Churchill War Rooms
Churchill War Rooms
4.5
Military MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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.
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  • Charing Cross • 9 min walk
  • Embankment • 10 min walk
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  • m r
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    Really great museum if you are interested in WWll history. We spend over 3 hours here so plan to have plenty of time to see everything. It was really good having gone to the British War Museum the day before. The two gave a good history of WWll.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Dione C
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Fascinating
    This is an excellent few hours to spend - the cost is average but the exhibit is outstanding. Screeds of detail of Winston and WW2 use of the war rooms. Take time to understand the signs as the directions are poor, and oddly the cafe is half way around!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • David P
    Phoenix, Arizona219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    The audio tour is quite interesting, and there is much to see and hear that are so important to English, European and American history. We loved that the rooms are exactly as they were (including all of the maps), the day the war concluded. The War Rooms include an up-to-date museum, which we spent a lot of time exploring. This is a must-do.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Scott C
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must!
    Absolutely epic. Couldn't recommend highly enough. Fascinating insight into life in wartime and how the Brits operated during WWII. Also a great insight into one of history's most important, and colourful, characters. The stories of some of the staff at the time were amazing too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Neal
    London, United Kingdom6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour, Long Line!
    You can spend quite a few hours down here if you take your time as it's jam packed full of historical trinkets and presentations. We were able to get through it within a few hours but you could rush through it much faster. The line to get tickets to enter did take a while but we might have been there at a popular time. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys history.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Suzy09
    Brynaman, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience!
    Last week I went to visit Churchill War Rooms with a friend. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience and neither of us really knew what to expect. We were there for three hours and could have been longer if we had chosen to. You are given a headset as you enter that explains everything you see as you go around looking at the underground rooms left exactly as they were at the end of WW2. In addition to this there is a museum on Churchill’s life- equally as interesting. This is the place to go for anyone interested in WE2 history. A fascinating experience. Thank you.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2023
  • bemison
    Lee's Summit, Missouri259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private Tour Lets You Stand Where Churchill and His Cabinet Ran WWII
    We booked a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms for our group. The private tour is an amazing experience and definitely the way to go. Everyone gets to see the bunkers that Churchill and his military commanders and cabinet used to run WWII, but the private tour takes you behind the glass and into the rooms left exactly as they were on the final day of the war. As our guide explained, the military does not like its officers sitting and twiddling their thumbs. When the war ended, they filed away classified papers and left everything else remaining as it was as they moved on to their new orders. It's such an immersive bit of history to stand in the room where military commanders tracked troop movements on wall-sized maps with the pin marks still remaining. You will see the entry logs with "P.M." signed by Churchill logging his visits to the command center. You will tour his bedroom, which was only sparsely used, but also includes his desk and radio microphone where he gave many important updates. You'll also enter the cabinet room behind the glass. Almost all of the materials are original, including Churchill's chair, which shows the scratching from nervously tapping on the chair's arm with his ring finger. Churchill's War Rooms are a must see for any history buff or anyone simply wanting to stand in the location where the British ran WWII.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • jwhatx
    Austin, Texas42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Churchill War Rooms are incredible
    You feel fully immersed in history during the Churchill War Rooms tour. We enjoyed every minute of our visit. The audio tour was informative, engaging, and extensive. You could spend all day there, but plan for at least 2-3 hours. Excellent experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Gary
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit especially if you have an interest in WW2 or Churchill
    The CWRs are worth a visit even if you have no interest but will really come to life for those with a general interest or knowledge of WW2 and/or Churchill as having background adds a lot to the visit. I’d allow 3 hours for a good visit. Be aware that it is all underground and can be quite cramped at times.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Ingrid P
    Greater London, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see if you're visiting London!
    One of the most well-presented and enthralling historical museums I've ever visited. One review mentions it being dark, that's because they have recreated the authentic WWII conditions! The audio guide (included in the ticket) is perfect in terms of amount and type of commentary. There's something for people of all ages here. We all need to be reminded of the ways in which humans can co-operate for the greater good especially in times of adversity. It is also important for younger visors to realise what humans can achieve without 21st-century technology. The shop has a fabulous selection of relevant and tasteful souvenirs to suit all budgets.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
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HockeyTravelGuy
San Antonio, TX312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did not purchased advance tickets and don’t really see the need for it. Those with advance tickets still had to queue in a line for entry. Granted that line does move faster but the line we were in without tickets wasn’t long.

An audio guide is included in the price of admission and it has all the info you need. The Churchill museum is also included as part of this ticket and it is accessible during the middle of your tour threw the underground rooms.

The rooms themselves appear very well put together and are full of actual artifacts from WWII.

There isn’t much to read here as much of the info comes from the audio guide. I do wish there were more than a few voices of actual residents/workers however I do understand we may have lost most of those people at this point.

The museum portion wasn’t my favorite as the layout left a little to be desired and the flow was confusing. People were constantly backtracking and trying to figure out what section should be next.

