Do you fancy a great and informative day out on your visit to London? Then visit the amazing HMS Belfast constructed in 1936 by Harland & Wolff of Belfast and launched in 1938, it is the largest surviving example of Britain’s war time naval power located on the Thames and moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Taken out of active service in 1965 and opened to the general public on Trafalgar day, 21 October 1971 she is the last remaining vessel of her type and one of the most powerful and largest light cruisers.
Once home to 950 men, HMS Belfast played an important role during the war protecting the artic conveys, Russia’s main supply route until 1944 when she spent time supporting the D-Day landings, she also played a notable role during the Battle of North Cape with the sinking of the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst. During the Korean War from 1950-1952 she played an active role in supporting Allied Forces, her later years were spent carrying out peace-keeping duties around the world until she was taken out of service.
There are nine amazing decks for visitors to explore, narrating the stories of those brave men who worked and lived on board during the Second World War and beyond. Once aboard, collect your map and follow the arrows which guide you around the ship, it’s possible to go off and explore parts of the ship by yourself but don’t miss out on the “Interactive Operations Room” with the sights and sounds of supervising a fleet of ships. At the “Life at Sea exhibition” hear the moving stories of veterans experiences and one of the highlight of the tour is discovering what it would have been like in the middle of a battle in the electrifying and exhilarating ”Gun Turret Experience”. Head into the depths of the ship and experience how cramped these huge ships are below deck with steep narrow steps, see the huge boiler room and lower decking areas.
It’s a great family destination with the children under 16 accompanied by a paying adult having free admission which helps if you're on a tight budget. If you want to make a weekend of it we have the best priced hotels available close to the HMS, courtesy of our partners Search4ahotel.com