Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms, London

Churchill War Rooms
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • History 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
Discover the secrets of the Second World War in the underground nerve centre where Churchill and his war cabinet lived and worked.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
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 • 8 min walk
  • Embankment • 10 min walk
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Susan2395
Munich, Germany119 contributions
Atmospheric
Oct 2021
A real sense of history and how difficult and basic life was 80 years ago and how brave people were.
Written October 14, 2021
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Gary S
4 contributions
informative attraction
Oct 2021
A really interesting and informative attraction, spent over two hours here, I would recommend using the free audio guide as it tells you so much
Written October 8, 2021
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Trey C
Alberta, Canada205 contributions
Excellent tour
Sep 2021
The Churchill War Rooms were super interesting. At £25 it is a little expensive. Bought ticket in advance online to ensure entry and an audio tour tells the stories when you are there. The space itself is underwhelming, but there are original artifacts, and the history and importance is exceptional. Highly recommend for those into historic stories and sites.
Written October 6, 2021
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Emma W
Norwich, United Kingdom15 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyable museum!
Oct 2021
I was really looking forward to this visit and was not disappointed. The museum itself is well thought out and there is so much to see that i dont think i saw it all properly and will have to visit again.

Very interesting to see the conditions that the staff lived in and the displays about Churchill's life and achievements were great.

However, i did have an issue with a couple of things. Firstly, there were far too many people being allowed in. For a place like this you need time and space to be able to see and read everything properly. Sadly many times i felt like i was being forced to move on because i became aware of other people very close behind me. Especially in the churchill exhibition; too many people wandering in too many different directions made it difficult to get to all the exhibits and again i felt rushed.

Maybe a one-way system guiding people round would work much better.

Secondly, the cafe is very small for the size of the museum. I think i was expecting more from the menu as well. Hardly any choice and to be honest i'm not sure this can still be blamed on covid.

Those issues aside it is still definately worth a visit and i would recommend.
Written October 6, 2021
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kathy m
14 contributions
One of the BEST EVER!!
Oct 2021
Second time to visit this outstanding museum. Best suited for those interested in in depth overview of Churchill. Best for those who can listen attentively and read though a parent willing to help 'interpret/summarize' could provide a child with an amazing introduction to Churchill. We spent 4+ hours 10 years ago and 4+ hours this week and still have more to soak in and learn. Highly Recommend.
Written October 5, 2021
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Valoha5
Vancouver, Canada72 contributions
Super Cool!
Sep 2021
This is really a MUST!
I didn't know about this museum but a friend kept on us to go, so we did.
One tip our family has for our traveling friends out there: Take a good 3 Hours to see everything.
We went at 4:00pm and regretted not going earlier. It is a very detailed museum and it closes at 6:00pm on the DOT! The employees basically chase you out the door at 6:00!
We thought it quite odd but that's how it is at the Churchill War Rooms.
I wish we would have known how detailed it was and we would have reserved an earlier time slot.
Anyhow, what we did see, we loved and it was a super cool experience.

Written October 5, 2021
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Arline V
3 contributions
LOVE this museum!
Sep 2021
This is the third visit over the last twenty years that I have been to London. Love it each time I've gone and always learn more. Read The Splendid and The Vile before you visit. Time your visit so that you may observe the changing of the Horse Guards (if that interests you), which is right around the corner from the War Rooms. Don't miss this, you will be sorry if you do!
Written October 4, 2021
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Parkrunner71
212 contributions
Fascinating glimpse into a very important part of our nation's history
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our visit to the Churchill War Rooms was easy to prebook online a couple of days before our Saturday morning visit and allowed speedy, trouble free entry upon arrival. That said it wasn't busy at our scheduled entry time of 10.00am, so we probably wouldn't have had any issues without the booking.
The route through the War Rooms was still affected by Covid measures, so things were a bit out of sequence, but the use of the hand held audio guide made it easy to get the most out of the visit.
The War Rooms provided a fascinating glimpse into such an important part of our National and World history, the people who played a part in it and the environment in which they worked and lived. It was great to see and hear the video accounts of the War Rooms' staff, including the civilians and clerical staff who played an important role in the war effort. Their reflections provided an insight into their lives and their interactions with some of the more prominent figures, including Churchill himself, bringing added reality to these characters and the challenges they faced.
In addition to the War Rooms there is a significant section focused on Churchill from his early and family life, military career, political highs and lows, through to his death and the national reaction to it.
There is a lot to take in throughout both the War Rooms and the Churchill museum, so our visit extended over a couple of hours, by which time it was getting busier, and included a stop off in the cafe and souvenir shop.
Excellent throughout and would highly recommend to others.
Written October 2, 2021
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annie
Sale, UK234 contributions
As interesting as we'd expected
Sep 2021
I really only went for hubby's sake but actually it was very interesting. The only rubbish bit was having modern paintings on easels in front of the rooms themselves at the end which meant you couldn't see properly. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed it
Written September 28, 2021
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Gaz HD
Frankfurt, Germany77 contributions
I'm a IWM member but I found the war rooms to be a bit slow
Sep 2021
Bigger than you expect but it was a bit slow and the space meant that compromises had been made. I also found the story misjointed and the route around the rooms was not so clear and the story got lost.
Written September 23, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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