HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast
The HMS Belfast is a floating museum; a light cruiser warship, which saw service in both World War II and the Korean War. It was also involved in peacekeeping duties during the 1960s and 70s.
HMS Belfast is a Southampton class cruiser, built in 1936 at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast. It was commissioned into the Royal Navy on l5 August 1939.

The ship displaces 11,553 tons, is 613 feet 6 inches long, and has a top speed of 32 knots. It carries 12 6-inch guns, eight 4-inch guns, and twelve ant-aircraft guns.

Aside from convoy escorting duties in WWII, the Belfast took part in the operation that sunk the German Scharnhorst in 1943, the sinking of the battleship Tirpitz, and the D-Day landings.

The Belfast was slated to be destroyed in 1971, but it became the first vessel since Admiral Nelson's flagship Victory to be preserved for posterity. It now forms part of the Imperial War Museum's collection.

Younger visitors will enjoy trying on sailor uniforms and listening to historical audio-visual reconstructions of life on board.