SE1 2JH London, United Kingdom
tel: +44 20 7940 6300
fax: +44 20 7403 0719
NileGuide Expert tip:
It's not cheap but children (under 16) are allowed in for free, and will have great fun exploring all the nooks and crannies.
The 10,000 tons of floating steel you see moored opposite the Tower of London is the last surviving battleship of its type - it's classed as a "light cruiser"- to have seen active service during the Second World War. Today HMS Belfast is far and away the biggest boat on the Thames and it's the first warship to be preserved for the nation since HMS Victory (Nelson's flagship – now in Portsmouth). It was built between 1936 and 1938 and last saw action in Korea in 1950. At its peak it was home to almost a thousand sailors. Nowadays it's a lively museum which tells the story of conditions at sea, at war and peace.