HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 and played a leading role in the Battle of North Cape and the Normandy landings. Visitors can experience nine decks of living history on this huge and complex warship which provides a unique insight into naval history
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In March 1955, the decision was made to modernise HMS Belfast for her final tour of duty. She was rebuilt with new anti-...
26/03/2020

In March 1955, the decision was made to modernise HMS Belfast for her final tour of duty.

She was rebuilt with new anti-aircraft weapons, masts and a fully enclosed bridge. Fitted with new equipment to protect her from nuclear, biological and chemical attacks, HMS Belfast was recommissioned at Devonport in May 1959.

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22/03/2020
Ron Yardley, Christmas Cake

‘My mother was probably the world’s best cook. And when I left home, she baked me a Christmas cake. And posted it in the first week of November…’

This Mother’s Day hear Ron Yardley, a Korean War veteran on HMS Belfast, talk about his mother’s Christmas cake delivery.

Can you guess how long it took to finally arrive?

In line with advice from Public Health England, IWM has taken the decision to close all of its sites in effect from the ...
17/03/2020

In line with advice from Public Health England, IWM has taken the decision to close all of its sites in effect from the end of today (Tuesday 17 March) until further notice.

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On 12 June 1944, 6 days after D-Day, Winston Churchill landed on Juno beach.A few days before the Normandy landings, Chu...
12/03/2020

On 12 June 1944, 6 days after D-Day, Winston Churchill landed on Juno beach.

A few days before the Normandy landings, Churchill informed the Admiralty that he wanted to witness the operation first-hand from the bridge of HMS Belfast. But King George VI called his bluff - if his Prime Minister was going, then he ought to go too. This was a risk that not even Churchill was prepared to take.

Explore the places where D-Day history was made. Become a member: http://ow.ly/3Q7O50yIMSz

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In March 1944, HMS Belfast took part in Operation Tungsten, the Allied attempt to sink the German battleship Tirpitz.Amo...
04/03/2020

In March 1944, HMS Belfast took part in Operation Tungsten, the Allied attempt to sink the German battleship Tirpitz.

Among a large fleet of cruisers and destroyers, HMS Belfast defended the aircraft carriers launching bombers and fighters from the Norwegian coast. The raid succeeded and Tirpitz was out of action for several months before being sunk in November 1944.

Visit HMS Belfast to find out more about her role in the Second World War: http://ow.ly/XnB850yAaUu

© IWM (A 21788): A Barracuda dive bomber flies over HMS Belfast during Operation Tungsten.

We were saddened to hear of the death of John Harrison, who served on board HMS Belfast in 1939.John was a Chief Petty O...
20/02/2020

We were saddened to hear of the death of John Harrison, who served on board HMS Belfast in 1939.

John was a Chief Petty Officer Ordnance Artificer and worked in A-Turret. Even though he was once almost swept overboard by a wave and was on board when the ship struck a magnetic mine in the Firth of Forth, he remembered the ship with affection.

"There’s something about some ships you love as soon as you go on," he said.

In later years, John played an important role in helping IWM tell the story of HMS Belfast – he shared his memories with museum staff and visitors, bringing the ship alive with his stories. He is one of the veterans featured in Serving the Seas, an exhibition on board that explores what it was like to live and work on the ship.

In March 2018, he led the veterans of HMS Belfast during the celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of the ship’s launch.

The Ensign and Union flags on board HMS Belfast will be flown at half-mast today in his honour.

20/02/2020

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From earning your Sea Legs to stepping back in time to D-Day, we’ve got a ship-load of activities to keep the whole fami...
15/02/2020

From earning your Sea Legs to stepping back in time to D-Day, we’ve got a ship-load of activities to keep the whole family entertained this half term. You can find out more on our website—see you on deck! http://bit.ly/2HlWyM7

As wedding venues go, a Royal Navy destroyer might be considered an unusual choice. Not so for these newyweds, Lieutenan...
14/02/2020

As wedding venues go, a Royal Navy destroyer might be considered an unusual choice. Not so for these newyweds, Lieutenant John F McGill and Wren Eileen S R Jackson, who married aboard HMS Wessex in July 1944.

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12/02/2020
Voices of War #Victory75

What did victory really mean?

To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, we’re going to find out by bringing some of the UK’s busiest spaces to a standstill with voices of the past.

From our rich sound archive, we’re broadcasting the first-hand memories of those who witnessed VE Day, VJ Day and the dropping of the atomic bombs, to hear the personal responses to the end of the most devastating conflict in modern global history.

