Lascaris War Rooms
Lascaris War Rooms
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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 battles fought in the Mediterrean during the war. In July 1943, the Lascaris War Rooms served as the advance headquarters for the Invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky)by Generals Eisenhower, Montgomery, Alexander and Clark and Air Marshal Tedder and Admiral Cunningham. It went on being used under different forms by both the British services and Nato up to 1977.
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  • Miked9001
    Warrington, United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Very Interesting Tour
    Very interesting, and very informative. Tour guide Mike was a mine of information! Staff were very friendly, and it was one of those experiences where you came away wanting to know more. There are several films, and books that we will now seek out.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Kath M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating insight into Malta’s war experience.
    Visited today. Extremely interesting place where our guide Mike gave us a really fascinating talk about how the rooms were used during the war. So interesting to see the gadgets they used to organise the defence of the island.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Alessandra B
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to visit
    handle by an association of nice people. Very well "kept instate" place with good sings and free audio guide. We spend there a very long and very intestine time. There is also a guide tour with well prepared guides.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Scotty M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Expose on WW2 operations in the Med
    This establishment is immaculate. So much has been put into discussing the conflict and context of combined multi-domain warfare & mission command in the Mediterranean theatre during WW2. Exceptional; pairs well with the Malta at War experience in Borla. This is worthy of a staff ride for professional military organizations or history buffs. Cannot recommend highly enough.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Amy W
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stellar knowledge and friendly staff.
    The War Rooms are an excellent spot to visit in Valletta. With such a rich historical heritage, it would be criminal not to check out a spot whilst on holiday. The underground nature means that the museum was a very welcome break from the 40°c heat of the day. We set off on our own but soon joined the tour led by Mike. His knowledge was excellent and clearly he has done a lot of reading and research. He was insightful and answered the questions everyone had in a lot of depth and detail. I would have loved to have a longer chat with him. The War Rooms themselves are well restored with lots of fantastic original bits and bobs like radio relays and headsets alongside replica plotting tables. Just be aware that whilst there is a small cafe in the site, there is no toilet actually *in* the War Rooms, it is out the end of the tunnel that leads to it so a short walk away, or alternatively in the nearby bus terminal.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Julia O
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lascaris war rooms visit
    Mark was our tour guide and he was fantastic. So knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. Very atmospheric going underground and trying to imagine the tension and incredible decision making that was going on in such a basic small space.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • illinoissammie
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Malta's War Rooms
    Jean gave us a wonderful tour of the War Rooms providing lots of fascinating historical information. He obviously knows a great deal about Malta's history both before and during WWll since he easily answered the many questions that we asked. We did do the tunnels ourselves after the tour but they definitely were not as interesting as Jean's tour of the War Rooms.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Veronika V
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Experience
    This was an amazing experience! The guided tour of the facilities was done in an engaging manner and it was a lot of fun. We completely failed to notice that it went by so quickly. That is how much we were engrossed in the tour. Mark was a great guide, knowledgeable and entertaining! We learnt a great deal of fascinating facts about the place itself as well as Malta's role in WWII. There is a lot to see in the Lascaris War Rooms and we highly recommend everyone to visit this place steeped in history to experience it themselves.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Emma C
    Kidsgrove, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab place l, a must do in Valetta
    Really interesting place to visit, absolutely amazed that this place was used to plan the defence and attacks in WWII. Our guide Mark was great, very knowledgeable. Worth the money in my opinion and a must-do in Valetta
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Keith Ellul
    Malta47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Today we headed to Lascaris War Rooms in Valletta with my fellow colleagues, an event organised by ISL Malta Ltd. It was another great learning experience, the tour guide Mike is extremely passionate and knowledgeable. His British English makes the experience much better. We enjoyed it. I recommend this tour. Well done 👏 👏
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
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JonoPingPongo
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
*Firstly, I am a bit of a WW2 nerd and have travelled all over the world visiting historical sites and so this might be a bit biased but it'll be a very honest review. My partner on the other hand is mostly bored by such sites.

So, our visit was on a very rainy day in Valletta and so we chose to stay away from the outside and keep underground instead. Our tour guide James (who it turns out is the Manager) greeted us and told us the tour would start in 15mins and even came to find us when it started. He took us down to the plotting room (or filter room) where the tour started.

His level of knowledge was phenomenal, extremely impressive and for someone who has clearly explained the same information many, many times over, he still brings the tour and history to life. He was happy to answer the many questions I had and knew the answer to every single one. You can also clearly see his enthusiasm for the job and the history of the tunnels. I've seen many tour guides on my travels and James is one of the best (and I don't say that lightly)....even my partner Kelly enjoyed it!

Due to the weather and the friendliness of the staff, we were in no hurry to leave. It was a pleasure.

