HMS Belfast – a floating museum in The Thames

hms belfast 7Recently Papa Joe was asked if HMS Belfast,  the WWII Cruiser Museum Ship moored in The Thames, was a good place to take children. So of course he had to go on a reconnaissance to check it out!

With 9 decks to explore Papa Joe had a great time wandering around the ship.

However HMS Belfast was built as a fighting ship and Papa Joe said that the steep ladders and narrow passageways may make some areas of the ship hard to explore if you have young children (or unfit grandparents).

The Deck, the Quarterdeck, Boat Deck and Walrus Café are accessible for buggies and wheelchairs. So you will still be able to see the main living areas for the crew including the mess where sailors ate, the galley, the laundry, the sick bay and chapel.

The  ship is very atmospheric and the way displays have been created using mannikins make it easy to imagine how life was for sailors when the ship was in action during World War II (1939-45) and The Korean War (1950-1952). Papa Joe took advantage of the free audio guide which added a lot to the experience.

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Not having the munchkins in tow, Papa Joe was able to descend to the Engine Room deep in the bowels of the ship and to the Shell Rooms where you can see through hatches into the Magazines and Handling Rooms.

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Suitable for 8+ 

Where: Moored on The South Bank of The Thames, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2JH
Admission: Under 16 FREE  Admission charge for adults – concessions for Senior, Student, Disabled
Facilities: free hand held audio guide, 2 cafes
Website: HMS Belfast


Getting There The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2JH 
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