With nine decks to explore, there’s a lot to discover at HMS Belfast. We recommend allocating at least 90 minutes for your day, but many visitors stay for half a day or more.

 
Take a look below at our highlights, find out what visitors said about our new displays and experiences, and learn more about safety and facilities on board. 
 

 

What's new on board?

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What's new on board?

We asked visitors what they thought of the new displays and interactive experiences on board HMS Belfast. Hear what they had to say. 

Come on board and discover brand-new displays and refreshed exhibition spaces, crew members stories, and new multi-sensory and interactive experiences.

Plus, don’t miss the brand-new World of Warships fully equipped free interactive gaming room on board.

Exhibitions & Displays

HMS Belfast Provision Room
Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
NEW: A Happy Ship

HMS Belfast

Permanent

Family walking through HMS Belfast Galley
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Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
NEW: Feeding the Crew

HMS Belfast

Permanent

HMS Belfast Sick Bay
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Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
NEW: Fighting Fit

HMS Belfast

Permanent

HMS Belfast Arctic Messdeck
Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
NEW: Home From Home

HMS Belfast

Permanent

Regulating Office HMS Belfast with family
Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
NEW: Life on Board

HMS Belfast

Permanent

Girl looking at Engine Room Gauges HMS Belfast
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Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
Lower Decks

HMS Belfast

Permanent

Quarter Deck Chevrons HMS Belfast
Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
The Quarter Deck

HMS Belfast

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HMS Belfast flag deck with Shard in background
Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
Upper Decks

HMS Belfast

Permanent

World of Warships
Permanent display
WORLD OF WARSHIPS: COMMAND CENTER

HMS Belfast

Permanent

Serving the Seas
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Exhibitions & installations, Permanent display
Serving the Seas

HMS Belfast

Permanent

Things to do with your family

There's plenty to discover on board London's Warship Experience! Come on board today! 

  • Family playing lower steering position HMS Belfast
    Steer the ship yourself

    Test your skills at the Lower Steering Position. Take orders from the Captain and steer the ship leading the fleet on D-Day 1944.

  • Girl on the captains chair, HMS Belfast
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    Sit in the Captain's Chair

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

  • Climbing the ladders on HMS Belfast
    Climb the ladders

    With nine decks to explore, ascend and descend ladders from the engine rooms in the lower decks to the flag deck at the top of the ship.

FACILITIES

  • 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. We will not be able to accept cash, but you can still pay by card.

  • Eating and Drinking

    Enjoy our new onboard Stokers café and take a welcome break from exploring HMS Belfast’s nine decks.

    Why not finish your visit by visiting The Bar @ HMS Belfast, situated above the gift shop.

    Enjoy a glass of wine and a snack or one of our bespoke cocktails while enjoying an unrivalled view of Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast.

  • Donations

    IWM is a 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 admissions desk prior to boarding 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.