In addition to IWM sites, we’re calling on public venues and organisations to broadcast these important voices too. You can register your interest and find out more about our #Victory75 programme here: http://bit.ly/39Cdvyj

From 14-17 January, HMS Belfast maintenance work will result in the closure of the Beef Screen, Potato Store, Bakery and...
10/01/2020

From 14-17 January, HMS Belfast maintenance work will result in the closure of the Beef Screen, Potato Store, Bakery and Post-war Mess Deck, and will restrict access for wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility to areas of 2-deck.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused - please see our Accessibility page for further details: http://bit.ly/36K3yxK

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24/12/2019
Ron Yardley's Christmas Cake

Ron Yardley was 18 years old in 1950 and serving on HMS Belfast during the festive season. His parents carefully dispatched a Christmas cake to their son... but it would be a while before he could tuck into the sweet treat!

10/11/2019

Today is Remembrance Sunday, when those who have died in conflict are remembered across the nation.

Leading Seaman Torpedoman Ted Cordery was on board HMS Belfast on D-Day. The ship supported the landings and cared for the wounded who were brought on board for medical treatment. Ted has never forgotten what he saw that day and the lives that were lost.

On Remembrance Sunday, entry to HMS Belfast is free for serving armed personnel. Tickets available at admissions desk. T...
08/11/2019

On Remembrance Sunday, entry to HMS Belfast is free for serving armed personnel. Tickets available at admissions desk. There is no requirement to wear uniform—but please bring valid proof.
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HMS Belfast will be temporarily closed during our Remembrance Service on Sunday 10 November. We'll be welcoming all visi...
06/11/2019

HMS Belfast will be temporarily closed during our Remembrance Service on Sunday 10 November. We'll be welcoming all visitors back from at 11.40am.

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Congratulations to HMS Belfast veteran and IWM volunteer Bernie Bristoll for being named 'Older Volunteer of the Year' a...
01/11/2019

Congratulations to HMS Belfast veteran and IWM volunteer Bernie Bristoll for being named 'Older Volunteer of the Year' at the Southwark Stars awards!

Bernie served as telegraphist aboard HMS Belfast in the 1960s and still visits the ship to meet visitors, sharing stories of his life and duties on board.

This photo shows him when he came on board in June as IWM marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Bernie was there to share the story of his brother, Arthur Reginald Bristoll. Arthur was in the 23rd Hussars and killed in action during ‘Operation Epsom’ on 27 June, 1944, part of the continuing effort to liberate France that followed the D-Day landings.

Holding a photo and wearing his medals in remembrance, Bernie said: “Being here on the Belfast is a way for me to honour my brother.”

HMS Belfast
01/11/2019

HMS Belfast

In 2020, IWM will mark the 75th anniversaries of Victory in Europe Day, Victory over Japan Day and the dropping of the a...
25/10/2019

In 2020, IWM will mark the 75th anniversaries of Victory in Europe Day, Victory over Japan Day and the dropping of the atomic bomb with Victory 75, retelling the story of the end of the Second World War and the global aftermath in the months that followed.

From 8 May until 15 August 2020, Victory 75 will reflect on a time of both celebration and trepidation in the summer of 1945 and interpret these key anniversaries in a unique and unprecedented way for a contemporary audience.

Find out more about Victory 75 and IWM’s plans for 2020 http://ow.ly/4ZDP50wSTJF.

© IWM (EA 65799). Two British sailors and their girlfriends wading in the fountains in Trafalgar Square on VE Day.

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Only three days left to join our free Family Mission this half term. You’ll learn more about HMS Belfast during the D-Da...
23/10/2019

Only three days left to join our free Family Mission this half term. You’ll learn more about HMS Belfast during the D-Day landings as you find hidden message, predict the weather and even crack Morse code! Book tickets and come on board! http://bit.ly/2VNrmft

Meet veterans and eyewitnesses on board HMS Belfast this Wednesday. Hear first-hand stories of conflict from those who w...
21/10/2019

Meet veterans and eyewitnesses on board HMS Belfast this Wednesday. Hear first-hand stories of conflict from those who were there as you explore all nine decks. http://bit.ly/31psKpP

Ship Shape Saturday’s are back this half term! Join us on board on tomorrow, or on 26 October, and learn how we keep HMS...
18/10/2019

Ship Shape Saturday’s are back this half term! Join us on board on tomorrow, or on 26 October, and learn how we keep HMS Belfast shining, before putting your new skills to the test. http://bit.ly/2BhpP80

What are your plans for Half Term? We’ve plenty of things to do on board HMS Belfast over the break. Whether you’re join...
16/10/2019

What are your plans for Half Term? We’ve plenty of things to do on board HMS Belfast over the break. Whether you’re joining our D-Day Family Mission or hearing first hand stories from veterans who served on board, come on board and bring history to life! http://bit.ly/33xVYEj

18/09/2019

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We know you love HMS Belfast, but have you experienced a Duxford Air Show?

