HMS Belfast Overview

Take a tour of the HMS Belfast, a legendary cruiser that has been converted into a museum. The battleship HMS Belfast has previously survived major engagements in British history, including World War II and the Korean War. Throughout the tour, you will be able to explore various parts of the ship as each deck and room has a different story to tell. 

The Town-class light cruiser HMS Belfast was constructed on behalf of the Royal Navy. She is permanently moored on the River Thames in London as a museum ship that is run by the Imperial War Museum. During your tour, you can also listen to the audio guide, which will retell the warship's legends.

As the most notable Second World War Royal Navy warship still in existence, HMS Belfast has participated in the Arctic Convoys, the Korean War, and other conflicts since she was launched more than 80 years ago. In the past she has fired some of the opening shots at the D-Day landings as well. Experience all this and more with our Europe tour packages. Climb aboard and explore brand-new interactive exhibits and engaging historical displays and explore all nine decks of this renowned cruiser, from the flag deck's top to the lower decks that extend well below the Thames's surface.


• Visit the beautiful HMS Belfast, a museum turned warship, and be awestruck by the wartime memories on exhibit.
• Explore the HMS Belfast warship, which is permanently stationed on the River Thames and has survived several significant war events.
• From the Captain's Bridge and engine rooms to the sailor's mess deck and operations room, explore all 9 decks of HMS Belfast.
• Take a path up to the Flag Deck, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of central London.
• Interact with battleship veterans as they recount their crew's fascinating combat experiences.

How To Reach

  • By Tube: the closest stations are London Bridge (a five-minute walk away) and Tower Hill (a 20-minute walk away).
  • By Train: The nearest train station is London Bridge, which is less than 0.5 mile away.
  • By Bus: The closest bus stops are Abbots Lane and Hay's Galleria. These are bus stops for the 47, 343, and 381 buses.
  • By Thames Clipper: The nearest Thames Clipper dock is London Bridge City, which is 0.2 miles from the ship.
  • By Car: HMS Belfast does not have its own parking space; however, there is paid parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Best Time To Visit

You can plan your visit to HMS Belfast on any day of the year except December 24, 25, and 26. Weekdays are less congested, with the majority of visitors arriving between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Weekends see a significant increase in visits, with the peak hours being 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. So, it is advised that you prefer to visit on the weekends or after 4pm on the weekends.

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Other Essential Information

  • At the ticket redemption location, please present the tickets along with a valid photo ID.
  • For verification, bring your valid photo ID.
  • To avoid any delays, please come 10-15 minutes prior to the start time of your tour.
  • The entrance of HMS Belfast is where you may redeem your ticket.
  • These tickets are only good for the day and time specified at the time of purchase.
  • The HMS Belfast's main deck is wheelchair accessible, but there is no access below the deck due to the ship's design.
  • Access to some parts of the ship will be forbidden to little children (under 120 cm).
  • On board, there are facilities and a tiny cafe for anyone in need of a break.
  • There are no large bags or luggage allowed onboard.

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Point of Interest for HMS Belfast
Exploring The Museum

Exploring The Museum

HMS Belfast is a Royal Navy light cruiser ship that served in both World Wars and Korea. Under the auspices of the Imperial War Museum, it is now open to the public in London.

Experience Marine History

Experience Marine History

HMS Belfast is now a museum dedicated to the ship's intriguing history as well as the greater history of Britain's battles in the twentieth century. Visitors can climb the same ladders and hatches used throughout the HMS Belfast's long service and experience what it was like for soldiers on board over 9 decks of history on the Thames.

Exhibitions That Pay Homage To Life On Board

Exhibitions That Pay Homage To Life On Board

'Feeding the Crew,' 'Life on Board,' and 'Serving the Seas' are just a few of the exhibitions that depict various shades of a soldier's life on the marine ship. It celebrates the courage of the soldiers who spent a major part of their lives on the ships.

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