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HMS Caroline, Belfast

4.7
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HMS Caroline is a decommissioned C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw combat service in the First World War and served as an administrative centre in the Second World War. Caroline was launched and commissioned in 1914. At the time of her decommissioning in 2011 she was the second-oldest ship in Royal Navy service, after HMS Victory. She served as a static headquarters and training ship for the Royal Naval Reserve, based in Alexandra Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the later stages of her career. She was converted into a museum ship. From October 2016 she underwent inspection and repairs to her hull at Harland and Wolff and opened to the public on 1 July 2017 at Alexandra Dock in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.
Caroline was the last remaining British First World War light cruiser in service, and she is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland still afloat. She is also one of only three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War, along with the 1915 monitor HMS M33 (in Portsmouth dockyard), and the Flower-class sloop HMS President, (formerly HMS Saxifrage) usually moored on the Thames at Blackfriars but as from February 2016, in Number 3 Basin, Chatham.
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  • Viewing only possible from the outside at present. It’s worth the walk from the Titanic building but if it’s raining you’ll definitely get wet  more »
  • Sadly due to the covid-19 virus the attraction was closed, that however din't stop us walking around the dock and marvaling at this Battle of Jutland particpant. I have to say the ships lines...  more »
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  • HMS Caroline is a wonderful interactive museum. We really got a feel for what it was like to live on an old warship. You are able to climb up and down to many of the decks, and there were interactive exhibits that were interesting for all ages. The war move was very well done and there was seating available which was a pleasant respite for our elderly and disabled family members.
  • Absolutely fascinating! The whole family loved it. So well set out, engaging, a real eye opener to our past. And a lovely cafe for coffee or lunch! We spent a couple of hours on board
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