We’ve 20 Spitfires confirmed at Imperial War Museums’ Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show this weekend, 21 & 22 September. We can’t begin to describe the sights, the sounds, the feeling.

Treat the family to an unforgettable day out and make memories together. Travel by train to Cambridge or Royston and take the shuttle bus, free for tickets holders and a short hop to the show!

Tickets only available in advance, book now: http://bit.ly/2AqnOpt

HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 – in September 1939, she was a ship at war.Discover the story of HMS Belfast’s Second W...
03/09/2019

HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 – in September 1939, she was a ship at war.

Discover the story of HMS Belfast’s Second World War – from the magnetic mine that severely damaged her to the important role she played at the Battle of North Cape and on D-Day: https://www.iwm.org.uk/wewerethebelfast

#GBBO is back tonight, which got us thinking about the HMS Belfast cake that series 8 winner @SophieFaldo baked for us t...
27/08/2019

#GBBO is back tonight, which got us thinking about the HMS Belfast cake that series 8 winner @SophieFaldo baked for us to celebrate the ship's 80th birthday back in 2018. Have you ever baked an IWM-inspired cake?

We’ve a whole host of family activities on board HMS Belfast this summer. Get hands on with our Ship Shape sessions, hea...
18/08/2019

We’ve a whole host of family activities on board HMS Belfast this summer. Get hands on with our Ship Shape sessions, hear personal stories of conflict from veterans, or grab one of our custom made D-Day backpacks and learn about the most significant naval invasion in history. Book your family ticket today. http://ow.ly/X7j350vrHL5

Planning a visit to HMS Belfast? Take your best selfie on board during your visit, post it on Facebook or Instagram, tag...
16/08/2019

Planning a visit to HMS Belfast? Take your best selfie on board during your visit, post it on Facebook or Instagram, tag us and include the hashtag #HMSBselfie for a chance to win a return visit for 4, a Fuji Instax mini and a HMS Belfast hamper of goodies.

Post your entries by 11.59pm on 1 Sep. Good luck! (UK residents only) More info and T&Cs here: http://bit.ly/2z0F7g2

Looking for something different over the Summer Holidays? Head to the Thames and join one our family activities on board...
16/08/2019

Looking for something different over the Summer Holidays? Head to the Thames and join one our family activities on board HMS Belfast. Our family backpack mission is running throughout summer. Grab a Kit Bag and join an interactive storytelling experience based on real-life accounts of the D-Day landings. http://ow.ly/FO3F50vrHzI

Tomorrow you can meet veterans and eyewitness on board HMS Belfast. Hear stories of conflict from those who experienced ...
13/08/2019

Tomorrow you can meet veterans and eyewitness on board HMS Belfast. Hear stories of conflict from those who experienced it as you explore all nine decks of a London landmark. http://ow.ly/xkcH50vrHqR

All hands on deck! It’s Ship Shape Saturday on HMS Belfast. Come on board and join our sessions at 11am or 2pm, every Sa...
10/08/2019

All hands on deck! It’s Ship Shape Saturday on HMS Belfast. Come on board and join our sessions at 11am or 2pm, every Saturday during the summer holidays. http://ow.ly/C13T50vrHkD

Families! Come on board and choose your rank. We’ve a limited number of Ship Stickers to give away to any families that ...
08/08/2019

Families! Come on board and choose your rank. We’ve a limited number of Ship Stickers to give away to any families that come on board. Choose from a range of stickers based on some of the roles on HMS Belfast during the Second World War. http://ow.ly/cKHv50vrGWQ

How does HMS Belfast stay shining in her 81st year? Come on board every Saturday of the summer holidays and learn from o...
27/07/2019

How does HMS Belfast stay shining in her 81st year? Come on board every Saturday of the summer holidays and learn from one of our expert conservators how to keep the largest object in IWM’s collection in ship shape.
http://ow.ly/PYvA50v5T8V

Calling all recruits! Grab your kit bag and head on board. Starting today, the whole family can take part in our D-Day t...
26/07/2019

Calling all recruits! Grab your kit bag and head on board. Starting today, the whole family can take part in our D-Day themed Family Mission. Find hidden messages, predict the weather and crack Morse code, all the while learning about the biggest invasion in history on board one of the ships who led the line on 6 June 1944.

http://ow.ly/Teuu50v5SMG

23/07/2019

Tomorrow is the first ‘We Were There’ of the summer. Come on board and meet veterans and eyewitness who bring history to life with their first hand stories of conflict. http://ow.ly/VKvu50v5RtK

19/07/2019

Looking to keep the kids entertained this summer? Check out our list of things to do on board. http://ow.ly/lRjB50v5R7N

Launched on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 1938, HMS Belfast went on to become one of Britain's longest serving warships.Fro...
18/07/2019

Launched on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 1938, HMS Belfast went on to become one of Britain's longest serving warships.

