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Friday, April 4, 2014

Bath Guildhall Market

The Bath Guildhall Market is located on the High Street in Bath. The visitor to Bath can find the Guildhall Market between the Guildhall to the south, The Victoria Art Gallery to the north and New Market Row to the east. The Bath Guildhall Market is situated across the road from the weir by Pulteney Bridge.

Bath Guildhall Market sign, UK

The Guildhall Market is one of the oldest shopping venues in Bath, having served the community for around 800 years. The Market has operated from its current location in some form since at least the 16th century, and as the Guildhall Market from the 1770’s. The Guildhall Market acquired its well-known dome in 1863.

Bath Guildhall Market interior, UK

With the advent of supermarkets in Bath, the Guildhall Market has had to change with the times, but the owners have tried to keep it as traditional as possible.

Bath Guildhall Market entrance, UK

The Guildhall Market is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Visitors to the Guildhall Market may also want to visit nearby Four Sydney Place or Henrietta Park.

Bath Guildhall Market
High Street
Bath, BA2 4AW
Tel: 01225 460808

Bath Guildhall Market map

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a preserved Royal Navy warship on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

HMS is part of the Imperial War Museum which has three facilities in London (Imperial War Museum London, HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms), one at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, UK

HMS Belfast is a cruiser that was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in 1938. HMS Belfast saw action in World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and the Korean War.

Due to a private initiative by the HMS Belfast Trust the ship was saved from the wrecker and was opened to the public in 1971, becoming part of the Imperial War Museum in 1978.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

Nine decks aboard the 187m-long ship are open to the public and give an idea of what life was like for the sailors on HMS Belfast.

The ship's mechanical systems below the waterline can also be seen as well as the upper deck including the bridge, gun platform and the main operations room. The horsepower of the mighty ship is equal to around 1,000 private cars.

HMS Belfast was home to around 950 sailors and they ate together in the Ship's Galley, which dates from a 1950's refit. Before that the men ate in smaller, more cramped messes.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London, UK

HMS Belfast is popular with school parties and gives an excellent introduction to life on a British warship through original photographs, film and testimonies from the sailors who served on the ship.

UK schools and youth groups with children aged 8-18 can "Kip in a Ship" for up to three nights with breakfast included.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London, UK

HMS Belfast
The Queen's Walk
Tel: 020 7940 6300
Opening times: 4 November - 20 February 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)
21 February to October 10am - 6pm (last admission 5pm).
Adults £15.50; children under 16 are free.
The nearest tube stations to HMS Belfast are London Bridge on both the Northern and Jubilee lines and Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

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