Churchill War Rooms
Churchill War Rooms
4.5
Military MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory 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
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.
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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  • kmccane
    Kansas City, Missouri159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolutely wonderful museum experience!
    I’d been here before, but the expansive Churchill museum was new to me. I couldn’t get my husband out of the place! Very well done, great use of technology throughout the museum. I recalled the good audio tour of the war rooms themselves, the museum was a big added plus this time around!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Wander80797
    Sidcup, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unplanned visit to Churchill War Rooms
    This turned out to be far more interesting and informative than I could have guessed. The way the rooms have been preserved true to when they were in use makes it a really good experience, and I learned FAR more than I expected. I will be going back as I only allowed an hour and it was nowhere near enough time.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Joanne B
    Chesterfield, Virginia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Include The Churchill War Rooms on your London itinerary!
    What a privilege to be in the physical space that still breathes with the legacy of commitment, strength, hope, sacrifice, and ultimate victory of the Allies, as led by the indomitable Winston Churchill and the British Military. Every century has but 1 or 2 people who possess the genius to so ably lead a country during peace and war. The self guided tour (with free audio) is amazing and chilling, as it remains barely changed from 80 year gone. The Churchill Museum is modern and well done with multimedia presentations, and artifacts going back to Churchill’s early life. But WWII rightfully takes center stage there.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Wayne G
    Troy, Michigan23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Churchill Life Story + WW II
    They've added a tremendous amount of Churchill family history, artifact displays, to the war rooms. Audio guide OK; a bit cumbersome; best not be in any hurry. 2 hours is needed to digest so much stuff. The on-site restaurant was a welcomed surprise - needed a break.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 27 June 2023
  • Bill K
    160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    War Rooms
    Incredible story is told here! So much history and the life of an amazing patriot is shown in painstaking detail. Any history buff would love this place! The museum tells Churchill's life story and the war rooms depict how he ran WWII from his underground outpost.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • drpeplow
    Des Plaines, Illinois52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learning about “Their Finest Hour”
    If you are a student of history and you want to know more about the history of the Second World War then you should visit this historic site. The staff at the site is very knowledgeable and accommodating especially if you’re interested in learning about this historic site. I was there for about 2-2 1/2 hours and it was amazing but not enough time as there was so much to learn about the Prime Minister. The amount of detail in this museum is incredible. I was just fascinated by the number of hats that have been preserved for future generations of historians to come to view. I knew that Churchill’s mum was an American so he had ties with America. The amount of correspondence presented and preserved is incredible. Historians have a treasure trove here to study and learn more about this war time legacy. The only thing that I was surprised was just how small the war rooms were. The amount of space was limited but the incredible amount of work that was produced from this small space was amazing. If you are looking for something that is amazing look no further than here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Jacki Mac
    Litchfield Park, Arizona62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great History of a Great Man
    If you are a fan of history and, in particular World War 2, then don't miss this tour! So much to read and see. We travelled over from the US and watched The Darkest Hour movie on our table which enhanced our understanding of Winston Churchill and the war rooms. Make sure to book online well in advance as it can sell out. It is a timed entry but once you are in you can stay as long as it is open. We were there at 1030 and spent about 2 hours touring. The entry time you select below is the earliest you can arrive. Your entry time slot covers the following thirty minutes. Each ticket includes a free audio guide. It was a short walk from the Westminster tube station. Be advised the Imperial War Museum and the Churchill War Rooms are different tours in very different places. The tickets are all booked through the Imperial War Museums site. The War Rooms are a fee and the Imperial War Museum London is free.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Richard Y
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great learning experience
    Very nice and you get to learn alot about the war and Mr. churchill that you won't learn at school. It was wonderous and amazing and you could spend hours here. The kids got tired after 2 1/2 hours, we could have stayed more. Book ahead of time, Queue is long, even for people with appointments
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • frankg_2011
    Chino Hills, California129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Churchill and the British military command were here
    Great to see how WWII in the UK was led from the early days from the Battle of Britain to the onslaught of V1 and V2 attacks. To actually see the rooms: maps, communication, offices/bedrooms, Churchill's bedroom brought all the war documentaries to life. Docents are available (and helpful) for questions if the audio guide is insufficient. Being a bunker of sorts, space is a little bit cramped especially on a weekend. Location is right in the middle of London, minutes from Parliament and Elizabeth Tower/Big Ben and 10 Downing Street. Could've spend longer here, but two hours sounds about right.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Gizmo311
    Boston, Massachusetts464 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Tour
    We did not get to see the Churchill War Rooms on our last trip to London, so this was #1 on our list of things to do this time around. We were definitely not disappointed! All of the exhibits and displays are presented in a thoughtful way that keeps you engaged. And the audio guides were excellent as well. We had expected to spend maybe 1.5 hrs there, but we ended up spending over 3 hrs since it was so interesting. The middle part of the tour, which focuses on the life of Winston Churchill was especially interesting to us. We learned a lot. We would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting London. Consider either pre-booking your tickets or getting there right when they open (that's what we did), as the lines will get pretty long as the day goes on.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
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Bs R
Atlanta, GA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A fascinating, in depth study of the seat of power for Great Britain during the second World War. Lets you experience what life was like for the 6 years that Great Britain fought Germany in the underground enclave where Churchill and the other leaders lived and worked.
Written 19 June 2024
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Happy eater
Devon, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A late review for a visit last year but we plan to go again. I have visited before on a college trip but a very long time ago! It’s even better now.

