Day Out with the Kids: HMS Belfast Review, London

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Updated March 2023

February 2022

We visited the HMS Belfast when the kids were learning about WW2 and it was a great educational experience.

What’s there to see and do?

With nine decks to explore, there’s a lot to discover at HMS Belfast. It takes you back in time, with each room set up how it would have been. There are activities dotted around for the kids to do as part of a quest sheet, and you can use the audio guide to learn about what you’re looking at as you explore.

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Who is it suitable for?

To fully appreciate what they’re seeing, I think that the HMS Belfast is best suited to children age 7 and over. On top of this, there are lots of steps between the decks so it would be quite difficult to navigate with really young children.

 

How much is it? (And money saving tips!)

These are the ticket prices for 2023:

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If you’ve taken my advice, and the kids have got Blue Peter badges, you’ll be delighted to know that you can use them at the HMS Belfast to get the kids in for free. This makes the experience much better value for money as you’ll save £27 if you have two kids.

 

Is it good value for money?

Personally, I wouldn’t have wanted to pay £81 for our family of four to visit this attraction. It was a good experience but for the amount of time we spent there, and compared with other places like an adventure park where you can have a full day out for that amount of money, I think that would have been a bit steep. But, as we only paid for the adults it was much more reasonable and money well spent for what the kids gained from the experience.

If you haven’t yet got Blue Peter Badges, check out my article to send off for one today: How does my child get a Blue Peter Badge? Enjoy over 200 UK free days out!

 

What other facilities are there?

There are toilets and a restaurant on-board the ship, as well as further toilets and a gift shop on land which you pass through on your way to and from the museum.

In the gift shop, you can grab audio guides to take with you. An audio guide highlight tour of HMS Belfast provides insight into the historic ship.  Hear battle stories from the Second World War and beyond – the convoys in icy arctic conditions, the bombardment of German defences on D-Day and the 404 days spent patrolling waters during the Korean War.

Audio guides are included in your admission price and you can choose between a variety of languages. Simply enter the numbers that you can see as you move around the ship – a lot of the audio is done from the prospective of someone on the ship during the war.

Visitors aged under twelve are provided with a family audio guide.

 

Where is it?

HMS Belfast is moored on the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. It’s easily accessible via public transport, and only a short walk from the following London train stations:

  • London Bridge – 0.5 miles
  • Waterloo – 2 miles
  • Charing Cross – 2.3 miles
  • Victoria – 3.5 miles
  • Kings’ Cross – 3.5 miles
  • Euston – 3.5 miles

 

Useful information for your visit…

Website: https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

Facilities:  Restaurant, gift shop, toilets

Opening Times:  10am – 5pm daily

Address: The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2JH

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.

 

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And for lots of money-saving UK getaway and school holiday tips, you’ll want to read:

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    1. Hi Isobel, we’ve just done it on the day – it might depend on where you’re going so best to check but the places we’ve used them have just said to pay on the day, and then we’ve shown the badges at the same time.
      Nat x

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