Churchill War Rooms

The Churchill War Rooms have been restored to their original state providing visitors with a strong sense of this time in history

Inside the Map Room in the Churchill War Rooms Museum
Inside the Map Room in the Churchill War Rooms Museum cc licensed photo by John Antoni Griffiths

The Churchill War Rooms is a museum located in the original Cabinet War Rooms which were central to the strategic operations of the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Airforce during World War II. In 1984 the rooms were restored to their original state and opened to the public as a museum and subsequently, in 2003, there was a further expansion that added the quarters used to house Churchill along with his wife and associates.

This museum is part of the Imperial War Museums and offers visitors insights and a feel for one of the darker times in our modern history. The main hub of activity in the War Rooms was the map room where intelligence was gathered and displayed around the clock by officers and daily briefings were prepared for the chiefs of staff, the Prime Minister and the King.

During the latter part of the war another room, the Transatlantic Telephone Room, was used for a special encrypted telephone that allowed Churchill to make secure calls to President Roosevelt in Washington.

Today this museum receives over 300,000 visitors each year. The Churchill War Rooms are open daily from 9:30 am until 6 pm except for December 24-26. This museum does have an admission charge, however anyone aged 15 and under is free and admission is also free with the London Pass.

There are many other attractions within easy walking distance of the Churchill War Rooms Museum. Some of these include The Horse Guards Parade, Saint James's Park, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. These attractions can be nicely combined into a memorable one or two day walking tour.

For more information about the Churchill War Rooms as well as exhibitions and hours visit their official website.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, however admission is free with a London Pass.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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

Address: Clive Steps, King Charles St, Westminster, London SW1A 2AQ, UK

Phone: 020 7416 5000

Official Website: Churchill War Rooms

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Circle, District and Jubilee LineWestminster8 minutes
Northern and Bakerloo LineCharing Cross10 minutes

How to get to Churchill War Rooms by Tube

From Charing Cross Station exit to Trafalger Square and exit the roundabout onto The Mall and then go south (left) on Horse Guards Road to the entrance just right of the Clive steps and monument.

From Westminster Station take Exit 6 and go left out of the underpass, then go right on Great George Street and right onto Horse Guards Road to the entrance just right of the Clive Steps and monument.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Churchill War Rooms Star Rating

5 Star Rating To be completely honest, I thought It was just the bunker that Churchill used during the war and i would of been completely satisfied with that alone. I didn't realize that there is a whole section dedicated to his life; both early and late. This massive underground structure made my day soo much better. I do wish however that we were allowed to move through each room of the bunker as if it was in true operation but that's just me dreaming. A good visit for half the day and the rest you can visit Trafalgar square, House Calvary Museum, as well as any of the major historic pubs along the street.

Taras Gryba - 14 hours ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place. Fascinating insight into a strategic element of the war time effort, with immaculately preserved items from the time. The museum also provides an abundance of information on the various rooms in the bunker and Churchill's life with audioguides available in a number of languages. We booked in advance and recommend to do this as queues were large for those turning up on the day.

Matthew Green - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating A time capsule and at times quite moving, what these people (and the man) did to safeguard the future of generations to come. Worth a visit, even if you're not a history buff. Perfect for a rainy day. Definitely book tickets online, the queues are long if you just turn up.

Daniel Sabatino Leclair - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Loved it. Spent 3 and a half hours here. Adult ticket £22 on door, and includes free audio guide (29 clearly signposted and very informative stops as part of this). Completely worth it. Can also buy a guidebook for an additional £5 (didn't so can't comment). Incredibly informative. So much of it has been preserved or brilliantly restored. Varied sections too, so some items are interactive, whilst there are longer videos with seating provided at others. My one recommendation is to eat shortly before entering as you'll likely be there so long you'll want to eat again before leaving. Also the cafe only had a few pricey snacks when I passed through.

Conor Costelloe - 14 days ago

4 Star Rating So much information! Nicely curated and audio guides are great. Would recommend booking in advance, however still be prepared to stand in a queue even if you do have priority tickets. Tickets seemed a bit pricey at first, but it is actually really good value for money given how much there is actually to see. The museum also has an extensive bit on Churchill's whole life and journey into politics. Definitely worth a visit.

Danielle Lloyd - 1 month ago

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