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HMS Belfast (Part of Imperial War Museum)

SE1 2JH London, Great Britain (UK)

Address The Queen's Walk
Floor area only roughly guessed: 5 574 m² / 60 000 ft²  
Museum typ Exhibition
Military ships and submarine
  • Radar
  • Amateur Radio / Military & Industry Radio

Opening times
1 March - 31 October: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (last admission 5.00 pm),
1 November - 28 February: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm (last admission 4.00 pm);
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Status from 09/2012
Adults £14.00; Child (under 16) Free; Concessions £11.20 (Senior, Student, Disabled)

Tel.:+44-207-940 63 00  Fax:+44-207-403 07 19  


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Location / Directions
N51.506606° W0.081367°N51°30.39636' W0°4.88202'N51°30'23.7816" W0°4'52.9212"

The nature of the ship makes access to some of the areas below decks impossible for wheelchair users. Some modifications have been made to provide a limited tour of the ship including the Quarterdeck, the Boat Deck and the Walrus Café. Large sections of ‘2 Deck’ are also accessible.

Description History of HMS Belfast (They have also a wireless-room)

The term 'cruiser' goes back to the days of sailing ships when large frigates could be detached from the main fleet to cruise independently.

The sailing cruiser, like her twentieth-century counterpart, was sufficiently powerful and fast to attack and destroy enemy commerce raiders. During the nineteenth century when sail gave way to steam and wooden ships were replaced by those built of iron, and later of steel, the cruiser evolved into a powerful warship which was used to patrol the Empire trade routes and protect friendly merchant shipping.

After the First World War (1914-1918) a single category of cruiser emerged whose size was indicated by the size of its guns; thus, HMS Belfast is a 6-inch cruiser, designed for the protection of trade, for offensive action, and as a powerful support for amphibious operations.

HMS Belfast could once be controlled from the Operations Room, the nerve centre and brain of the entire ship. Visitors can now imagine exactly what this would have been like as the Operations Room is updated with exciting interactives. The room boasts a new simulated radar which plots other ship's positions, based on the real-life Pony Express exercise of 1961 which involved 60 warships, 20,000 naval personnel and 6,000 US, British and Australian troops off North Borneo in the South China Sea.
Entry included in general admission price.

One of the most powerful large light cruisers ever built, HMS Belfast is now the only surviving vessel of her type to have seen active service during the Second World War.

Serving Britain for 32 years, she played an important role in both the Second World War and the Korean War as well as performing peacekeeping duties throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Saved from destruction in 1971, HMS Belfast is now part of the Imperial War Museum and is the first ship to be preserved for the nation since Nelson’s Victory.

Through its team of staff and volunteers – many of whom are veteran crew – the Imperial War Museum is dedicated to making sure that HMS Belfast still has a role to play in reminding visitors of her unique place in Britain’s maritime heritage.

The Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society restored the ship's Bridge Wireless Office to working order. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.