HMS Belfast Tickets

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Opening hours

From March until October it is open from 10am until 6pm with the last entry at 5pm.

From November until February the ship is open from 10am until 5pm with the last entry at 4pm.

HMS Belfast is closed from 24th until the 26th of December.

How to get there

Underground and over ground train- the nearest over ground and underground train station is London Bridge Station, take the Tooley Street exit and walk through the Hays Galleria in the direction of the River Thames. The ship is moored at the Queens Walk between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

Bus- use stop J or H, they are served by routes 47, 343, 381, N199, N381 and RV1.

Ho- on hop-off bus- use the Big Bus Red route and get off at stop 16.

FAQ

How much do the tickets cost?
An adult ticket costs £16.35 up to £18, a child ticket costs £8.15 up to £9 while concessions tickets for students and seniors cost £13.05 up to £14.40. A family ticket costs from £28.15 up to £31. The higher price for each ticket includes a voluntary donation. The family ticket is for one adult and three children. If you buy your tickets online you make a saving of 10%. There are savings on a group ticket of ten or more people.
Is the ship wheelchair friendly?
The main deck is accessible but not below decks as there are very steep stairways and cramped spaces not suitable for wheelchair use.
Is there a time of entry stamped on the tickets?
No, the tickets are not timed, although they are only valid for the date on display on the ticket.
When is the best time of day to visit?
The best time to visit HMS Belfast is definitely in the morning as soon as it opens. There is rarely much of a queue when the attraction is opened at 10am and you will have a relatively quiet visit before the crowds arrive.
How long should I allow for a visit?
I would say about 3 hours, it can be done a lot quicker but to look into each section of the ship takes some time. It is a lot bigger inside than it looks and there is so much to see.
Is this tour suitable for a small child?
On the main deck it is ok but when you go below decks there are some very steep ladders and small hatches to navigate your way through. Some of the hatches are very small. Due to the difficulty in walking you will probably carry your child and that is not easy when going up and down steep ladders.
Are there any discounts for serving members of the armed forces?
No, sorry there are no discounts available for serving members of any of Britain’s armed forces.

Must Know

Audio Guide
The entry price includes the use of a free audio guide to give you information about HMS Belfast during your visit. The audio guide is available in English, French, German and Spanish.
Accessibility
The style of the ship makes access below decks impossible for wheelchair users and other with restricted mobility. There is a wheelchair lift from the gangway onto the quarterdeck. Wheelchairs are also available on loan. Accessible toilets are available at the front and rear of the ship.
Engine Room
There is a minimum height restriction of 4 feet for anyone wanting to visit the engine room. The only way into this area is via vertical ladders and very narrow walkways and it is not suitable for small children or anyone with restricted mobility for health and safety reasons.
Areas accessible for wheelchair users
Modifications have been made where possible to the main deck allowing some access for wheelchair users. This area was the main route for passage through the ship and housed the living quarters, the laundry, the chapel, the bakery, the galley and prep areas, the petty officers mess, the sick bay, dental surgery and the mess decks
HMS Belfast on D-Day
The ship is one of the three ships that remain of the bombardment fleet that gave support to the Normandy landings in June 1944. HMS Belfast supported troops landing onto Gold and Juno beaches. The ships role was to eliminate the German gun battery at La Marefontaine. The successful bombardment meant the German battery was unable to defend the beaches.
Not the first ship to open fire
Several veterans from the ship believe they were the first to open fire on the 6th of June. In the ships diary it is recorded that another ship opened fire at 0523 and the first salvo from HMS Belfast began at 0527.
An unexpected casualty
The vibrations felt through the ship when the guns were firing resulted in the crew’s toilets cracking.
Taking on the wounded
With a fully equipped sick bay the ship began receiving wounded soldiers at 1pm that afternoon. During the quieter periods of fighting the ship’s crew was sent ashore to assist in clearing the beaches. The ship remained in Normandy for 33 days supporting the landings and in that time fired more than 4000 6-inch shells and 1000 4-inch shells. The Normandy campaign was the final time that HMS Belfast fired her guns during the Second World War.

Places Nearby

Handel and Hendrix London
In the London area of Mayfair are the homes of two musical artists, Jimi Hendrix and his neighbour the composer Handel. Handel’s home is located up stairs over 250 years old where you will find his music rooms where his compositions were written, rehearsed and performed. Throughout the day you can hear musicians practicing on harpsichords adding a beautiful accompaniment to your visit. On the third floor is the 1960s style of Hendrix, in the room where he wrote his music and where he called home up to his death at the age of 27.
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
This museum opened in 2006 and is a state of the art tennis museum. Modern technology allows visitors to witness events of the 1980s through a commentary by John McEnroe and his first meeting with Jimmy Connors. The touch screen is available in 10 languages as you explore the history of the game and the tournament that is one of the highlights of the British summer.
Banqueting House
The only surviving building from Whitehall Palace, Banqueting House was completed in 1622. The palace itself was the sovereign’s residence from 1530 until it was destroyed by fire in 1698 and was the site of the execution of Charles I in 1649. Banqueting House was built for state occasions, plays and masques. It remains one of London’s finest banqueting venues and is used for royal and government events. On the ceiling is an incredible painting by Rubens as a celebration of the Stuart monarchs.