School Visits and trips to HMS Belfast
Inspire the next generation by exploring all nine decks of HMS Belfast to discover what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea.
The most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, HMS Belfast's unique history is ready and waiting to be discovered.
Things to do
There are countless things to explore and do on board HMS Belfast. Your group can:
- Steer the ship
- Sit in the Captain's chair
- Get hand on in the Operations Room
- Find the prison cell
Find out more by visiting our What's Here page.
A self-guided visit to HMS Belfast is suitable for ages 7+ (Key Stage 2 above) and could support many areas of study including the Second World War, Arctic Convoys and the Korean War.
Self-guided visits for schools include free audio guides and a printed resources for teachers and group leaders to support your exploration of the ship.
Find out more by visiting our Self-guided visits page.
Plan and book a school visit
HMS Belfast is easily accessible via public transport, making it perfectly located for your next school trip. Visit our Getting here page for more information.
All schools must book in advance. To start the booking request please fill out our Schools Visit Request Form. You will be contacted within ten working days with a response to your booking request and further information.
Visit our plan and book a school visit page for ticket prices and booking information.
IWM wishes to ensure that all children and vulnerable adults are safe and protected from harm whilst visiting its premises.
Our safeguarding policy (pdf) and accompanying procedures outline the safeguarding systems we have in place.
Two decks on board HMS Belfast can be accessed without needing to climb up or down ladders. However, there are other areas below deck that may be unsuitable for those with restricted mobility, wheelchair users and prams. We have provisions in place for SEN students.
Please visit our accessibility page for more information.
Stay on HMS Belfast
Schools and youth groups are invited to enjoy a nautical overnight stay on board HMS Belfast and experience life below deck in this adventure on the River Thames.