History and Heritage: Why You Should Visit the Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is an excellent attraction for visitors of all ages who wish to visit its ground-breaking galleries and uncover some of the stories of those affected by conflicts ranging from the First World War up to the present day.

Featuring several permanent exhibitions such as the Holocaust Exhibition, First World War galleries and the A Family in Wartime exhibition that gives visitors in insight back in time to the daily struggles of everyday families during times of conflict, the Imperial War Museum is interesting, educational and offers free admission for all.

To reach the Imperial War Museum from the Kensington Park Hotel London takes just over half an hour taking the Tube from Earl’s Court, so is ideally situated for those who want to visit the museum.

The Imperial War Museum also hosts a range of tours that serve as good introductions to the museum and are available at a small cost to visitors. As many of the tours start at various times of the day, staying in one of our hotels near Earl’s Court tube station is ideal if you want to make sure that you arrive at your destination ready to join your tour guide in good time.

Another element that makes a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London so exciting is the HMS Belfast that is part of the museum’s collection of permanent exhibitions. Located just off Tower Bridge on the River Thames, the HMS Belfast is a floating fortress that once served in active conflict and is now open for visitors young and old to come and get a taste of what life must have been like for the crew that served upon this impressive Second World War vessel.

HMS Belfast

With nine floors to discover, tours are open daily (apart from a few days over the Christmas period) and visitors are advised that they are likely to spend 90 minutes on board experiencing the engine rooms in the bowels of the ship and the large guns on the top deck that fired some of the first shots on D-Day. You can even take a glimpse into the tiny sleeping quarters used by the crew to see just how hard a life at sea must have been like.

If your thinking of taking a few tours at the Imperial War Museum, its worth checking out any 4-star London hotels special offers so you have more to spend on these amazing experiences the next time you decide to take a trip to London.

The Imperial War Museum is open from 10am to 6pm everyday with the exception of the 24th, 25th & 26th of December and with so much to see and do, you’ll want to make sure that you leave at least half a day for your visit so you can experience all of the exhibitions for yourself.

With new exhibitions and experiences being added to the museum’s list of events on a regular basis, its well worth returning to London for a second or even a third visit!