HMS Caroline Learning and Engagement



Welcome to Learning Voyages, the engagement and learning programme for HMS Caroline. Here you will be able to find out about everything we offer to visiting schools and community groups. 

Why visit HMS Caroline?

  • Explore the last surviving ship of its class and type from WW1 in the World

  • Discover immersive experiences created through historic restoration and interpretation

  • Quality learning experiences supported by amazing objects, creative activities and interactives to engage and inspire your class


See below for more info on our KS2 and KS3 offering. KS2 teachers can also download our KS2 Learning Brochure.


Learning sessions at HMS Caroline

Self-guided Discovery Visits

Self-guided Discovery visits provide your class with the opportunity to explore the ship under your own direction. 


  • Jutland Experience

  • Historical spaces, which show what life was like on board

  • Engine Rooms with original Parsons Steam Turbines

  • Interactive areas exploring Dazzle Paint, Communications at Sea, Torpedoes and Virtual Access Suite

Self-Guided Discovery Visits KS2: Self-guided groups will be provided with an itinerary tailored to suit the needs of your group. You will also receive Discovery Visit Resources which pupils work in pairs to use as they move through the ship. The structure of these resources provides potential for extension activities back in the classroom. Large groups of 35 pupils or more will need to split in to two smaller groups to tour the ship.

Self-Guided Discovery Visits KS3: For KS3 pupils we currently offer our audio guides during a self-guided visit. The audio guide highlights the role of HMS Caroline in the Battle of Jutland and provides information on what life at sea would have been like during the First World War. 


Guided Discovery Visits

Guided Visits for KS2: A guided experience will provide you with a trained guide to help you navigate your way through the ship and bring to life the history and stories of HMS Caroline's crew. Guides will use enquiry-led approaches and handling objects to encourage pupils to engage, interpret and problem solve. Guided visits will also include use of our Discovery Resources which pupils will use in pairs. Larger groups of 35 pupils or more will need to split in to 2 smaller groups.  

Guided Visits for KS3: A guided visit for KS3 will provide assistance with navigation through the ship and will draw out aspects of HMS Caroline's role during the First World Wat, the crew's experience at the Battle of Jutland and what the ship was like at 'Action Stations'. Pupils will be able to compare life at sea to life in the trenches during the First World War. 



We currently offer two KS 2 workshops:

Kit Bag Stories: Explore handling objects from our collections, archival photographs and extracts from the letters and diaries of HMS Caroline’s Crew to find out more about a Sailor’s life at sea during the First World War.

Home and Away: This session encourages pupils to explore and examine life in Belfast compared with life at sea 100 years ago. Using a selection of handling objects and resources, pupils will compare living and working lives, clothing, food and pastimes. 


Duration: 1hour 15 minutes

Capacity: 30 pupils, split into 2 groups


Curriculum Links

These sessions, trails and downloadable resources are designed to support the NI Curriculum through fostering positive attitudes and dispositions and providing activities which develop pupils’ skills. The sessions seek to offer a range of activities that offer hands-on experiences and promote investigation and problem solving within a supportive and fun learning environment.

Areas of Learning:

  • World Around Us

  • PDMU 

  • STEM

  • The Arts (when the session involves any craft activity/ role play)

  • Language and Literacy

  • Environment and Society


  • Working with Others

  • Thinking Skills

  • Managing and Interpreting Information



For KS2 and KS3 SEN groups we offer an interactive session where pupils can explore life at sea through the senses. Topics covered can include: journeys, personal belonging, clothing, sleeping and eating. We advise all SEN teachers and coordinators contact us prior to booking. 

Duration: 45 minutes

Capacity: 10 pupils 


Learning Resources 

Pre-Visit Resources

We offer a selection of resources to prepare your pupils for visiting HMS Caroline. These resources are aimed at KS 2. 

Please email for more information. 

Resources for during your visit 

For KS2 guided and self-guided Discovery Visit we offer a set of trails for your pupils to use through the ship. These resources are comprised of a map with background information of the historic spaces on board, and a set of four trails, each led by a different member of the ship's crew. 

At the time of booking confirmation, you will receive examples of the Discovery Visit trails and information on the historic spaces, which the pupils will use in pairs when they are touring the ship. You will be provided with copies of the trails upon arrival. 

For groups of 35 pupils/participants or more (excluding accompanying adults), please split into two smaller groups (Group A and Group B). Group A and Group B will follow slightly different itineraries but all groups will get to see the same areas of HMS Caroline.  

Using the KS 2 Discovery Visit Trails 

  • There are 4 trails in total along with a guide to the historic spaces on board. Please have your pupils in pairs to use the trails.

  • Each pair will follow one of the 4 trails to gather information. This provides an extension opportunity back in the classroom for pupils to share the information they gathered. 

  • Upon arrival Teachers/Adults will also be provided with a map of HMS Caroline and their own copy of the guide to the historic spaces.


Post Visit Resources

A selection of resources for after your visit to HMS Caroline. These resources are aimed at KS2.

You can also use your completed Discovery Visit Resources to create posters or group presentations linking to the information uncovered in each of the four character trails your pupils will have used during their visit.


