History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Historic WWII cruiser
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 anti-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.
About HMS Belfast
Address: The Queen's Walk, London, Greater London, England, SE1 2JH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Nearest underground station is London Bridge.
Website: HMS Belfast
Phone: +44 (0)207 940 6300
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: London Bridge - 0.2 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
All Hallows-by-the-Tower - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
Tower Bridge - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Tower of London - 0.3 miles (Castle)
Old Operating Theatre Museum - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Fashion and Textile Museum - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Southwark Cathedral - 0.3 miles (Cathedral)
St Olave, Hart Street - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
London Monument - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
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