HMS Belfast

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HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a nine-deck Roy­al Navy cruis­er, com­mis­sioned in 1939. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War it took part in the Bat­tle of the North Cape and in the Nor­mandy land­ings.

Since 1971 it has been moored on the Thames, adja­cent to Queen’s Walk near Tow­er Bridge, and is open to the pub­lic dai­ly (for a fee), except at Christ­mas. It is man­aged by the Impe­r­i­al War Muse­um and offers vis­i­tors the chance to “dis­cov­er the sto­ries of life on board this war­ship dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and beyond. Imag­ine sleep­ing in one of the tight­ly packed ham­mocks dur­ing duties in Arc­tic waters, or being sta­tioned deep in the bow­els of the ship when she opened fire in sup­port of Allied troops on D‑Day.” There’s an inter­ac­tive Oper­a­tions Room and a ‘Gun Tur­ret Expe­ri­ence’.

Pri­vate tours can be arranged and var­i­ous spe­cial events are held, includ­ing edu­ca­tion­al talks.

The guns in both the ship’s tur­rets are trained and ele­vat­ed onto the Lon­don Gate­way ser­vice sta­tion on the M1 motor­way, some 12½ miles (20 km) dis­tant.
HMS Belfast (contre-jour)