HMS Caroline
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Much of HMS Caroline has undergone extensive restoration to her 1916 appearance from the Battle of Jutland. Visitors can discover a wide range of historic spaces, including the Captain's Cabin, Royal Marines Mess, and Seamen's Wash as well as the very important engine room, sick-bay and galley kitchen. During their visit, visitors will discover the importance of the Battle of Jutland, learning what life at sea was like the over three hundred crew who served on board HMS Caroline during 1916. Visit the Torpedo School and explore the role of naval weaponry; peruse the Virtual Access Suite a contemporary, comfortable space where all visitors can explore the ship; Grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink in the Mess Deck Cafe, and finally visit the Gift Shop, to bring home a reminder of your visit to HMS Caroline.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Joanna M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    What a treat! A really interesting visit. The audio guide was just right with facts and anecdotes and the video history of the battle of Jutland was an eye opener. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the on board cafe was a welcome break. I'd definitely recommend a visit and I'd love to go back.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Ricky
    Belfast, United Kingdom2 contributions
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    Visited with my son who has an interest in history and found the Caroline to be inspiring and thought provoking.
    Easy booking of tickets and guide book online. The staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The pre ship information display was very informative and easily followed. The audio story was superb, both interesting from the naval point of view and very personal in relation to the crew. An excellent experience and well worth the fee. The ticket is a yearly access one so I’ll definitely be back for another 2 hour, 15 mins of immersion in the Battle of Jutland. Don’t miss the Engine room for a truly sensory experience of sound, smell and vibration.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Jeremy D
    Bingley, United Kingdom38 contributions
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    Absolutely fantastic: a unique ship and presented very well.
    I have visited many historic ships in several countries, and I thought HMS Caroline was absolutely fantastic! It definitely exceeded my expectations. I spent at least two hours visiting the ship. The initial Jutland experience audio-visual presentation was amazing: with the sounds and visuals, it really made me feel something of what the battle must have been like. Then touring the ship with the aid of an audio guide was really interesting, learning about the men who crewed their ship. I previously thought that with only twenty-odd years between HMS Caroline and HMS Belfast, and both being light cruisers, then the technology would have been pretty similar. But Caroline definitely looked at least a generation more primitive in technology, for instance the steam turbines looked like victorian engineering, in contrast with HMS Belfast's, which definitely look 20th century. So if you've visited HMS Belfast in London, then you really need to travel to Belfast to see HMS Caroline. Caroline is the "missing link" between HMS Warrior and HMS Belfast. The standard of presentation was very high throughout. There is a cafe in one of the mess decks, so you can have refreshment on the way round. The only thing that disappointed me was that it would have been better if more people were visiting. There weren't many visitors, in contrast with the (also fantastic) Titanic experience nearby. People really need to visit the ship to learn about the naval side of the First World War. So if you're interested in naval history or historic ships, then I would say that HMS Caroline is not to be missed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • John and Kathy W
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massively impressed
    Remember seeing the tired old hulk over the years - visited yesterday and what a transformation !!! A warm welcome at reception, followed by a meaningful introduction before going on board. The audio tour was precise and to the point, the restoration work is sympathetic, but evidence of the ships chequered past is everywhere evident. Whilst this exhibit sits in the shadow of Titanic, it’s a real not to be missed experience !!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Anne G
    2 contributions
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    A total gem
    We happened upon HMS Caroline by lucky accident when on a trip to the Titanic Quarter - it is at the top end of an excellent walking trail which takes you from the city centre through the old shipbuilding area. HMS Caroline itself is a light cruiser and the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland. We bought our tickets from the lovely Chris in the beautiful brick building opposite the ship where the tour starts. Excellent interpretation throughout, interactive displays and a film about the Battle of Jutland in the old drill hall. The ship captured my 14yo’s imagination in a way that the Titanic Experience which followed failed to do (it was described as a shopping centre…). Would thoroughly recommend a visit, the Royal Navy Museums are the best - and your ticket gives you entry for an entire year.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • AoifeMT
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Ship/tour
    I went here with my 11 year old son and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an excellent self guided tour where you are given a hand held device that you point to information spots and it then tells you about that area of the ship. The ship has been brilliantly restored and the tour is very informative. There is also a little coffee shop with the ship. In a strange way I felt quite honoured to be sitting there having something to eat, where the crew would have eaten over 100 years ago. I would most certainly recommend the tour. I don't think it is as well advertised as say the Titanic museum or the W5 but is most definitely worth a visit and is literally a 10 minute walk from the Titanic museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • colin r
    Belfast, United Kingdom64 contributions
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    A true gem for Belfast hidden in shadow of Titanic
    We didn't know what to expect as I didn't really know much about the ship, but we were both blown away by the tour as a whole. Loads to see and do and great to listen to the stories that are part of the audio tour. Special mention to all the staff we met as all were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We thought we would be in and out in 30 mins, ended up spending nearly 2 hours!! Worth the dander up from Titanic for a look.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • theis
    Belfast, United Kingdom915 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem in Belfast shipyards
