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“Fantastic reminder of darker days”
Review of HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast
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Owner description: Launched in 1938, this cruiser served in World War II, playing a major role in the sinking of the German battle ship "Scharnhorst" in the Normandy landings.
Reviewed 16 May 2018

Everything about this old warship is impressive. Walking its corridors and investigating all the different parts that go to make up the whole is an enlightning experience. My children were as enthralled as I was as we toured the various levels and rooms, and we all felt that it was a visit that brings naval history to life. The staff are among the friendliest and most helpful you'll meet anywhere. Also, there's a really nice cafe at the entrance/exit, where 4 of us shared a really nice cheese board! Highly recommended.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

I last went to HMS Belfast when I was still in short pants. I remember being excited by it back then and yet, for some reason I have not been back. With a spare day in London co-inciding with the closure for maintenance of the RAF Museum in Hendon, I went along to HMS Belfast. It was well worth it. Quite expensive to get in (c£18 for an adult on the door. Tickets can be booked on line for a discount but not on the day so you have to plan in advance). Fortunately a Thursday in May was not too busy so I was able to immerse myself in the ship. Free audioguides in a variety of languages on arrival are a bonus. Very comprehensive commentary. Sometimes a bit difficult to navigate as the pre-arranged route through the ship has many twists and turns but you get a really good feel for what life was like onboard on the Arctic Convoys in WW2. You must go down into the engine and boiler rooms if at all possible. It is fascinating to see the innards of a ship like this one. Not accessible to small children or those with mobility issues but the tiny catwalks and vertical ladders are a bit of exercise and very insightful about how hard life must have been in a hot, noisy environment, below the water line keeping the ship going. Also the descent into the shell magazine is a must, but again not for those with mobility issues. The cafe was closed when I was there, but that did not really bother me at all. I would allow at least a couple of hours to do the ship justice, and, if you are really interested, quite a bit longer. There are things here for all ages so small children will enjoy it too. Worth reading up a bit on the Battle of the North Cape before hand if you are interested, though there is quite a lot of information available on-board.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank RichardVUK
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Visited here about twenty years ago.
From then to now they have opened up more things to see and do.
They have a cafe and toilets which are both clean and tidy.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank lindadaventry
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

The main difference to my previous visit was that the main café was open and there was a 30 minute video of the ship running continuously, detailing the history of the ship. Otherwise it was good to wander up and down the decks (very steep stairs).
Great place to take pictures of London from.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Mike F
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

HMS belfast was an interesting one for me which i really didn’t think it would be! My boyfriend is a huge boat fan so we was really going there for him. A free audio tour is available which you enter numbers at each sign- this was great and easy to use. It’s rather hot and stuffy inside the boat so i would advice carrying water with you. There is a lot of narrow and steep ladders which i personally am
not great with so if you do really struggle with that i probably wouldn’t recommend. The very top floor was closed due to work but there was more then enough to see! Throughout the HMS belfast there was many staff there to help and give extra information. Give yourself a good 2-3 hours to see everything

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank es1703
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