HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast
The Queen's Walk
Greater London



General Information


General Information

020 7940 6300


020 7403 0719

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HMS Belfast was ordered by the Admiralty in 1936 and was built by Harland and Wolff at their dockyard in Belfast at a cost of just over £2 million. The vessel was launched by Mrs Neville Chamberlain, wife of the then Prime Minister, on St Patrick's Day, March 17 1938. HMS Belfast was commissioned into the Royal Navy on August 5 1939.

Now a branch of the Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast has been carefully preserved to reflect the different decades of her service and the campaigns that she served in, from the Arctic Convoys and D-Day to the Korean War and the beginning of the Cold War.

HMS Belfast played an important role during the Second World War. She played a key role in the sinking of the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst and opened fire on the D-Day beaches at 05.30am, 6 June 1944, supporting the landing of British and Canadian troops on Gold and Juno beaches. D-Day ultimately provided the turning point in the Second World War and led to victory in Europe.

HMS Belfast weighs an incredible 11,553 tons or almost 12 million kilos, and at over 613ft/187m long is the length of nineteen London buses parked end to end. With its nine decks of living history, HMS Belfast appeals to all ages and provides hours of interest, from the Captain's Bridge down to the boiler and engine rooms way below the ship's waterline beneath the surface of the Thames.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily
Monday 4 November to February 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)
March to October 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)

Admission charges

Admission Prices

Adults £15.50
Child (under 16) Free
Concessions (Senior, Student, Disabled) £12.40
IWM Friends Free

Additional info

For more information, please view the HMS Belfast website:

Collection details

Weapons and War, Maritime

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Illustrated Dazzle HMS Belfast

Dazzle Camouflage

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014

11am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm

How do you hide a ship at sea? Learn how dazzle camouflage was used to keep HMS Belfast from being discovered by other ships. Take part in an animation workshop and create your own camouflage.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Free with general admission


Girl participating in Cracking Codes

Cracking Codes

  • 15 — 16 November 2014

Can you decipher secret messages? Come and join in our family activity! Intercept messages, map hazards on our sea chart and even make up your own secret code.

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, you'll learn about the skills intelligence officers had to have as well as some of the dangers that surrounded HMS Belfast at sea during this important battle of the Second World War.

This activity is in association with Maths on Toast who make community events where maths is fun.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Free family activity included in general admission


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