    First encountered HMS Caroline while walking during first COVID lockdown. Planned to visit once it had reopened. Booked tickets online, which was easy and arrived at office to check-in. The tour includes a self directed audio tour. I’ve had mixed experiences with these sort of things in the past so wasn’t sure what to expect. The device only works on the ship as the helpful person on the arrival desk explained. You move the device towards one of the indicators on the ship and the commentary begins after an audible beep. The information was interesting, not too long, and a mix of technical facts and personal experiences. The initial presentation on the Battle of Jutland was impressive and immersive, being projected across the whole wall of the room. Lots of information was also displayed on signs throughout the ship, with an excellent and engaging amount of interactive displays. It was interesting to see the story of the ship from planning and construction to service, decommissioning, the chance request that saved her from the breaker’s yard, and eventual restoration to her current role as a Royal Navy Museum vessel. Alongside this was information about her crew from the Great War. The whole exhibition gave one a glimpse into the experience of living onboard such a ship during wartime. There is an excellent café onboard serving sandwiches, snacks, tray-bakes, scones, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The gift shop at the end of the tour also had a lot of interesting items. You could easily spend a whole day onboard working your way through all of the items. Allow at least 3 hours for your visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Hornblower17
    Manchester, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit.
    Had a chat with the lad on the desk about our shared love of naval history and then it was off through a small exhibit and then onto the ship. I was pleasantly surprised how much of the ship you can explore including captains cabin and day room, wardroom and officers quarters aswell as the Engine rooms, wheelhouse and decks. I thought the short film about the battle of Jutland was well made and serves as a good introduction to the battle and the ship. You’re provided with a handheld speaker set which through it you can learn more about different parts of the ship. Also on board is a cafe and gift shop. Overall I really enjoyed my visit and was glad to found out about it, (I enjoyed this more than the titanic museum)the ticket is valid for a year which I think it a great idea.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • IDRATING
    Belfast, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if in Belfast
    Great unescorted tour with excellent audio. V interesting, from Battle of Jutland in 1916 (Caroline being the only ship surviving today) to role in Battle of Atlantic in 2nd World War. Plenty of personal info about crew during those periods, as well as nicely presented info on communications, torpedo technology and many other naval topics. Good for all ages. Staff extremely friendly and helpful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 28, 2023
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Luciano242
Edinburgh, UK492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We really enjoyed seeing HM Caroline. Ed was really good doing the tour, interacted very well with everyone, and made the experience very enjoyable with great information about the ship.
We managed to see most part of the ship, but there are other parts, unfortunately, out of bounds. The history is amazing, especially the battle of Jutland. The HMS Caroline is well kept considering she was launched in 1914. A must see when visiting Belfast
Written April 13, 2024
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Reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we continue to provide high-quality care! We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to welcome you again in the future, thanks again! ^SF
Written April 15, 2024
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Uisge1982
Cloughmills, UK704 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
Took a day trip with the family. Wasn't too busy so was able to walk around and explore at our own pace. Staff were friendly and the place was clean and tidy. Just about got the weather to sit outside after for the kids to have a wee picknick. The café was closed but wasn't too bothered. The handset tour was quite good, easy to use and give short enough snippets to take in whilst looking after children. Free parking is available right beside too.
Written April 2, 2024
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Hi there, We are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Our team strives to deliver an excellent experience, and are glad you found this to be the case during your visit. If you have further needs or questions, please reach out! ^NH
Written April 3, 2024
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Karen H
Northern Ireland, UK38 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Had been meaning to visit HMS Caroline for a while and took a chance on a Sunday morning. Please do check their website as we hadn’t booked but were lucky to arrive just as a guided tour was about to begin with space available. You can park right up beside the ship but then have to go to the other side over a footbridge to start the tour. (Opposite Titanic distillery)
Our guide was informative and enthusiastic and able to answer most random questions. Tour itself takes about 90 minutes. They do have toilets, a gift shop and the chance to buy a coffee and small snack. Your ticket is valid for a year but not sure how that works with booking system.
It really is a most interesting tour though I was especially interested as my uncle had been on it when in use as a training vessel and both he and my grandfather had written books about her, though sad to see these are not stocked in the gift shop. Luckily I have my copies!
Written March 24, 2024
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Hello there! We are so happy to read such a great review about your recent visit with us! Our team strives to deliver an excellent experience, and are glad you found this to be the case during your visit. If you have further needs or questions, please reach out! ^NH
Written March 25, 2024
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Hugh O
County Down, UK5 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Loved this tour. Ed took us around and was very knowledgeable, welcoming and funny too. The 90 min tour flew by as we learned about the conditions on board. Ticket is valid for a year too for unlimited visits. Stopped off in the Titanic hotel, Drawing room two restaurant afterwards, for some excellent reasonably priced food.
Written March 21, 2024
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Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're happy we could meet your expectations! If you're ever in need of more help, please let us know! ^NH
Written March 22, 2024
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK5,280 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Friends
This ship is the only remaining ship from the battle of Jutland during WW1 & is testimony to the quality of workmanship being built in 1914 & brought to its final resting place in 2011, so sleek looking at the front looks like a blade (not very technical lol), well worth a wander around even if it’s only outside (not open every day).
Written March 20, 2024
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Hi there! We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us! We're glad to hear we delivered such a great experience. If there's anything further we can do for you, we are happy to help! ^NH
Written March 22, 2024
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada5,100 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Couples
Our visit to HMS Caroline in Belfast was an fun journey into naval history. As the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in World War I, HMS Caroline holds a special place in maritime heritage in the UK.

