HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. Since her launch over 80 years ago, she fired some of the first shots at the D-Day landings, served in the Arctic Convoys, and in the Korean War.
HMS Belfast reopens on 8 July 2021
HMS Belfast is currently closed.
During the summer we will be open daily from Thursday 8 July – Sunday 5 September

Members go free

IWM members get unlimited free entry to HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms & IWM Duxford, discounted events, priority booking and much more!

Visit London's Warship Experience

Climbing the ladders on HMS Belfast

Visit London's Warship Experience

Opening from 8 July 2021. 

HMS Belfast is a surviving witness to world conflict with a rich and varied life span of 83 years.

Following an extended closure in March 2020, HMS Belfast reopens this summer with an improved visitor offer. Explore new displays and exhibition spaces, discover crew members stories and enjoy interactive experiences. 

Climb ladders, duck through hatches and explore this fascinating historic site. 

Plan your visit today. 


  • HMS Belfast Gun Firing D-Day

    Learn about HMS Belfast's 25-year active service as you explore all nine decks of the ship that fired some of the first shots on D-Day. 

  • Arctic Convoy HMS Belfast

    Discover personal stories of those who served on board, including Surgeon Lieutenant Robert Anthony Rowan, who saved many lives during the Korean War.

  • HMS Belfast arriving Pool of London

    This year marks 50 years since HMS Belfast arrived on the River Thames, opened as a museum and became an iconic London landmark. 

Stories from the museum

Photo of HMS Belfast's forward guns with the bridge in the background
Second World War
8 Things you Didn't Know about HMS Belfast and D-Day
Learn about the role HMS Belfast played in one of the defining battles of the Second World War.
HMS Belfast on the Thames
HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast in Popular Culture
Moored on the River Thames since 1971, HMS Belfast has become a London landmark. She has also made a host of star appearances, featuring in everything from film and TV, to music and viral videos. 
HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast and the Arctic Convoys
For 18 months, HMS Belfast and her crew endured punishing conditions supporting the vital Arctic Convoys delivering supplies to the Soviet Union. 
HMS Belfast Shop
Discover our gifting ranges inspired by HMS Belfast's historic site.
Free UK delivery on orders over £40

Support Us

As a charity, now more than ever IWM needs your support to ensure we can continue to tell personal stories and experiences of conflict for current and future generations to come. 

A Balloon Site, Coventry
© IWM (ART LD 2750)
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Make a donation to IWM and help us to tell the stories of those affected by conflict, launch our ground-breaking exhibitions and deliver our world-class learning programmes. 
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Help us continue to tell the stories that deserve to be heard by supporting us as a member and uncover a host of benefits including free standard admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.
An interwar Earl Haig Fund 'Remembrance Day' poppy
© IWM (EPH 2313)
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Discover the many ways you can support our historically important sites and world-leading collection.

We Were There: Meet Our Eyewitnesses

We Were There: Meet Our Eyewitnesses

Discover more about the people behind the stories.
Mike, one of the veterans participating in IWM's We Were There programme


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HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast
The Queen's Walk

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  • Donations

    IWM is a registered 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Eating and Drinking

    Our café and bar will remain closed until further notice.