HMS Belfast is a historic site and requires careful stewardship in order to preserve it for future generations, so maintenance work and changes to exhibition spaces and facilities have to be scheduled in to our plans. In addition, external events means organising our offer is an extremely complex task. The museum reviews its prices annually and any increases are implemented in January of each year. We release dates only once all these factors have been confirmed.
The online calendar shows all available dates. If you cannot find the date you want either we have not yet released the dates, the date is unavailable because of maintenance or another event, the date is already sold out, or it is too late to book. Tickets are available for online purchase up to midnight six weeks prior to the visit date. If the dates you are hoping for have not yet been released please check the calendar regularly. We are not able to keep a register of enquiries.
All available dates are shown on the online calendar and can be reserved with a non-refundable deposit. We cannot guarantee that any date not shown on the calendar will be available and therefore we are not able to accept provisional bookings.
All available dates will show on the online calendar. You will need a credit or debit card to pay the non-refundable, non- transferable deposit. Please see our Terms and Conditions for the current deposit price.
You can contact us using email [email protected] or calling 020 7416 5000 and asking to speak to the London Customer Services Team.
We have a standard cost per person which includes breakfast. Any additional guests added within four weeks of the visit date are charged an increased rate. Please see our Terms and Conditions for current prices.
We are able to offer Kip in a Ship to Overseas Groups with English as a first language. Please email [email protected] if you are not sure.
The Kip on a Ship offer we provide at present is only suitable for school and youth groups. We are not able to accept bookings from families or individuals. The minimum group size is 20.
Our Child Protection guidelines restrict us from allowing adults to share the mess decks with children and young adults. All the adults must sleep in the two-adult cabins which each have three bunks.
We will do our best to accommodate you, but because the mess decks can only be accessed down steep ladders Kip in a Ship is not suitable for anyone in a wheelchair. Before booking please contact us by email with details of the special needs so that we can understand your needs and discuss appropriate solutions.
You must have at one adult for every ten children. We are not able to accommodate more than six adults on board. Any extra adults with your party will need to stay in nearby accommodation. All adults must sleep in the adult cabins - we do not allow adults to share the children’s mess decks.
Unfortunately, we are not able to class 16-18-year-olds as supervising adults on board HMS Belfast. All group leaders must be over 18.
You have sole use of the accommodation from 6pm to 9am the following morning; we do not book more than one group to stay on board. Some evenings there may be corporate functions taking place in other sections of the ship.
We need the completed Excel sheet with all your confirmed booking details at least six weeks before your visit date. While we appreciate this can be difficult, we have to send all the information to our Finance Department so we can invoice you in good time. We also need to organise catering, a concierge and a learning officer for your morning presentation.
You will be charged for the number of guests you requested on your form. However, please advise us of any name changes as soon as possible and these need to be noted on the register when you arrive. There is no charge for a name change, but we can only change like for like, e.g. a child for a child and an adult for an adult. Please be aware that we cannot change catering requirements at this stage.
We will have already sent all your details to our Finance Department; you may well have already been invoiced and paid for your visit. We can add additional guests to your booking, provided you do not exceed the maximum capacity and meet our required ratio of 1:10.This will be invoiced separately and the extra guest will be charged a premium rate per person. Please see our Terms and Conditions for current prices.
Any additional guests who arrive on the night may be refused entrance. If we can accommodate the extra guest and you do not exceed the maximum capacity and meet our required ratio of 1:10 they will be charged a premium rate. Please see our Terms and Conditions for current prices.
We ask that groups bring either their own linen or a sleeping bag, and pillow case, as well as personal items such as toiletries. The accommodation is accessed by steep ladders, so please consider how much luggage you can manage.
Please visit our Visitor Information page for travel information.
Your booking starts at 6pm when your concierge comes on duty and delivers your health and safety brief. Until that time groups cannot access the mess decks.
If you wish to stay on board during the evening of your stay, you can now choose to take part in an evening activity, which is charged additionally; details of the content are included on the main webpage. The session runs from 6:45-9:45pm and during this time your group will take part in an exclusive private tour of the Captain’s Bridge and flag deck, after the ship has closed to public visitors. Minimum of 15 children per activity.