The actual rooms though are the highlight and plenty of reason to make this a must visit.
Written January 4, 2020
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UkMumof2
London, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This museum is expensive but we had free entry with IWM membership after previous visit to Duxford.
It was worth it. With the members pass we could skip the 90 min queue!!! And walked straight in. I felt like a celebrity.

The museum itself was very informative and I loved the way everything was kept as it was

The film the darkest hour really helped me to imagine the hustle and bustle of days gone by.

Had a very nice coffee in the cafe too

I’d go back before the membership runs out and the talking guide stick were brilliant and included. Even better. ✌🏻
Written January 5, 2020
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Susie
Edinburgh 92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited here with my partner last week. We queued up outside for about 15 minutes before getting in, which wasn't too bad a wait considering it was a Sunday. After entry it was quite sloppy to pay for our tickets, there was no clear line and people were cutting in front of others to get in quicker!

After waiting 10 minutes to be served by a gentleman, who was doing something else on the computer, we were given our audioguides and entered the first room. I found the first few rooms were way too crowded, it was difficult to get a good view into the meeting room without others pushing through and knocking us out the way! Maybe having more staff throughout would help with this and to keep things moving.

The museum was interesting, I enjoyed the interactive section which seemed a good way to keep children entertained. Some of Churchill's possessions were fascinating to see, especially the letters, which was one of the highlights of the experience along with a collection of his outfits. I do feel that the museum was worded in a way that was very biased and only pointed out the good things Churchhill did, although I understand this it would have been better to have a more rounded story.

The rooms themselves were amazing to see and very well explained on the audioguides, however I do wish there would have been more rooms to see as we seemed to have spent 3/4 of our time in the museum which wasn't why we visited.

Overall, a very good and important piece of history but expensive for what it was.
Written February 12, 2020
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,457 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a nice museum that shows a different side of WWII. The war rooms were interesting but the best part was the newer Churchill Museum that chronicles Churchill's life both before and after the way. Go early in the day though since it does get crowded making it difficult to view the exhibits--especially in the war rooms. Also, despite having pre-bought our tickets to be able to skip the line we were still funneled into the regular admission line to have our tickets scanned.
Written February 26, 2020
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majesty318
Rahway, NJ1,774 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This site contains both the war rooms and a museum dedicated to Churchill. It is easy to find, very near St. James' Park. I arrived in the late morning. There was no line but they 100% let too many people in for a location with such small rooms/ corridors. It was very difficult to find a place to stop, read the placards, or pay attention to your (free) audio guide without being in someone's way. As noted in other reviews, you can also constantly hear people's audio guides talking which is distracting and loud. The museum part was the most crowded so I did not finish walking through - simply too difficult to get near the exhibits.

When I left, there was a line to get in so it seems best to go in the morning.

Also keep in mind I was there in February - lowest of the low season - so I really don't want to imagine the crowds in the summer!
Written March 11, 2020
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Walkers
Stafford, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
My 10 year old son wanted to visit here and it has been sometime since I have been.

This is a great place to visit and a good historical account for Churchill. We booked online and visited at 230pm.

You get an audio guide in the price of the ticket which is worth it, brings the museum to life.

My 10 year old really enjoyed it.
Written February 19, 2020
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Georgina S
London, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thomas L
Monroe, CT29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you are a history buff, this is a great place to visit while in London. You get to see first hand where Churchill worked out of during WWII. Sooooo much good history. I learned so much. The addition of the museum part of the attraction is a very nice addition, as you get the additional benefit of the details of Winston's whole life. I.e., not just the bunker side of the attraction (which is truly awesome in and of itself). A word of advice....We visited on a rainy February Sunday and there was a long line outside the entrance. I can't imagine what kind of crowd goes on a nice day or in a better season. My point is, plan to wait in line. Regardless, it is well worth it.
Written February 26, 2020
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Barry N
Blackburn, UK53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I pre booked for 4pm on a Friday and when we arrived there was a long queue waiting without reservations. A number of people in the queue did not get and were advised to book if they wanted to come back over the weekend when it would be busy. It closed at 6pm which gave us 2hours to look round. The audio handset worked very well and informative .The displays are very good and give a good insight into what life was like underground. There is a Churchill room at the back with a lot of information about his life and what was happening during his time. If like reading all the fine detail then 2 hours will not be long enough.
Written March 4, 2020
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claire h
Bridgwater, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My husband had been wanting to visit the War Rooms for ages. It was our 1st trip to London in a while, so we thought we would go. I am glad we did.
Very thought provoking at times when you realise the cramped conditions and the amount of people and the work that actually took place there. It is not all about Churchill.
The only downside for me was the audio part of the tour. They give you portable audio sets, like mobile phones, because of this you have to put up with the tinny noise from other peoples sets, headphones would have been better. However I prefer to read my way around an exhibition/museum, and there were very few reading descriptions.
If you are thinking of going and you are also thinking of seeing HMS Belfast, then join the IWM ... you will save over £20 per couple... and you can also go to Duxford for free.
Written January 29, 2020
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