Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast - Kip on a ship School Trips
Imperial War Museum

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HMS Belfast is moored on the River Thames by Tower Bridge.

Kip in a Ship is a unique sleepover experience, adventurous crews arrive on the ship after it has closed to public and will stay in original sailor bunks blow the main deck. There is separate accommodation provided for girls and boys and two separate cabins which accommodate up to six adults.

During the day, visitors can explore all nine decks and discover the stories of those who lived and worked on board during the Second World War and beyond.

By night, groups can choose to take part in activities and a private tour of the Ship during the evening of their stay, or can choose instead, to leave the Ship and explore the quayside and central London.

A stay on board includes complimentary continental breakfast and a learning session the following morning.

school trip at Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast - Kip on a ship
Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast - Kip on a ship school groups

Why are Imperial War Museum great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

A stay on board includes a complimentary learning session the following morning. Groups can explore all nine decks and discover the stories of those who lived and worked on board during the Second World War and beyond.

In addition groups can add on an evening activity to their stay, which includes an informal learning session and a private tour of the Captain's Bridge and Compass platforms on board, after the ship has closed to the public.

Activities available during group visits

Evening Activities (optional)

Mess Deck Life: An opportunity to discover the realities of life on a warship which would be a sailor’s place of work for months at a time. ‘Kippers’ will be able to learn about some of the different jobs on board that helped to keep this floating town efficient and ship shape, in particular the role of the visual signallers. There will be a chance to learn semaphore before making your own mini flag pole on which raise a flag signal. HMS Belfast was also the sailors’ home and kippers will design their very own mess mug in which to enjoy a hot chocolate: one of a sailor’s favourite drinks on board! In between the activities groups will be guided through an exclusive tour of the ship’s superstructure with a chance to lookout over the London skyline at night.

What size groups do you cater for?

We can accommodate up to 52 children (26 boys and 26 girls for mixed-gender groups). Plus a maximum of six adults (at least one adult for every ten children) in two separate cabins.

The minimum party size you will be charged for is 20.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?


Is there first aid on site?

HMS Belfast has members of staff trained to provide basic first aid treatment, although first aid provision is ultimately the responsibility of the principal leader/teacher of the group.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

There is wheelchair access to the main deck of HMS Belfast but there is no access to the sleepover bunks and lower decks due to the nature of the ship. Please see here for more information;

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?


Anything else?

We will do our best to accommodate you, but because the mess decks can only be accessed down steep ladders Kip in a Ship is not suitable for anyone in a wheelchair. Before booking please contact us by email with details of the special needs so that we can understand your needs and discuss appropriate solutions.

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