HMS Caroline, a World War I Light Battle Cruiser, is the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Having undergone extensive restoration, the new visitor experience in Belfast's Titanic Quarter allows visitors to discover a range of historic spaces including the Captain Crookes Cabin, engine room, sick bay and galley kitchen. Visitors can explore, through a mixture of historic restoration, state-of-the-art special effects and hands-on interactive exhibits, the importance of the Battle of Jutland and discover what life was like at sea for over three hundred crew who served on board.
HMS Caroline is currently closed for refurbishment until 1 April 2017.
HMS Caroline - The Lone SurvivorHMS Caroline has undergone extensive restoration. Visitors can discover a range of historic spaces including the Captain Crookes Cabin, Royal Marines Mess and Seamen's Wash as well as the very important engine room, sick bay and galley kitchen. Visitors can explore the importance of the Battle of Jutland and discover what life was like at sea for over three hundred crew who served on board.
The Training SchoolsIn the 1920s, HMS Caroline was converted into the floating headquarters for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in Belfast. Members of the Reserve were able to specialise in many different roles, including Signalman and Wireless Telegraphist. From Summer 2016, the 'Signal School' will be a contemporary space with hands-on multimedia exhibits where visitors can try their hand at World War One communication methods like signal lanterns, signal flags and Morse code. Communication at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic will be explored and brought up to date with innovative displays and interactive exhibits.
In the Torpedo School, visitors will explore the role of naval weaponry, then and now, with a range of hands-on tactile displays and activities involving replicated equipment, models and interactive displays. Visitors will be able to design their own 'Dazzle' paint scheme for their ship, explore the insides of a torpedo and learn about the various roles of crew when in battle.
HMS Caroline Virtual Access SuiteHMS Caroline's virtual access suite is a comfortable, contemporary space where all visitors, including those unable to visit the lower decks, can explore the ship. A variety of virtual techniques are available for visitors to access hard to reach parts of the ship, such as remote cameras and augmented reality interactivity as well as multi-sensory, tactile models and displays.
Visitors will also be able to investigate the events leading up to the Battle of Jutland and consider the point of view of the German and British Naval Forces – both of whom claimed victory after the battle.
Tide times will affect accessible access to the ship. For more information, visit www.belfast-harbour.co.uk
Opening hours10am - 5pm daily. Recommended tour time 1 hour 30 minutes. HMS Caroline is closed for refurbishment until 1 April 2017.
Book tickets online or in person at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre (9 Donegall Square North) from 1 April 2017.
Seniors and student: £7.50
Family (2 adults and 3 children): £26
Mini Family: £17