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HMS Belfast

Last updated: 10 March, 2024

A treasured survivor of the Second World War, this towering naval warship was launched over 80 years ago, and after a career that including firing some of the first shots at the D-Day landings, her nine decks now make up one of London’s most fascinating interactive war exhibitions.

Permanently moored as a museum ship on the Thames’ Southbank at Queen’s Walk, entry offers the opportunity to climb the ladders, learn the secrets of the command room and uncover the ship’s history, from her launch on St Patrick’s Day 1938 to her 25 years active Royal Navy service and life as a London landmark for the past half-century.

Logistics

Price from: £23
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Right on the Thames, at Queen’s Walk, the museum is well-located for easy access on foot or by public transport. The nearest station, less than 0.5 miles away is London Bridge (train and Tube); Waterloo is a two-mile walk west along the river. The nearest Thames Clipper river ferry pier is London Bridge City, 0.2 miles away.

When to do it

It’s open all year round, Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Early mornings, and late afternoon are the quietest times, certainly at the weekend.