The Churchill exhibition is excellent and really adds to the war rooms, the rooms were locked up and left just as they are at the end of the war so it feels authentic.

The shop is very good. The lady in the cafe was really friendly, the cafe is small and municipal in feel which fits with the surroundings. They were serving Good & Proper tea which is a really nice brand.

It could feel crowded but we went just after opening in the school holidays and it was fine.

The area nearby has St James Park, the Guards Museum and the Household Cavalry Museum. We’d like to visit one of the museums next time. Downing St and Trafalgar Square are nearby. (Downing St is basically looking at a big fancy gate not what you see on tv).

St James Park is lovely and leads to Green Park and past Buckingham Palace. So good for a walk before or after the war rooms and particularly if you have children who want some space.
Written 19 June 2024
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longbeachlarry
Long Beach, NY27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I had so many people tell me how great Churchill War Rooms was that I was apprehensive that it would live up to the hype. It surpassed my expectations! Seeing where Churchill actually was running things during the war was so interesting. There was so much information that even though we spent a couple of hours there, we could have spent hours more if we wanted to read everything. So glad we got to see it. On the flight back to NY, we watched The Darkest Hour so we could see all the places again "in use". Definitely worth a visit!
Written 18 June 2024
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Mineral2004
Philadelphia, PA228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
It was so crowded!!! Since it’s a bunker the hallways are only two person wide. It’s a maze. I was pretty miserable.

My partner loved the audio guide and spent 4 hours. He said it was one of his favorite things.

I spent 20 minutes then enjoyed tea and biscuit, people watching (benches are after the cafe and have some wider space) and then I bought a book and went back to the cafe. BRING PLUG IN HEADPHONES. The audio guide is the phone and I hate holding that to my ear. Overall go. It’s neat. It’s pricy though! Wear a mask if you’re prone to illnesses (I didn’t care for lack of ventilation), don’t go if you’re claustrophobic. Don’t plan “only 2 hours” as the museum is probably 2 hours. That is in the center.

Bathroom is only at the start/finish as it’s a circle so that sucks with little kids who those who drink too much tea. You have to navigate tight spaces and hallways to go back and forth.

Staff were all so nice!!! They provided smiles and laughs and told us good job for finishing in 4 hours.
Written 17 June 2024
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a fascinating museum showing where Churchill conducted the war during the Blitz. You can see the rooms that Churchill and his advisors worked, lived and slept in, preserved as they were at the time. There is also an extensive section about Churchill's life. The museum is located a short walk from Westminster tube station. There is a good quality cafe in the museum.
Written 17 June 2024
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Ben S
Newtown, United States12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
It was quite an experience, and we learned so much! It was chilling to think that, as Hitler was bombing London, Churchill and many brave men and women were risking their lives to literally be the Command Center where all of England's war strategy was plotted and carried out. They lived underground in this makeshift community under harsh conditions for months, never knowing if the bombs going off all around them would finally find them. (They never did!) The entire experience takes you through Churchill's life, from childhood, his political life, the war years, and the years after the war, right on through his death. It's an eye-opening experience that everyone should, and needs, to see!
Written 17 June 2024
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I cant eat it all
Greater London, UK711 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Had a work meeting inside the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, so I availed myself for a tour. Wonderful glimpse into the nerve centre of Churchill's war effort and the amazing work of those that were stationed there. Using communication methods that were a world away from our modern systems, were an incredible feat. A super insight into an integral part of our history.

You could almost smell the aroma of Churchill's cigars!
Written 13 June 2024
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RoyaltyC
Calgary, Canada409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I didn't buy ticket in advance as I wanted to go to Westminster and St. James' Park in the same area. I dropped by before 11am and saw a short line. I was in after 10 minute wait. The ticket was 32 GBP if I remember correctly. It comes with an audio guide. The ticketing staff was welcoming. The place was packed with people. It was amazing to be in a place that had such a significant history. I learned interesting information about Churchchill and the war. It's great that so much artefacts of the time have been reserved after a long time. It was an immersive experience.
Written 10 June 2024
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Eleanor P
North Walsham, UK50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The Churchill War rooms were very interesting. The only real criticism I had was there isn’t enough seating. I went with my mum who is in her 70s and there were a few occasions where she wouldn’t have minded sitting down but couldn’t. Also, the layout was quite confusing if you sorted this out it would be amazing
Written 9 June 2024
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PtLomafoodie
San Diego, CA1,167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I got same day tickets easily for CHURCHILL’S WAR ROOMS. The tickets are for a specific TIME, which reduces the wait to enter.

The War Rooms were built in the basement of WHITEHALL. It of course has no windows, and is well lit by electric lights.
The museum includes the rooms in which people worked, slept, dined, and also rooms with old films, & facts of the war and of Winston Churchill’s life.

It was very interesting and I saw many high school aged children on school tours.

There are also a CAFE, GIFT SHOP, and bathrooms for tourists.
Written 9 June 2024
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