Bookings for sessions between September 2018 – April 2019 are now open. We also have new digital learning resources available, including STEM resources for Key Stages 3 & 4.  Please remember that all schools must book in advance.

A visit to HMS Belfast may support studies of the Second World War, Arctic Convoys, Korean War or the River Thames. On board, discover a unique historic environment. Film, photographs, objects and veteran testimonies tell the story of what life was like living and working on board HMS Belfast.

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All schools (UK and overseas) must book in advance. 

  1. Fill out the Schools Visit Request Form stating the day(s) you would like to visit
  2. You will receive a response within ten working days
  3. Please don't make travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation email with your Visit Confirmation Letter attached.
  4. Book a gift bag in advance for collection during your visit
  5. Payment can be made in advance or on arrival.
  6. Check the booking information and Terms and Conditions.
  7. Identify potential risks during your visit.
  8. If you have any questions email 

Please note children must be supervised at all times with at least one adult for every ten children. Large groups may have to be divided.

School children under age 16 may get free admission, while students aged 16-18 may enter at a discounted price. To qualify for free admission, schools must make a direct booking with IWM. If your booking is made via a travel operator/third party organiser it is subject to admission charges. Groups also qualify for a discounted price. 



Please note:

You need to make an advanced booking to qualify for the concessionary rate.

If you come with no advanced booking you will need to pay for your whole group (including the children).

Fill out the Schools Visit Request Form to start your booking 


Up to 31 December 2018 From 1 January 2019

Pre-school child

Under 5

Free Free

School child

5-15. Visit must be booked in advance to qualify for this concessionary rate.

Free Free

School child

Age 5 - 15

£6.20 £6.55

School student


£10.80 £11.45

Supervising adult

Students and children must be supervised at all times with one adult for every 10 children

Free Free


One per disabled person

Free Free

Additional adult

£11.60 £12.25

Things to do

HMS Belfast Family day out
HMS Belfast
Self-Guided Visits
A visit to HMS Belfast may support studies of war and conflict from 1914 until the present day.
Children on Kip in a Ship night, HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast
Kip in a Ship
Sleep overnight on board HMS Belfast and experience life below deck in this adventure on the River Thames.
What accessibility provisions do you have at IWM?

Only two decks can be accessed without climbing or descending ladders – for more information see  Accessibility 

What provisions are there for SEN students?

See our Accessibility for more details. Please get in touch if you have any requirements you wish to discuss.

How do I get to IWM?

All our sites can be reached by public transport. London Bridge station is within walking distance. Please see TfLGoogle Maps, the AA Route Planner or National Rail for more details.

Who can I contact to find out more?

If you have any questions email

Do I need to carry out a risk assessment?

We encourage teachers to conduct pre-visit planning. To request 2 free group leader pre-visit tickets email

Please see IWM Identified Risk to help you with your own risk assessment.