Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms, London

Churchill War Rooms
Military Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
London’s Hidden Gem Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War and the award-winning Churchill Museum, Churchill War Rooms is one of London’s must-see attractions. Walk the top-secret corridors and glimpse what life would have been like during the tense days and nights of the Second World War.
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The area
Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 9 min walk
  • Embankment • 10 min walk
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23,113 reviews
Very good

Vancouver, Canada121 contributions
Oct 2021
Tour of the war rooms (Behind the Glass) - not re-created, but preserved - are well worth the cost...not only because the tour is excellent with a private tour guide to fill in the little known details, but seeing up close the arms of the chair Churchill sat in during the war, worn down by his ring on one side and nail on the other! It also helps to know that part of the fee goes towards the Imperial War Museums, so beneficial to us all.

The Churchill Museum portion is also well laid out, very interesting and informative. give yourself some time to view this venue.

Hint: recommend sharing the cost of the Behind the Glass tour with a small group of six.
Written November 14, 2021
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Georgina S
London, UK137 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
I pre-booked our tickets online and used the e-ticket on my phone for entry which was straight forward,
Included in the entry is an audio guide which is set up in your language of preference which I think is a great addition, especially for tourists.
The one way system was easy to follow, however I would note that the order of the artefacts isn’t in numerical order. Ie you may jump from 8 to 13 on the audio list. I suspect the introduction of the one way system has led to this being out of sync.
The audio guide really brings the rooms to life and every now and again you can hear the sound of whistling in the corridors so you feel as though you are back in time working underground.
The bathroom facilities were clean and available through the route. There is also a cafe and gift shop which I found surprisingly budget friendly. Some items are expensive but there were a few pocket money friendly items available to purchase as a souvenir.
The whole experience took us around two hours, it is a lot of walking and standing but there’s a few opportunities to take a seat, so make the most of those on your way round.
I think £25 is quite expensive for the price, I was expecting to pay £17 or so, having said that you may find getting an annual membership more cost effective as that would be unlimited entry as well as entry to IWM, IWM Duxford and HMS Belfast (I have a review from a few years ago of my trip to HMS Belfast when I had an annual pass).
This trip is suitable for over 12 as I think young children would find the walking long and the audio guide may not keep them engaged, however this is certainly a family friendly museum. I would recommend this for a day out to friends and family.
Written July 29, 2021
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Yeovil, UK82 contributions
May 2021
Very enjoyable experience looking at a dark time in this country's past. The electronic guide was very thorough in giving you all the information you need about the different rooms and what it would have been like to work and live in the rooms. The Churchill museum part was filled was so much information about the great man and the events at the time. The shop was filled with many gifts (mostly over-priced) and book. Definitely would recommend for families to learn about what happened during the War.
Written June 18, 2021
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Jennifer P
11 contributions
Mar 2022
This is two museums in one - the Churchill War Rooms and a separate museum of Churchill's life and storied career. Although the Churchill museum is very well done, the highlight is the war rooms, left in pristine condition days after WW2 ended. The video guide provides great summaries and you can peer into the war rooms through glass (including the famed Map Room), but to access the rooms behind the glass you will have to schedule and pay for a private tour. The pins on the. maps remain from VE day - which is amazing! Worth the 22-27 pound cost for any WW2 buff!
Written March 9, 2022
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Texas612 contributions
Jun 2021
Our visit was both enjoyable and educational. The underground war rooms, located just around the corner from Number 10 Downing Street are where Winston Churchill spent hours upon hours plotting the Allied victory during the Second World War. The Map Room supposedly looks exactly as it did when the members of the War Cabinet abandoned it at the end of the war. An audio guide comes with admission and provides some extra insight into the operations that went on during the war, including some speeches by Churchill. The audio guide was very good, and it also allowed you to go at your own pace. The visit is a little expensive (£26 Per adult) but is both interesting and informative. Visiting this bit of history helps you understand and appreciate what it must have been like during World War II. If you're in the Westminster area of London, make sure you go for a visit. (PaM)
Written May 16, 2022
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Glenn Morgan
Norwich, UK2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
The Churchill War Rooms are a must see for anyone interested in World War Two. I visited for the first time with my father and we were both blown away by the whole thing. From the original rooms to the quality work the IWM team has done in the museum. A fascinating and lesser known part of British History.
All the staff I met and spoke to on my visit were lovely and very friendly.
There was a slight issue with payment for a guidebook upon arrival and I was accidentally charged twice, about 10 minutes later the gentleman behind the counter came to find me in the museum and issue me a refund for the double payment error. Which I greatly appreciated and thanked the man for his honesty.
The staff at The Churchill War Rooms do a fantastic job.
I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting London, as you can step back in time in many ways to 1940s Britain and see behind the scenes of the Second World War.
Written March 29, 2022
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Keir S
London, UK187 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Love anything to do with Wartime London. Even the location is in the heart of London surrounded by gorgeous architecture.

