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KidRated’s HMS Belfast Top Tips:

  • While you are there, just imagine what it would have been like to be a sailor in WW2
  • Avoid the operating theatre if you’re squeamish
  • The top decks give great views over the Thames

The H.M.S. Belfast was the largest, most powerful battle cruiser owned by the British Navy during World War Two and took part in combat until 1963.

 

The sailors’ hammocks, kitchen and dental surgery are all open for viewing over nine decks. The ship’s enthralling adventures at sea are explained in the Gun Turret Experience, a sailor’s story of the Battle of North Cape in 1943 which is recounted in the cramped gun turret with evocative imagery. Yeomen and volunteers are also on board for those who want to discover more.

 

There is also the chance to visit the interactive Operations Room. Take control of a fleet of ships against an authentic backdrop or salvage parts of a plane drowned in the sea – just don’t press the emergency button! Alternatively, those who prefer it can visit the upper decks and experience beautiful views along the Thames.


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VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

The Queen’s Walk
London
SE1 2JH

When:

Open daily from 10am except for 24, 25 and 26 December

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7940 6300

Website:

Opening hours:

March - October: 10.00 - 18.00 (last admission 17.00)
November - February: 10.00 - 17.00 (last admission 16.00)
Closed: 24, 25 and 26 December

How to get there:

For details, see website.

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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Use a small backpack or cross-body bag as you’ll need both hands for going down steps backwards.
  • Ask for the kids audio guide too so you can follow along together.
  • It’s hard to negotiate the steps with toddlers so wait to visit until they’re older.
  • HMS Belfast wasn’t built as a museum so you all need to look out for trip hazards.
  • Get some photo opportunities with the kids wearing the captain’s hat and ‘driving’ the ship.
  • Dine at the family-friendly cafe on HMS Belfast or, if it’s a weekday, go to the basement cafe in nearby City Hall which is well-priced.

 

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com

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