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

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

4 Star Rating This is the place from which Churchill conducted the war. It's well preserved and is exactly as it was at the time. There is a long queue. So it's worth booking online to save time waiting. The pantry is boring but the gift shop is nice. There is also a memorial and it's nice and they present all facts well. But there is no fixed path to the memorial and it can be confusing to navigate. Audio guide is included in entry fee.

Navin Kamath - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Great experience and very insightful. You really get a sense of what it would have been like underground in the narrow corridors and they do a great job of recreating the rooms as they were. Definitely use the audio guide provided for the best insights. Worthwhile booking online to save a few £’s.

Oliver Lee - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Really good insight into (not just the war rooms and all those who worked there), but also Winston Churchill's lifestyle and work ethic and habits. Highly recommended to visit early in the day, as it gets quite busy throughout. Expect to be spending about 2 to 3 hours for the full benefit. I recommended to take advantage of the free audio guide.

Stuart Lewis - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating Really cool museum that is focused on Churchill. The audio guide was really good and so where the exhibits. Because it was small you should book a time in advance. It really gave you a feel of how it was like there with all the people and tight hallways. We spend about 90 minutes there and didn't even go through the entire museum about the rest of his life. I think I would enjoy the movie Darkest Hour a lot more now after going through this.

Alex Sneed Miller - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The whole museum is extensive. You could probably spend 3-4 hours if you really read everything. The Churchill Museum which is a separate museum that is apart of the rooms in and of itself is a 2+ hour exhibit full of great history about Churchill. You can spend as little or long as you’d like here. The rooms though are incredible and feel like they haven’t been touched since the war. The map room is where it all hits home and is the finale of the tour. It’s just so cool seeing it and knowing its history. Well worth the visit and the queue. Don’t worry, the queue outside was out to the sidewalk of the street and was less than 30 minutes.

Josh Howard - 1 month ago

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