Once home to a crew of 950 men, HMS Belfast, part of Imperial War Museums, tells the stories of those who lived and worked on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond. Imagine sleeping in one of the tightly packed hammocks during convoy duties in icy Artic Waters, or being stationed deep in the bowels of the ship when she opened fire in support of Allied troops on D-Day. Explore none decks of amazing history, from the daily drudgery of peeling spuds in the Galley to the sights and sounds of controlling a fleet of ships in the interactive Operations Room. Hear veterans’ first-hand experiences in the Life at Sea exhibition, and discover for yourself what it would have been like to be in the midst of a battle in our thrilling Gun Turret Experience. During adverse weather, it may become necessary for certain ladders and upper decks on HMS Belfast to be closed at short notice.
An audio guide highlight tour of HMS Belfast provides an insight into this historic ship. Hear battle stories from the Second World War and beyond- Audio guides are free for every visitor and are available in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Russian and Spanish) A family audio guide is also available.
During adverse weather, it may become necessary for certain ladders and upper decks on HMS Belfast to be closed at short notice. Please ask a member of staff onboard for more information.
The nature of the ship makes access to some areas below decks impossible for wheelchair users. However, the following is available:
A wheelchair lift from the gangway to the Quarterdeck where the tours begins
Wheelchairs are available to loan
Assistance dogs for the deaf and sight impaired are welcome and will have no problem navigating the deck. However, the nature of the ship will make access to some areas below decks extremely difficult.
All visitors are provided with a free hand-held personal audio guide.
Modifications have been made to the Deck, the Quarterdeck, Boat House and Walrus Café to make them accessible to wheelchair users.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
Encore is unable to book School Groups. School Groups, please book directly with the Imperial War Museum (https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast).
Schools (UK or International) who book in advance in term time (during the week only) are eligible for free admission. Schools who arrive without a booking will be charged.
Please take your e-mail confirmation to the venue entrance to gain entry.