HMS Belfast Southwark, London Moored by Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast - a big gunned light cruiser - is the only surviving vessel of her type to have seen active service during WWII (and Korea). She is now an unrivalled floating museum giving a real feel of life at sea in wartime.
Opening time Mar-Oct: 10:00-18:00 Nov-Feb: 10:00-17:00 Last admission one hour before close. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Prices Adult: £12.95 Child (0-16): Free Senior: £10.40 Student: £10.40 Disabled: £7.80 (and carer free) Unemployed: £6.50 Group discounts are also available.
How to get there Tube: London Bridge Station (Jubilee and Northern lines), Tower Hill Station (District and Circle lines), or Tower Gateway (Docklands Light Railway) and a five minute walk. Rail: London Bridge Station and a five minute walk or Fenchurch Street Station and a ten minute walk. Car: HMS Belfast is on the South side of the River Thames, close to Tower Bridge and City Hall. There are various street around with pay and display parking as well as a few car parks. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to find spaces in this area. The area is also within the Congestion Charging Zone.
To the hms belfast shoutwark HMS Belfast’s history includes the protection of artic convoys, the hunt that finally sunk the feared German battle cruiser Scharnhorst, the bombardment for D-Day, and later in her life action in support of South Korean and American forces during the Korean War. As a museum, HMS Belfast tells these tales, but perhaps more significantly allows you to experience the atmosphere and day-to-day life cramped together within a large ship’s company in a massive metal hull. You can steer the ship on the bridge, traverse the frightening high walkways through the engine room, see the how the hospital might have looked in action, wonder at the hammocks packed in together, and check out the cost of little luxuries in the ship’s shop. The ship is now well looked after as part of the Imperial War Museum’s collection. It’s an amazing piece of war history, right in the very heart of London. Please note that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.