For people in a hurry, the audio tour would probably be quicker and sufficient but the guided tour is definitely worth it to fully explain the importance of these rooms and hear the amazing stories around them.
Written September 14, 2020
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lianath
Olsztyn, Poland89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
If you are a history buff or simply like mysterious paces- that;s your thing. I would highly recommend buying the combined ticket for all the offered attractions and diligently visiting each and every one. The staff is enthusiastic and share their knowledge with enthusiasm. Actually to my surprise I found it more interesting than War Rooms in London. NOTE: there is one more tour, which has been opened lately- The Unfinished Tunnel- it is striking, amazing and authentic! No staging, the tunnels have been discovered recently and have been untouched for many years, thus giving us the chance to see 'the real thing'. Ask for the tour in Lascaris War Rooms and go!
Written November 6, 2020
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Bonnie151
Livingston, UK318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
When we arrived we were offered an audio tour or to wait 45 minutes for the next tour. We were quite happy to wait the 45 minutes- there’s a little cafe bit where you can have a coffee while you wait. It was well worth the wait. We ended up being the only people on the tour with Mike. He’d come over to chat with us earlier, giving us recommendations on books to read, and then took us on the tour. He was great- clearly loves doing the tours and brought the war rooms to life. We learned so much about the role of Malta during the war and I’d highly recommend waiting for a tour if you visit.

It’s a great little museum with such friendly helpful staff- the man at the ticket desk was also lovely, giving lots of information and answering questions. At the end of the tour, go back into Valletta via the lift (which was not operating when we were there but there are stairs next to it) instead of from the bottom of the Barraka Gardens for a different perspective.
Written October 23, 2021
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Mymichmashlife
Berlin, Germany56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I went right after the opening from COVID and so it was free! Don’t know how long that will last but was a nice surprise. The staff are very friendly and eager for guests. You do have to have a temperature check, and wear a mask. You also have to pay by card only! I paid €2 extra for the Audioguide and I would recommend this as there is not much listed information. The museum consists of 2 floors underground beneath the Barrakka gardens. It’s a process to get there quite a long walk down to the bowels of the city but also quite interesting. You walk through a tunnel that leads into the bunker museum. Architecturally it is fascinating just like the whole city. The rooms are filled with furniture and things from the time of WW2 and looks great. But there is not much printed information. I would have preferred more details! As such allow about 30 minutes tops for the museum.
Written July 8, 2020
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Moira F
Dumfries and Galloway, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were pleasantly surprised by this venue. Mike was our guide and the way he explained how the site worked made it all come to life. It is so well preserved you almost hear the noise when it was in use. And the stories of what people did to keep us all safe if worth a visit as a way of paying your respects to those who died. You must go...
Written February 19, 2020
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Located 40m under the Upper Barracca in Valletta these 'war rooms' represent one of Malta's best kept secrets from WW2. A network of underground chambers and corridors that were the HQ of the British Command during the defence of Malta and the war that was raging in the Mediterranean. A museum and a military heritage monument 'Lascaris War Rooms' are a fascinating place to visit, especially so, but not exclusively, for those that love military history. The Operations Rooms with their large map tables were particularly interesting. Their is also a well stock gift / book shop. Adult entry cost was €13.00 and it was worth every cent. I highly recommend a visit to this amazing War HQ.
Written November 18, 2021
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BeneluxBeerHound
Eindhoven, NL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
On our visit we explored the Lascaris War Rooms on a personalised guided tour led by Umberto (official guide, included in the ticket price). Umberto turned out to be an excellent guide: informative, enthusiastic, and with an in-depth knowledge of historical events that brought the exhibition to life. Highly recommended.
Written March 13, 2022
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AlexTheJock
Wigston, UK3,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
My wife, myself and two long-time friends were visiting Valletta whilst holidaying in Malta and whilst wandering around the streets noticed a sign for the War Rooms. We were a bit off the beaten track and had never heard of this attraction before, but thought that we would give it a go and we’re certainly glad that we did. Even with the signs it was fairly difficult to find the front door probably due to the direction that we had approached from, but we persevered and were soon at the payment counter. It cost €11 each on the Senior Citizens rate, and this was good value for money as there is quite a lot to see. You are given multimedia devices that tells the story pertinent to the room you have entered. This works brilliantly and most times we would take a seat and listen to all of the commentary, which was informative and enhanced the whole experience. The site has been excellently restored to its former glory and it was so interesting that we spent quite a long time looking at all it had to offer. Well worth a visit.
Written April 4, 2022
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CatHarrison501
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
These war rooms have been restored to a high standard - no obvious damp or mould, which is quite an achievement considering they were previously partially flooded. I don’t think they receive funding either, just entry fee and donations, so even more of an achievement. The tour, courtesy of Mike, was very descriptive and well worth it. There’s a small cafe on site if you arrive early for a tour, there’s also a toilet should you need it, back up the tunnel. You get the key from counter staff.
Written February 23, 2020
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eleanorferguson
prudhoe97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
They have brought these rooms back up to what they were like when the Malta defence was being Ng conducted in 1940-43. The guide was excellent and brought it all too life. Malta at one point was the most bombed place on earth.
Also the guide explained the rooms role in the invasion of Sicily in 1943- Op Husky
Written February 19, 2020
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