The HMS Caroline Experience

Discover more about the spaces on board HMS Caroline

Based in Belfast’s famous Titanic Quarter, HMS Caroline is a First World War-era warship now restored as a must-see floating museum with an amazing story to tell. Be immersed in life aboard this unique vessel – lone survivor of history’s greatest naval engagement…. the Battle of Jutland!

The Dockside Museum

          

Visit our Dockside Museum and discover the people who served aboard the ‘Carry’! Brought to Belfast in 1924 to serve as headquarters for the newly formed Ulster Division of the Royal Volunteer Reserve, HMS Caroline has been an iconic part of the city’s maritime life for more than 90 years!

Jutland Experience

         

Step onboard HMS Caroline and be immediately transported back in time with a dramatic short film telling the story of the ‘The Battle of Jutland’. The 11-minute screening offers a follows the 36-hour Jutland engagement and shows how the battle unfolded from the decks of HMS Caroline. 

Historic Spaces

         

Historic, recreated spaces on HMS Caroline include the Captain’s Quarters, Marines’ Mess and Engine Rooms as well as the Sick Bay and Galley.  All of these spaces have been recreated to look as they did in September 1914, when HMS Caroline first left her slipways to enter naval service.

Hands-on Learning Experiences

         

Learn all about life at sea during the 20th and 21st centuries through our state-of-the-art exhibits. See if you can crack codes, then try your hand at signaling using techniques like semaphore, create your own dazzle camouflage and attempt to evade an enemy attack! 

Engine Rooms 

          

Descend below decks to see HMS Caroline’s original engines. Hear the authentic roar of the ship’s four Parson’s steam turbines bringing the ship up to her full speed of 30 knots!

 

Virtual Access Suite

        

Learn how the ship works with interactive exhibits and take control of HMS Caroline at our virtual bridge. Here you will also learn about the people who served onboard HMS Caroline, and in particular many of the Wrens who served aboard right up to 2009 when the Ulster Division of the Royal Naval Reserves moved ashore to HMS Hibernia in Lisburn

 

Mess Deck Cafe

        

Sailors were well nourished to keep spirits and energy levels high for their busy days onboard the ship. At HMS Caroline we continue this tradition, so why not take a break and relax in the historic Mess Deck Café serving local produce from 10.30am to 4.30pm daily. Enjoy hearty and wholesome soups and stews, as well as a range of snacks and refreshments before you continue your journey through HMS Caroline.

 

Shop

        

Mark your visit to HMS Caroline with a special memento from our shop on board. Browse for gifts, clothing and posters inspired by HMS Caroline and Royal Naval Heritage. The shop offers a wide range of quality souvenirs, ideal to bring home for friends and family.

The Decks

       

Walk along the decks and see the ship’s replica 6-inch and 4-inch guns. Don’t forget to head up to the Navigating Bridge where you can visit the Captain’s Sea Cabin.

 

The Docks Area

       


Finally, visit our themed play park and picnic area – the perfect place for families to relax – before moving on to your next destination. Free parking is available on site for both cars and coach parties.

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