Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms, London

Churchill War Rooms
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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T L
Wisconsin48 contributions
Jan. 2022
A must-see if you are interested in World War II. Both the War Rooms and the Churchill Museum are well worth a visit.
Written 17 January 2022
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Susan G
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
Had a good time after our walking tour of Westminster. Audio guides are great to lead you around the underground complex and give lots on information.
Written 15 January 2022
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Nicholia J
Napa, CA5 contributions
Dec. 2021
This is not to be missed for any Churchill fans. Make sure to add this to your itinerary! We both felt this experience added a lot to our stay in London.
Written 12 January 2022
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Wilkyonline
Churston Ferrers, UK88 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
A good way to spend a few hours discovering what life was like in the WW2 bunker. Extensive museum on Churchill's life. Very informative.
Written 4 January 2022
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Capnblatch
Aigina107 contributions
Dec. 2021
Really enjoyed this, very informative... not least the temporary nature of the place! I love also the fact that it was largely abandoned at the end of the war, so left original, and protected as early as 1948. In particular, I did not realise that this is not only the Cabinet War Rooms, but also a major museum of Churchill's life, which is also very good.

Even to someone who thinks he knows a little bit about Churchill and WW2, this added a lot of information. The displays are superbly presented, there is a real sense of how it was (except, perhaps, the smell... I suspect it must have been quite 'distinctive' back in the day, with tobacco, rudimentary washing facilities, wet overcoats, cooking and wartime perfume!)

The displays are well laid out. Plenty of convenient places to 'take the weight off' and follow a video presentation. There is interactive stuff for those who like that and a massive amount to really significant historical artefacts... including quite a lot of Churchill's private possessions.

A big cheers to the staff, who are pro-active, friendly and massively well informed, and a particular shout out to the management, who have resisted the hard-sell approach to merchandise, even though it is important to the maintenance of the exhibition.

My 15 year old daughter really enjoyed this too... she was not bored at all, although we stayed about 3 hours. We could have stayed longer, if they hadn't closed.
Written 2 January 2022
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Peter D
Poughkeepsie, NY12 contributions
Dec. 2021
If you're a history buff, Churchill aficionado, or interested in another chapter of England's history, Churchill War Rooms is the place to be. Two hours minimum to scratch the surface of information in this building.
Written 1 January 2022
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Kathryn R
132 contributions
Dec. 2021
I love Churchill & didn't visit last time I came. I found it really interesting & incitive into what happened & how the people who worked there in the war lived at the time. You get aphone type thing to listen to commentary on when you get to different parts, and there are lots of picture and films to watch as well. I found it fascinating.
Written 30 December 2021
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Karila S
Los Angeles, CA7 contributions
Dec. 2021
As WWII is a really expansive well of facts & knowledge & history, the Churchill War Rooms was a great way to hone in on the British experience of the war. I would highly recommend the audio book to go with your tour, as you'll pass a lot of bunkers with interesting maps, old phones & broadcasting stations, and tunnels that you'll want to know the history behind! The main, interactive room alone could take you an hour and a half to complete.

If you're looking for a museum to comb thoroughly and get utterly lost in, you've got to come here!
Written 29 December 2021
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mhanley254
Waco, TX102 contributions
Nov. 2021
I almost didn't go because I've been here before & figured I'd already seen it. I am so glad I decided to go because they've definitely added more since I'd last been (we won't talk about how long ago that was).

To start, the staff was lovely. Friendly and helpful. It's pretty tight quarters in there, so we ended up getting stuck behind a few couples that weren't, ah, great about sharing the views, but soon enough there was space to move around a bit more. The audio guide is good and the rooms are laid out in a way to give you a good view of the displays, but I have to say the docents really make this experience second to none. We ran into a man whose name I sadly forget, who told us some fascinating stories about things we might have passed by. I particularly enjoyed his knowledge of Churchill quotes and his explanation behind the picture taken of Churchill and his generals after the armistice.

There's a lot to see here and we didn't get time for all of it. I would absolutely go back again. It was a great experience.
Written 21 December 2021
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Lisa M
Lynchburg, VA53 contributions
Dec. 2021
A must see if you have any interest at all in World War II and how the UK and it's allies pulled together to win the war. I cannot as an American come to grips what it was like to have London being bombed and the aftermath and the horror of all that. Along with the gumption of the people to come together.
Written 17 December 2021
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