School and Youth Group Outreach

Our aim is to help as many children as possible benefit from access to the museum and its collections but we appreciate it is not always possible for schools to visit us.

To help: We can offer outreach workshops for HMS Caroline delivered by members of the learning team.


Maritime Travellers Outreach Session (suitable for KS 2)

This session aims to introduce the history of HMS Caroline, and experience of life on board the ship through a range of engaging, interactive and fun activities.  

No prior knowledge of HMS Caroline is needed and the activities are pitched to be accessible for all. Whole-class, paired and group activities will be used to foster pupils communication, creativity and working with others skills in the context of a supportive learning environment. 

 The session supports the curriculum areas of:

  • World Around Us (geography and science)

  • Using Mathematics and Numeracy

  • Language and Literacy

Activities can include using inflatable globes to plot a journey, cracking codes and deciphering messages, identifying materials used on the ship, weighing a sailor’s ration, and trying out semaphore.

  • Session duration: 60 minutes but can be tailored to your requirements. 

  • Maximum number of pupils: 1 class (approx. 30 pupils)


Youth Groups and After School Clubs

We can deliver a range of themed creative outreach workshops inspired by HMS Caroline’s story for your youth group in their usual meeting place. Workshops are bespoke and tailored to numbers, age range, interests and needs- costs vary. 

Outreach sessions have limited availability and so must be booked well in advance. For all enquiries and booking please contact the Learning and Engagement Team on


FAQ for Teachers

There are 10 key things you need to know about when planning your visit:


Our Learning Team can give you all the advice you need: or 028 90 454484. 

It is advised that you contact to discuss visiting, workshop options and access requirements in detail. We’re also happy to help coordinate a recce visit free of charge for teachers.


All visits must be booked in advance.  HMS Caroline operates timed entry and you will be required to choose a time slot for your visit. Once you have discussed your options and requirements with our Learning Team, our Sales Team will process your booking. Please contact them on 023 92 839766 when you are ready to book. 


We recommend that you make a FREE preliminary visit to the museum to help plan your day and complete your Risk Assessments. Guidelines are available but can only be used to support your Risk Assessment, not as an alternative to it.

Please contact us in advance if you would like to meet a member of the Learning and Engagement Team to discuss your visit. On the day of your Preliminary Visit bring identification from your school or your booking confirmation.


We offer a range of different activities for different age groups and levels. Find out more about our offer in the Learning Sessions Section. Prices include pre-visit, during and follow-up visit resources.

KS 2 Discovery VIsit (self-guided, resource sheets) -   £3.50/pupil

KS 2 Guided Discovery Visit (1 guide per 35 pupils) -     £4/pupil

KS 3 Discovery Visit (self-guided, audio tour) -     £3.50/pupil

KS 3 Guided Discovery Visit (1 guide per 35 pupils) -      £4/pupil

KS 2 Workshops (up to 30 pupils) -      £50

*Please note Discovery Visit fees (guided or self-guided) will apply in addition to workshop costs* 

KS 3 Workshops -      Coming soon

SEN KS 2 and 3 Guided Sensory Visit - led by our team -      £3.50/pupil

KS 2 Outreach - 1x class (Up to 35 pupils) -      £100

1/2 day (up to 3 classes for 1x hour long sessions per class) -      £250

*Please note additional costs to cover travel may apply depending on distance*


Please note we require 21 full working days' notice of cancellation. Schools failing to give the required notice will be subject to charges. 


Space is available for your class to eat a packed lunch. However, the space is limited and will need to be booked in advance. Our Team will advise you on the best time to take a lunch break during your visit. This will be built into the itinerary for your visit, which you will receive with your booking confirmation. 


The Museum has comprehensive codes of practice and policies covering Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Risk Assessments and First Aid. Copies are available at the time of booking. A Risk Assessment is available as a guideline for your visit. This should be used to support your Risk Assessment, not as an alternative to it. Please contact us if you have any specific access requirements.

For health and safety and supervision we require: 

5 - 6 year olds = 1 adult to every 5 children

7 – 16 year olds = 1 adult to every 10 children

16 – 18 year olds = 1 adult to every 15 children


HMS Caroline is located at Alexandra dock in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The full address is:

HMS Caroline,

Alexandra Dock,

Queen’s Road,




A turning circle and drop off point for coaches is located within the grounds at HMS Caroline. 


By road: Vehicles approaching Belfast on the M1 or M2 should follow the signs for Belfast city Airport M3, taking the first exit for Titanic Quarter. 


HMS Caroline in the Community:  Adult and Community Engagement 

HMS Caroline in the Community offers workshops for adults delivered in community venues. 

These sessions can be tailored to the size of group and requirements. Workshops offer insight into HMS Caroline’s history and life at sea 100 years ago through objects, costumes, archives and photographs. Sessions can also be delivered to include a creative, hands-on activity. 

It’s free of charge, though sometimes, depending on the distance, we may need to ask for a contribution towards travel expenses. 

If you would like to find out more about more about HMS Caroline in the Community workshops please contact us on or on 028 90 454484. 

You can find information about future workshops, talks and programmes for adults on the Upcoming Events section of our website. 


Contact Us 


Telephone: 028 90 45 4484 


HMS Caroline 1916