Really cool ship. Really cool stuff.
I would recommend coming here if you have a couple of hours to spare. It's the permanently docked ship along the Thames river just west of the Tower Bridge. If you have the London Pass, your entrance fee is waived. An audio guide is included with your tour.
There is a lot of history with this ship. You get to walk on the decks and the halls of the sailors and officers that served during World War 2. It's a battleship, so they have the standard huge guns that were used during a lot of the Naval warfares.
I might be a little biased because I love military history, but still, even the young and the old will enjoy their time here. And they just re-opened the museum after several months of renovation.
It's a bit pricey, but if you have the London Pass, you're golden.
This was a stop that wasn't on my planned London trip. We ended up with some extra time and were close to here so we went. We had a London Pass so it was practically free. I love visiting ships and this was a great addition to our trip. Its a very well put together museum. It helps to follow the map though since the signs are as helpful as you would think. I ended up going through it 'quickly' since it was near closing time but it still took me over an hour. The mannequins they have are almost creepily realistic but a very neat touch. The have an audio guide that is included with the tour in several languages. (Tip, if you somehow screw up and change the language to something you don't understand, you can hit 9999 to pick another language) . There are also great views of the river and of the Tower bridge from around the ship. On one of the mid-decks there is a nice museum type area that has a lot of history and models as well as movies and audio of some of the more famous battles. Tip: This is not an OSHA friendly tour. The ship has lots of steep ladders (not even stairs) to get from place to place. You can still go around the first desk with out using a ladder but the rest of the ship is impossible to get to. Even if we didn't have the London Pass, 11 pounds is worth it.
10.70 pounds and you are in, enjoying alive one of the most important England ships during World War 2.
I really appreciate what English did during that time, but the museum didn't appeal to me, maybe cause I'm not a boy, so I didn't have that interest in all the details inside it.
This is a real live boy's toy and a piece of heroic maritime history open for public exploration.
After seeing service in WW2 in the Normandy landings, HMS Belfast is now moored just upriver from Tower Bridge as a permanent floating museum. Even from the bank, she's still an impressive sight.
£10.70 gets you aboard but be on the lookout for discount vouchers in local publications and tourist brochures.
Just to be able to clamber over the decks and explore the various levels within the ship and admire the big guns is impressive enough. However, in addition, there is a lot of information scattered about the ship as well as waxwork recreations of conditions on board. It's sometimes sobering to slow down and think about what this ship has really been through in the past and how those brave naval seamen operated in such cramped conditions to literally fight for our lives and freedom.
A good day out and close enough to other attractions such as the Tower of London opposite on the north bank of the Thames, the London Dungeons and Borough Market.
The HMS Belfast is a British navy warship dating back to 1938; she was hugely important in World War II, including D-Day, and now is a permanent musuem on the River Thames in London.
This was definitely one of my favorite tourist stops in England. I'm not the history buff my husband is, but you can't not be intrigued here. They have exhibits dedicated to specific battles and events. See what it would have been like to live onboard, from the hammock-filled messdeck to a genuinely scary sick bay to the rum rations. And look at the inner workers of the ship, including the shell room, magazine and handling room, engines, radios, and operation rooms. There's a lot of tidbits scattered around the ship, with signs, wax figures and an audio tour-- this is one place where you should definitely take them up on the headset, as it's very informative and you'd miss a lot without it.
Tickets are expensive at £14, but that's really not more than any of the other major London attractions. Plan on 90 minutes to explore the ship in its entirety, and wear comfortable shoes that are good for climbing ladders. We went on a weekday afternoon in May and most of the time it seemed like we were the only people there, so it's a nice break from the crowds.
This is one of the most unique, immersive museums you could visit. Definitely worth a visit while you're in London.
From the looks of it, you can't make this ship operational in case aliens attack. It turns out the communications are sealed and some of the turrets seemed to be welded shut.
As everyone said, it is sort of expensive to pay 10 pounds to walk around a ship, but it is fairly fun. It's quite large and you can explore the very top to very bottom.
My biggest question is, however, how did they manage to put that torpedo in the hallway?
If you happen to see it in one of the hull decks, let me know what you think. It's huge and there don't seem to be any doors it would fit through.
If you're a Second World War buff and want to learn a little bit more about naval life during this period, it would be hard to be disappointed with a trip to HMS Belfast, most famous for support in advancing allied troops on D-day and preserved as an Imperial War Museum site for her historical importance in both the Second World War and the Korean War.
On board you'll receive a map of the nine decks which tell the story of the sailors with waxwork models and reconstructions. There are a lot of ladders from the Captain's bridge to the boiler rooms so suitable clothing and able bodies are advised! Entrance is £10.30 but I got a special 2 for 1 deal from a booklet you can pick up in the underground - look out for them!
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