This was another place on my ‘post COVID’ list.

The staff were very welcoming and informative and I thoroughly recommend getting the audio guide. Each section gives a great level of detail at every interval.

The war rooms really give you a detailed idea of how London persevered through the war and how essential the underground bunker became during hard times.

The gift shop at the end was full of trinkets, books and memorabilia.
Written August 21, 2021
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Marstons Mills, MA377 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had been told this was a must-see attraction on our visit to London. Tickets were sold out online, so we showed up first thing in morning to get in line for day of tickets. Customer service folks here could use some Disney training and the admission price is too expensive. You get an audio tour and are funneled down narrow halls thru the bunker rooms which I can only imagine are crowded beyond belief later in the day. The rooms and stories are interesting, but you have to peer around everyone standing at the same spots trying to listen to the audio tour. You then arrive in a large room that is essentially a museum of Winston Churchill’s life filled with lots of informative exhibits and artifacts - but you end up wandering around learning about his life but none of it is in chronological order. I read about his childhood after I learned about his exploits during WWII. Overall, we were underimpressed.
Written January 11, 2020
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David K
Worthing, UK1,497 contributions
Feb 2020
I got off at St James underground stn , And walked 5 mins to Churchill war rooms , Head for HM Treasury ,Horse guard parade .
Brought a ticket on the door , £24 per adult (Feb 2020 prices) and went straight in .
Remember ! You can buy tickets cheaper on line but there is a Timed entrance procedure and when it is busy without a time in your ticket you will be given a time , So you might have to wait !
You will be given a audio guide , Use it like a phone and when you see the corresponding number on the exhibit press that number on the audio guide.
There are corridors and as you proceed to the left and right of you , You will see the rooms that the staff worked ,slept , made decisions , ate and looked at data in the map room ..
Saw Lady Churchill`s bedroom as well as Winstons ,Also the other Generals and advisors rooms, Not so handsome as the PM ! Some rooms have wax models inside as thou they are working there today ! Look out also as you will see the staff desks and behind them was their beds ! Some of the maps are the originals and you will see graphs on how bombing raids have done .
Half way round there is a special dedicated museum to Winston , All about him ,The war , His life & death ..Excellent artifacts from Winston clothing to his own personal items ..There are a couple of short films on Winston war duties and how he tried to solve the Middle East ..
As you go round you find the space is at a premium , I was told on D-Day itself there were 500 staff members all scurrying around , And a lot of them smoked ! And as the air vent only let air out it must of been very difficult conditions to work in ?
There are interactions especially in Winston museum , you will hear from some of the staff that are alive today ..
The cafe was a nice break , It gets hot down there as well , Toilets are near the Gift shop ..
A great place to visit , Specially when it`s raining , It is underground , It does get warm. You are stepping into history and taking a look on how the war affected everyone , from civilians to the men on the front ..The decisions that were made and who made them ..
Written February 18, 2020
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Dennis F
Stroud, UK1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Family
The war rooms themselves were interesting but you would have to be something of an obsessive to really appreciate the Churchill Museum. The museum was also confusingly laid out and difficult to follow chronologically. Overall the entry price was absolutely extortionate, and they have the nerve to ask for a "voluntary contribution" on top of it.
Written March 13, 2022
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