Visit HMS CarolinePlan a visit
Step aboard and discover one ship, 100 years of history, and 1000 incredible stories
Ready to set sail on a maritime adventure this Winter? Immerse yourself in our new guided tours which run from 8th November 2023 - 24th March 2024 and are limited to an exclusive 15 guests per tour.
Tours are scheduled throughout the day at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 3pm. While spontaneity is welcomed, we recommend booking your place in advance to ensure a seamless visit and to mitigate against a lack of availability of tour spots on the day.
Want to come back and experience HMS Caroline again?
For returning visitors with a valid Museum ticket, please see booking details on the link tab at the bottom of the page in our FAQ section.
Step aboard and witness a story 100 years in the making
HMS Caroline's incredible story doesn't end at the First World War, becoming the headquarters for Belfast Naval Base during the Battle of the Atlantic, in the Second World War, and a Cold-War era minesweeping school. She was finally decommissioned in 2011, making HMS Caroline the longest-serving warship after HMS Victory.
Having been a part of Belfast's history for almost 100 years, HMS Caroline is an iconic fixture of the Titantic Quarter, merging thousands of hours of painstaking restoration and state-of-the-art interpretation into one incredible experience that you'll never forget!
What to see
Plan a visit
HMS Caroline is located at Alexandra Dock, Queens Rd, Belfast in the heart of Titanic Quarter. We are only 2.8 miles away from Belfast City Hall - 10-15 minutes by car.
We offer free parking on site, including disabled parking.
By public transport: Take the G2 Glider bus from Belfast City Hall to the first Catalyst Inc. stop. Walk through Catalyst car park to reach us at Alexandra Dock.
By car: Take the car and park in our free car park. We are only five minutes up Queens Road from SSE Arena, or a two minute drive from the Titanic Hotel.
By Bicycle: Take advantage of the Belfast Bike scheme and enjoy a leisurely cycle up Maritime Mile.
On foot: HMS Caroline is just a 30 minute walk from the iconic Big Fish in Belfast City Centre. Walk the Maritime Mile and see the Belfast Marina and the Great Light on your way.
A coach drop off point and coach parking facilities are available.
November to March – Wednesday to Sunday, Guided Tour times: 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 3pm.
Closed: 24, 25, and 26 December.
April to October - Wednesday to Sunday, open 10am to 4.30pm.
Last admission: 3.30pm daily.
(July / August, also open Monday / Tuesday, 10am to 4.30pm).
HMS Caroline is a restored First World War ship that has been converted into a museum and visitor attraction. Due to the historic nature of the vessel, there are some accessibility considerations to be aware of when planning your visit.
The ship is accessed via a ramp from the dockside. As the vessel is afloat, the gradient of the ramp changes due to the tidal nature of Belfast Lough; the ramp can be particularly steep at high tide.
There are steep steps and uneven surfaces on board. The majority of the ship is accessible for wheelchair users and our guided tour route has been designed with this mobility in mind.
There are three lifts on board HMS Caroline:
- One external lift at the aft end of the ship, which provides access between the upper and lower decks.
- One internal lift in the café at the forward end of the ship, which provides access between the lower and upper decks.
- One external lift at the forward end of the ship, which provides access between the upper deck and the Fo’c’sle.
There are two accessible toilets on-board, next to the Drill Hall and Historic Galley.
We have wheelchairs on site that may be borrowed free of charge.
There is a hearing loop system available in the Pump House and onboard the ship.
Light levels vary throughout the ship; there are also loud soundscapes and interactives on board. The Battle of Jutland film is loud, dark and contains images that may be upsetting to some visitors.
Please note, high heels with a diameter smaller than a 2p coin (2.5cm) cannot be worn on board the ship. Heel caps that can be fitted should be purchased in advance
We are delighted to offer a discounted price to groups of 15 people and above. Groups of up to 30 are welcome (although we would need two concurrent tours – 2 x 15).
With ample parking for coaches and cars, on board refreshments and the choice of an exclusive guided tour, HMS Caroline is a great day out for groups of all ages.
HMS Caroline Group Rates*
*Prices valid for visit dates up to and including 31/03/25.
To qualify for group rates, a minimum of 12 persons is required and a group leader goes for free. There is no maximum group number but larger groups may be required to split into smaller numbers.
There is a café on board HMS Caroline which seats approximately 30 people. It serves light refreshments such as soup, sandwiches and cake along with tea/coffee etc.
Group bookings must be made in advance with a minimum of 7 days notice. Bookings for the winter season are subject to staffing availability so please enquire with as much notice as possible.
To enquire about our group visits please contact us on 028 9045 4484.
To book your group call 023 9283 9766 (opt. 3) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Belfast’s famous Titanic Quarter, HMS Caroline is a First World War-era ship now restored as a floating museum with an amazing story to tell. Pupils will be immersed in life on board this unique vessel and discover stories of the people who served during one of history’s greatest naval engagements, the Battle of Jutland.
Our onsite and outreach sessions combine hand-on activities with an opportunity to engage with collections and innovative technology, providing unforgettable learning experiences that bring the curriculum to life.
For more information email our Learning Team.
Want to come back and experience HMS Caroline again? Tours are scheduled throughout the day at 10 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm, and 3 pm. While spontaneity is welcomed, we recommend booking your place in advance to ensure a seamless visit and to mitigate against a lack of availability of tour spots on the day.
if you require any assistance pre-booking a guided tour please contact us by emailing email@example.com or call 023 9289 1370 and select option 4.
During the months spanning November to March, HMS Caroline adopts a guided tours model, hosting tours at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3pm. At the end of each meticulously conducted tour, participants are invited to relax in our Mess Deck Café, where an assortment of light snacks and hot beverages awaits.
Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks to enjoy at our on-site picnic area.
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