From the Second World War to Korea, HMS Belfast played its part in some of the 20th century's key events, and served well throughout 24 years of active service.

One of only three remaining vessels from the bombardment fleet which supported the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, find out more about HMS Belfast's great history: http://ow.ly/2qe850v4DfO

From being evacuated during the Second World War, to living through the Korean and Falklands Wars, veterans have many ta...
10/07/2019

From being evacuated during the Second World War, to living through the Korean and Falklands Wars, veterans have many tales to tell and histories to share.

Starting on 24 July, we're hosting We Were There: Meet Veterans and Eyewitnesses mornings, every Wednesday throughout August.

Held aboard the HMS Belfast, these family-friendly sessions offer an insight into conflict that you won’t find in the history books from those who witnessed it first-hand. Plan your visit: http://ow.ly/Kbx750uXeh3

HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 - she's been involved in significant battles, represented Britain around the world and ...
06/07/2019

HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 - she's been involved in significant battles, represented Britain around the world and and has been a floating museum since 1971. Explore the history of this special ship and the men who served on board in our HMS Belfast interactive, HMS Belfast at 80: http://ow.ly/LW7a50uTYIK

29/06/2019

Today we are offering free admission for our Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. #ArmedForcesDay

Bernie Bristoll served as telegraphist aboard HMS Belfast in the 1960s and still visits the ship to meet visitors, shari...
27/06/2019

Bernie Bristoll served as telegraphist aboard HMS Belfast in the 1960s and still visits the ship to meet visitors, sharing stories of his life and duties on board.

As IWM marks the anniversary of the D-Day landings and the battle to liberate France, Bernie came back to HMS Belfast to honour his brother, Arthur Reginald Bristoll. Arthur was in the 23rd Hussars and killed in action during ‘Operation Epsom’ on 27 June, 1944, part of the continuing effort to liberate France that followed the D-Day landings.

Holding a photo and wearing his medals in remembrance, Bernie said: “Being here on the Belfast is a way for me to honour my brother.”

Step on board HMS Belfast to explore the powerful stories of the men who served on board and discover the role the ship played on D-Day and during the weeks that followed.

Find out more about 'Operation Epsom': https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/tactics-and-the-cost-of-victory-in-normandy

IWM are excited to announce a new fiction series, #WartimeClassics, launching this September to mark the 80th anniversar...
26/06/2019

IWM are excited to announce a new fiction series, #WartimeClassics, launching this September to mark the 80th anniversary of the Second World War. Four classic novels from our archives are being brought back into print in beautiful new editions. Find out more and pre-order: http://ow.ly/a2IF50uMh45

Our Spitfire is at London Bridge station this weekend - but hurry, this is your last chance to see it!! Don't forget to ...
08/06/2019

Our Spitfire is at London Bridge station this weekend - but hurry, this is your last chance to see it!!

Don't forget to see our digital exhibition at the station, featuring the memories of D-Day veterans who witnessed events unfold. One of the men featured is Ted Cordery, who was on board HMS Belfast on D-Day.

Find out more about HMS Belfast's role on D-Day and hear the stories of the ship's company in our D-Day75 interactive https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/dday/

Address

The Queen's Walk
London
SE1 2JH

Mainline Railway - London Bridge Station. Underground - Northern Line (City Branch) or Jubilee Line to London Bridge; District and Circles Lines to Monument and Tower Hill Bus - Any bus to London Bridge

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Telephone

+442074165000

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Loved Touring HMS Belfast on Monday, even if I did get locked up.
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I have a question from across the pond.....I really enjoyed visiting the HMS Belfast many years ago and surprised by accessing the 6inch turret from the bottom rear opening.......just wondering if the bottom rear of the turret was originally opened to the elements. or was it done after it became a museum?
25/10/2019
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Hi I have a Question could HMS Belfast be able to move under her own power question wanted to ask since I visited when I was little please
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A fabulous day at HMS Belfast...shame we ended up in the cell! #hmsbelfast
Lovely day yesterday and my favourite photo ! #HMSBelfast
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