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Imperial War Museums


HMS Belfast




The Queen's Walk

London  SE1 2JH



Image IWM (HU 10258). © IWM, IWM Non-Commercial Licence


Situated on the south bank of the River Thames (see map), HMS Belfast is a museum ship run by the Imperial War Museums (IWM, https://www.iwm.org.uk/)


HMS Belfast is the largest WW2 era museum warship in the UK.A Town-class light cruiser launched in 1938, the ship was involved as an arctic convoy escort, in the Battle of the North Cape (1943), and Operation Overlord (1944).






You can visit all nine decks of the HMS Belfast. See the operations room, boiler and engine room, mess decks, transmitting station, six-inch gun turrets, magazines, flag deck and more, and you can even sit in the Captain’s chair. Although the ship saw some upgrades and post-war service, she now sports her 1942-1944 camouflage (Admiralty Disruptive Camouflage Type 25), The ship has an onboard café, and you can support the work of the IWM by buying something from the associated IWM Shop, port side.


HMS Belfast: Guided Tour Around The Revamped WW2 Museum Ship!




Membership options are available.

Opening hours:

10am - 6pm, last entry 5pm

every day except 24 to 26 December.

Ticket prices start about £25 (June 2024).




For more history on the HMS Belfast:


HMS Belfast - A Town that served a Country



An excellent video by Drachinifel on the design and features of the ship, followed by an overview of her operational and refit history.






What was it like to work in the gun turrets?  HMS Belfast's Armament



In this video from the Imperial War Museums, we get to see how the guns were loaded, aimed following intel from the transmission station, and fired


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