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Lascaris War Rooms

Address: Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 0992
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Ranked #2 of 35 Attractions in Valletta
Type: Military Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Lascaris War Rooms consist of an underground complex of tunnels and chambers that housed the...
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Type: Military Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Lascaris War Rooms consist of an underground complex of tunnels and chambers that housed the War Headquarters from where the defence of Malta was conducted during the Second World War.This secret complex contained operations rooms for each of the fighting services from where not only the air defence of Malta was coordinated, but also some of the greatest battlesfought in the Mediterrean during the war.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Good to opt for audio guide, take proper id to use it. A fascinating insight into operations of WW2 defence of Malta. Includes a wartime newsreel film not widely available.

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Chris B Thank you for your review of your visit to the Lascaris War Rooms and your comments about our staff. We appreciate you taking the time and trouble to review your visit. More 

Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This visitor centre is excellent, it provides a very informative background to the highly strategic position of Malta in WW2. Never boring - it brings the drama to life. Don't leave Valletta without a visit to this centre. Take some proper ID to get a audio guide.

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear RobAbrahamsen, Thank you for your review of the Lascaris War Rooms. We are glad your thought the visitor centre is excellent, and provided informative background Malta's strategic position and importance in WW2. Thank you for the comment regarding ID it makes life easier for our staff. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Recently re-opened world war 2 war rooms. Felt like I was on the film set for 'Enigma'. Shown around by a tour guide passionate about his subject, his father had helped to dig the war rooms. Lots of interesting facts. They are still restoring the war rooms.

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Carolyn W, Thank you for taking the time and trouble to review you visit to the Lascaris War Room - We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that our guide Tony once again showed his passion and knowledge of the history behind the site. thank you once again. The War rooms have been open for a number... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Hard to locate, off Castille Street, to the left of the entry to the Saluting Battery, under Upper Barrakka Garden, down two large flights of steps. This attraction is run by a NFP (not government). They also do the Fort Rinella exhibition/experience - they have khaki uniformed "defence" people at the moat crossing into Valletta's Republic Street, handing out brochures.... More 

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Daer MarcoPoloTwo, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Lascaris War Rooms. We are glad you enjoyed your visit although you found it a little hard to find. It was a secret establishment and even now there are Maltese who do not know where it is. We are also glad you found the guide well informed and... More 

Portsmouth, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Actual war rooms were interesting but the guide was quite poor. Made numerous factual errors and it was clear he knew little about the actual history of the place.

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear ljlentz, Thank you for your review of the Lascaris War Rooms and we are sorry that you felt the guide for the tour was poor. Its not clear what day your visited but out regular guides normally get very good feedback from the visitors. You indicate that there were "Numerous" factual errors but it is difficult to ensure these... More 

Shanahoe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Tony conducts his tour with the enthusiasm of a schoolboy and the knowledge of a history professor. He brings the story to life and one cannot help becoming part of the it. The war rooms are very original with many genuine artefacts and maps. If you even have a fleeting interest in WW2 or in Malta's evolution, do not miss... More 

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear Chris O, Thank for your review of the War Rooms and we are glad that our Guide Tony's professionalism enthusiasm made the experience even better for you. We try to retain the sense of originality in the War Rooms keeping it more as a living Historic Site with its collection of genuine artifacts and maps. The 10 Euro entry... More 

Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Great fun. The tour guide Steve was great. Had a Dr. Strangeloveish type of feel with historical implications. This is where Operation Husky, the Allied Invasion of Sicily, was planned: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allied_invasion_of_Sicily

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear ami_berliner, Thank you for your review of the Lascaris War Rooms we are glad you enjoyed your visit and the tour our guide Steve gave. We hope to see you again when you next visit Malta. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Worth a visit....these impressive War rooms are a real heritage to our island. One can see the real rooms and equipment which was used during the war. Besides the audio guides, there is a guy called Tony who is a real expert in the field and he really explains with passion!

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear NiceGlobtrotter, Thank you for taking the time to review you visit to the Lascaris War Rooms. We are glad you found your visit and experience worthwhile and that Tony our guide made the visit even more interesting, Thank you again, More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This feedback is NOT meant to be negative but hopefully constructive. We were probably unlucky when we visited Lascaris War Rooms on Saturday 17th January. It was explained that we couldn't get a guided tour owing to staff shortage and an impending large group visit. So we had to rely on the handset commentary which was somewhat limiting. There was... More 

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear RangerRoger, Firstly we do appreciate all visitors feedback and we understand that you are trying to be constructive. You did come at a difficult time just before we had a large tour booked, unfortunately we have to have a guide available and with the tours taking at least 45 minutes you will appreciate that we have to delay the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Well worth a couple of hours out to visit here. The guide was excellent and took us through key dates and how Malta was back during WW2. To see where the commands were coming from and how the key decisions were made was priceless and it took you back to what it must have been like. The history of Malta... More 

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Robert A, Assistant to Chairman/CEO at Lascaris War Rooms, responded to this review

Dear phil_sllvn, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Lascaris War Rooms. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and found the guided tour so interesting and that it enhanced your visit. thank you once again for taking the time and trouble to write and post the review, More 

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Athens, Greece

I have some access info based on this map(the most detailed i was able to find)

(google openstreetmap lascaris war rooms)

1) There seems to be entrances for the monument. One is located turning rrght when exiting the gardens taking downhill the road called ''Triq II Betteria". In the end of this road there seems to be stairs which eventually lead in the entrance of the War Rooms

            a. Is this entrance open and accessible in order to take the guided tour?

            b. In my exit from the site which is the most convinient entrance and exit to easily reach Lascaris sea terminal in order to take the ferry to Birgu????

              c. There seems to be one more entrance mentioned also in the pdf of visitor info which the museum have in its webpage. This way goes by turning left exiting the gardens, reaching the circle square called ''castille square'' and taking downhill the first road to your left(as you enter the square coming from Malta Stock Exchange), this road is called Girolamo Cassar and on its right side while you walking on it there is a path starting forming a Z which lead you in the bottom and there you meet and cross a tunnel(literally passing under the road) and exiting to an area which the main entrance of war rooms is located. I suppose this is the most common entrance with available the tour guide also starting from it. Is it easy when i exit to reach Lascaris ferry terminal?

Please correct and advise, this weekend will very rainy in malta and i dont want to be full of rain making circles but on the other hand i want so much to visit this attraction.

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