You are welcome to explore HMS Belfast at any time during normal opening hours. Once the ship has closed to the public we often carry out conservation work. Therefore, Kip in a Ship guests must stay in the mess decks or go ashore.
You are welcome to leave HMS Belfast during the evening. Your concierge will escort you from the ship. When you wish to return please call the concierge and they will meet you on the quayside and escort your group back on board. We insist that the latest you return is midnight. Please note if not all your group wish to leave, you must make sure that the 1:10 ratio of adults to children remains with the group left on board.
Your concierge stays on board in a cabin near to the accommodation to assist your group coming on board and leaving while the ship is closed. They are also on board to assist with safe evacuation in the case of an emergency alarm. In addition, there are two general ship security guards on board all night. There is a telephone in the group leader’s cabin where you can telephone your concierge directly. You will also be given a mobile telephone to contact them on for the night of your stay only.
Restaurants and cafés are continually opening and changing within the area. Once you have found a restaurant, we recommend you call them to check they are able to accommodate a large group.
We are not able to provide food preparation, storage or dining facilities. You can order takeaway if you wish; we would recommend pizza as it is easy to transport and leaves less mess than other takeaways. Let your concierge know you are ordering takeaway. They will then escort you to the Quarter Deck once the delivery arrives. There are no bins, so please be aware that the leftovers may be with you in the mess decks overnight.
There are power points in the leaders’ cabins,
Yes there are two toilets and two showers for the children in each mess deck. There is also another toilet and shower for the adult cabin. Please bring your own soap, shampoo and towels.
Breakfast is served in the Walrus Café at 8am and consists of cereal, toast, fruit juice and fruit (tea/coffee for adults only). Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. We are not able to offer breakfast at any other time as our catering staff need to prepare for ship opening time of 10am.
Groups can pre-order packed lunches to pick up at 10am from the Walrus Café following their night on board. Packed lunch consists of one sandwich with a choice of five fillings on white bread (cheese, ham, cheese and ham, tuna, or egg and cress), one piece of fresh fruit, one packet of crisps, one carton of juice drink, one mini muffin and one chocolate bar. If an item is not available, a suitable equivalent will be offered.
Gift bags containing a selection of souvenirs from HMS Belfast shop can be pre-booked. For a list of current souvenir selections in each bag email [email protected]. If an item is not available, a suitable equivalent will be offered.
We have 2 small lockable fridges in the mess decks for medicines only. Please let us know if you wish to use the fridges.
We have a secure cupboard for groups to leave luggage. You can drop-off and pick up luggage at pre-set times and subject to staff availability.
Your complimentary HMS Belfast learning session is a way of enhancing your visit. The session will introduce your group to just a few of the fantastic stories of the men who served on board and help them understand what the living conditions were like on board.
*Please be advised, although we do our upmost to provide a session to every group, occasionally due to staffing resource we may not be able to provide this complimentary session
We reserve the classroom at 9am specifically for Kip in a Ship groups. We only have one classroom and this is used by other groups for learning sessions the rest of the day.
We do not offer guided tours of the HMS Belfast as part of your Kip in a Ship booking. However, you are welcome to look round on a self-guided basis during normal visitor times.
If you do choose to book the evening activity add on, this includes a tour of the Captain’s Bridges and flag deck, after the Ship has closed to the public.
You will be invoiced within four weeks of your visit date. Your invoice will list all the items you have specified on your booking confirmation form, including any lunches and gift bags less your deposit. It will also show the VAT. You can pay by BACS, credit/debit card or cheque. Full details can be found on the invoice.
The education service is provided by the Imperial War Museum Trading Company, which is a separate legal entity and is not a public body.
We provide risk identification information on our website. You can use this to help you write your risk assessment. We also advise group leaders to make a preliminary visit to the HMS Belfast before your Kip in a Ship visit.
All cancellations must be in writing. Please email [email protected] to cancel your booking. We are not able to refund deposits. If you cancel less than four weeks prior to your arrival you will be invoiced for the full amount.
Please read our Terms and Conditions and FAQs carefully. If you have further questions please email us at [email protected] . We endeavour to answer all email queries within two working days.