CC Image courtesy of HMS Belfast by Nick Hewson
CC Image courtesy of HMS Belfast by Jeff Summers
CC Image courtesy of HMS Belfast by Jeff Summers
CC Image courtesy of HMS Belfast by James Morley

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 and served with distinction in both the Second World War and the Korean War. She is now the only surviving example of the great fleets of big gun armoured warships built for the Royal Navy in the first half of the twentieth century. HMS Belfast is moored on the River Thames, with an idyllic location between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

On 5 August 1939 HMS Belfast was commissioned into the Royal Navy and just a month later she was at war. On 21 November 1939, whilst leaving the Firth of Forth, HMS Belfast was severely damaged by a German magnetic mine, the damage was so severe that it was almost three years before she was fit for action again. She continued to serve in active military engagements until 1952, including participation in the destruction of the battle cruiser Scharnhorst the Normandy Landings and the Korean War. She remained in service until 1965.

Look out for...

  • Interactive Operations Room — experience the sights and sounds of controlling a fleet of ships
  • Gun Turret experience — discover what it would have been like to be in the midst of a battle
  • The Fo’c’sle at the bow of the ship — take in the fabulous view up the Thames
  • Boiler and engine Rooms — explore the powerful machines that drove the ship during operations across the world (access via steep ladder only)
  • Arctic messdeck — see the tightly packed hammocks where the sailors slept during the Arctic Convoys of the Second World War
  • Sailors’ stories — visit the Life at Sea exhibition or speak to one of our Yeomen or volunteers to find out more about those who lived and served aboard HMS Belfast

Museum Video

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: Central


  • HMS Belfast
  • The Queens Walk
  • London
  • SE1 2JH


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • London Bridge

    National Rail

    • London Bridge

    Bus Numbers

  • 47, 343, 381, RV1


Adult £15.00
Child £0.00
Admission discounts
Art Fund 50% off entry
English Heritage 2 for 1 entry
London Pass FREE entry
Open Hours
Monday 10:00am 18:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am 18:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am 18:00pm
Thursday 10:00am 18:00pm
Friday 10:00am 18:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 18:00pm
Sunday 10:00am 18:00pm
Bank Holidays 10:00am 18:00pm
Open daily 4 November to 20 February 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm) 21 February to October 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)

Contact Details

Phone 020 7940 6300
Website HMS Belfast
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