old and 8 year old that felt the same. The history of this ship is definitely one to be taken in' - TripAdvisor Review

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Join IWM Membership

Become a member for a year of great days out that the whole family can enjoy.

Benefits include unlimited free admission to HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms and IWM Duxford from just £35.

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