The ship's well-preserved interiors, including the mess decks, engine rooms, and captain's quarters, provided a fascinating glimpse into life at sea during the early 20th century.

Learning about HMS Caroline's illustrious history, including its pivotal role in the Battle of Jutland, was both educational and deeply moving. The interactive exhibits and informative displays brought to life the bravery and sacrifice of the sailors who served aboard this remarkable ship.

One of the highlights of our visit was exploring the various decks and compartments, from the gun turrets to the sick bay, and imagining the bustling activity that once filled the vessel during wartime.

As we wandered through the corridors and listened to the stories of HMS Caroline's crew, we gained a newfound appreciation for the courage and resilience of those who served in the Royal Navy.
Written March 13, 2024
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Hello there! Reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we continue to provide high-quality care. We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you, and have a fantastic day! ^NH
Written March 15, 2024
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SJ S
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Feb 2024 • Family
We had a great visit this morning. The staff were so lovely and helpful. Thank you so much for a great and informative tour we really enjoyed it.
Written February 4, 2024
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Your wonderful feedback and rating mean a lot to us. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to welcome you again soon. ^SF
Written February 5, 2024
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BishkekerUK
Bournemouth, UK109 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Couples
Very informative tour led by Ed- we felt this was just the right length of time and in sufficient (but not overwhelming) detail to get a feel for what life was like aboard. He was very engaging and responsive to questions, and we got to see many areas of the ship. All in all, a great way to spend some time while in Belfast and well worth the money.
Written January 29, 2024
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Thank you for sharing your positive experience! Your wonderful feedback and rating mean a lot to us. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if there's anything more we can do and we hope to welcome you again in the future. ^SF
Written January 30, 2024
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rtdood
Manchester, UK225 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Solo
An excellent visit and well worth the money! Arrived for the morning for the guided tour on a Sunday morning. Chap on the desk was lovely and welcoming and said I could start on the guided tour after I had seen the introductory video in the next room, which was about the Battle of Jutland featuring the ship. Excellent graphics with brilliant sound and video quality, really was immersive. Following this I was led round the rest of the ship by a knowledgeable chap called Chris (I think that was his name!).

We visited the officers and crew quarters, deck of the stern, communications room, and even the engine room, which included surround sound of what it was like to be down in such a room - very loud! Chris encouraged questions and explained life on board the ship and how different areas changed over time. There was also a café and a small shop which he kindly offered to open up for me before his next tour. Really enjoyable experience all round. Interactives were present in one of the rooms also!

As it was winter we weren't able to visit the bridge due to safety reasons which I totally understand. It's clear a lot of effort has been put into making parts of the ship as accessible as possible which is wonderful, usually this isn't the case on many museum ships or obvious reasons but somehow they made it work for most areas! Be aware though there are some areas which are quite tight to walk through due to overhead beams, bulkhead doors etc but hopefully you will expect that anyway when visiting.

Would love to visit again for such a unique experience.

In terms of locality, this is at the very end of the Maritime mile, about a 10 minute walk north from the Titanic museum. There are some small signs directing you over to its location, although there could be a few more further south at the beginning of the mile and round the Titanic quarter. If in doubt, there is a really good cheap bus (G2) service which takes you right near its location from the city centre - a 15 minute journey.
Written January 20, 2024
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit! Reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we continue to provide high-quality care. Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day! ^SF
Written January 22, 2024
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK8,549 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Solo
Visited on Thursday 07th September 2023 having arrived from our overnight cruise I got a free shuttle bus into Belfast City Centre and then walked through the Maritime Mile to the second oldest commissioned ship in the Royal Navy and sole survivor from the Battle of Jutland, British Light Cruiser HMS Caroline. The entry cost of £11 was great value, and the welcome by the reception desk was very appreciated. I purchased the guidebook too which was also very reasonable. The self-guided tour included audio descriptions triggered from fixed points both on the ship and in the room which detail the ship's history. Once on the ship there is an initial stunning film which depicts some of the scenes from the Battle of Jutland and the timeline from the engagement. Each section includes fascinating insights into the lives of those who served and an engine section AV presentation that is quite intimidating but brilliantly shows how uncomfortable it must of been to work in such conditions. There is a cafe on board which I didn't make use of but looked decent enough. I can't recommend a visit more.
Written January 19, 2024
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We strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience with us. We sincerely thank you for the positive review, and look forward to seeing you again soon! ^SF
Written January 22, 2024
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