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Update March 2014: website updated, small changes to text

HMS Belfast served in WW2, playing a leading part in the Normandy Landings. She is now moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge as a unique reminder of Britain?s naval heritage. A visit to the ship makes a good day out, especially for families ? we took a young nephew there many years ago and he loved imagining himself as a sailor!

The ship has been restored to reflect the different the campaigns that she served in, with 9 decks to explore. Areas you can visit include the Boiler Room, Engine Room, Wheelhouse, Ship?s Company Dining Hall, Mess Deck and Admiral?s living quarters.

There is a café on board where you can get cooked meals, hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and confectionery.

A few points to note about getting around HMS Belfast:-
Wheelchairs: unfortunately only limited areas of the ship are accessible for wheelchair users, though modifications have been made to provide a limited tour including the Quarterdeck, the Boat Deck and the café. Access to the ship is via a gangway with a wheelchair lift.
Safety: children under 16 have to be accompanied by an adult. Please make sure children (and you!) have suitable footwear ? there are lots of narrow metal steps so flip-flops and high heels just wouldn?t be safe.

The ship is also used for corporate events and conferences (hence my recent visit) and if you?re travelling to London with a group of children you might like to know that school classes and youth groups (age 8-18) can now sleepover on board. HMS Belfast's sleepover ("Kip in a ship") provides the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and sleep in the renovated mess-decks. The children sleep in original bunks, with authentic lockers and shower facilities. Meanwhile, you?ll be pleased to know, there are separate cabins with en-suite for accompanying adults. Breakfast, a session with an Education Officer and exploration of the ship are included in the price. See Kip in a ship for more information.

The ship is open daily (except over Christmas), 10.00am ? 6.00pm (till 5.00pm in winter). Admission costs £15.50 for adults with children under 16 going free and concessions £12.40. Audio guides are free and available in English, French, German and Spanish

Address: Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, SE1 2JH
Directions: Nearest tube stations are London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines) and Tower Hill (District and Circle lines)
Phone: +44 20 7940 6300
Website: http://hmsbelfast.iwm.org.uk/seahttp://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfastrver/show/nav.00e

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2014
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