A panorama taken of the HMS Belfast on the banks of the River Thames in London. The panorama shows not only this historic war ship, but also the view along the Thames. The panorama was taken near to the Hayes Gallery on a sunny day.
HMS Belfast - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'HMS Belfast' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
The HMS Belfast is a Town Class cruiser from WWII, moored as a floating museum on the River Thames in the heart of London between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Visitors are recommended to allow about 2 hours to visit this popular London attraction. Entrance to the HMS Belfast is free to holders of the London Pass, otherwise you must buy a ticket. There are a number of other London attractions in the area.
Built in 1938 for the British Navy, HMS Belfast was then the heaviest cruiser in the British fleet with a displacement of 11,553 tons. In 1939 it was damaged by a magnetic mine on leaving the Firth of Forth in Scotland and returned to service in 1942. The HMS Belfast provided cover for convoys in the North Atlantic and was involved in the Battle of the North Cape, along with her sister ship the HMS Duke of York against the German Gneisenau class battlecruiser Scharnhorst. 1944 saw the HMS Belfast involved in action against the HMS Belfast later entered the Asian arena, with the aim of aiding the eviction of the Japanese from Malaya. This turned into a relief operation as the Japanese surrendered before her arrival. It is reported that a U-boat commander came upon the HMS Belfast unnoticed towards the end of the war but decided not to sink her. After the WWII she saw active service in the Korean War, and finally returned to the UK in 1963. Former HMS Belfast Captain Rear Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles successfully petitioned for her to become a museum ship, and she was opened to the public on Trafalgar Day in 1971.
As well as the guided tour and museum exhibition, the HMS Belfast is also the location of a number of one-off special events and activities. Other London attractions nearby covered by London Pass include The Monument (to the Fire of London), Winston Churchill's Britain at War, Vinopolis, Southwark Cathedral, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Other nearby attractions include The London Dungeon, City Hall, Hay's Galleria (for shopping) and the Design Museum.
London SE1 2JH
Underground: London Bridge (Jubilee, Northern lines)
Boat: London Bridge City Pier
Rail: London Bridge