Next weekend, the flagship of the Royal Navy –the huge HMS Bulwark will be in London for a few days — and there will be a chance for the public to go on board.

The ship is an amphibious assault support vessel. The rear of the warship also opens and floods a compartment allowing smaller boats inside to be launched, which sounds very much like the sort of thing a James Bond villain’s luxury yacht would do.


On previous occasions when tours of Royal Navy ships have been possible, it’s been turn up and queue for ages to get on board.

This time, it’s ticketed.

Reserve your free tickets for tours on either Sat 31st May or Sun 1st June.

The ship visit will be strictly for ticket holders only and free boat transfers will be provided from Greenwich Pier. The visit will last approximately 90 minutes.

As well as the ship visit there will be opportunities to witness the capabilities of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines ashore in the Old Royal Naval College grounds.

It should go without saying, but sometimes needs saying — this is an operational warship and as such all visitors must be able to move around her without assistance. The ship is large with steep ladders and hatches, and is therefore unsuitable for those with limited mobility

Oh, and turning up with prams, not such a good idea!


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  1. Weak-Knees says:

    will you be going with your camera Ian ? so that the so that those of us who can’t cope with “steep ladders and hatches” don’t have to – but can still experience it vicariously ?

    • ianvisits says:

      I wont be, as I am busy, and have been on quite a few big ships before.

  2. Elaine says:

    Hi. I would love too surprise my boyfriend with a visit to the bulwark, he served on the ship whilst in the navy. I can’t manage those dates as I’m working. Do u know of any other possible dates? Thankyou

  3. DJ_SA says:

    Hi Ian, thanks for the article. Does that mean this is not baby-friendly? Thanks,

    • ianvisits says:

      Any specific questions of that nature should always be addressed to the venue — but realistically, it’s a warship, they aren’t noted for putting accessibility at the forefront of their thinking.

  4. Sacha says:

    Hi ianvists,

    I live on the river in greenwich, just where the ship is docked!!

    We had no idea it was coming, when is it next here as we would love reserve tickets. My 8 year old daughter has been standing on the balcony for the past two day watching!!

    Many thanks 🙂

  5. zoe says:

    Have u got any dates or tickets left in december? If so i would appericate if you could e.mail me asap thankyou so much. Mrs zoe blythe

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