HMS Caroline Will Remain in Belfast

We are thrilled to announce that HMS Caroline will remain in Belfast – her home for nearly 100 years.

As many of you are aware HMS Caroline, a remarkable First World War survivor closed two years ago. With the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund we have been able to reach an agreement with the Department for the Economy that will ensure a sustainable future which will help to conserve and maintain this historic ship whilst sharing her incredible story.

With an agreement now in place we can begin to look to the future and hope to welcome visitors later this year. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for further updates.

A finalist of the 2019 Art Fund Museum of the Year, HMS Caroline is an iconic ship and a living legend in Belfast, her home for over 90 years. She is also the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland in 1916, the largest naval battle ever fought.

There is something on board for everyone, whether you want to learn about the life of sailors at sea, Belfast’s fascinating maritime history, enjoy a fun-filled family adventure or learn more about the ship herself!

HMS Caroline is a C-class light cruiser, built in Birkenhead at Lairds shipyard in 1914. After fighting in Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle in history, she was recommissioned for service in the East Indies. HMS Caroline arrived in Belfast in 1924 and became the static floating headquarters of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. After being decommissioned in 2011, the ship was restored with the help of Heritage Lottery Fund, Department of the Economy and the Heritage Memorial Fund and opened as a museum in June 2016.

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