Churchill War Rooms and Museum

Visit Churchill War Rooms to discover the original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz.  Explore the historic rooms and hear about the secret history, military strategies and secrets that were discussed in these underground tunnels.  Find out more about the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill in the interactive Churchill Museum which is the first major museum in the world solely dedicated to this former Prime Minister.

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Tour Highlights

  • Entrance to the Churchill War Rooms
  • Free audio-guides available in eight different languages
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Churchill War Rooms

Visit Churchill War Rooms to discover the original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz.  Explore the historic rooms and hear about the secret history, military strategies and secrets that were discussed in these underground tunnels.  Find out more about the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill in the interactive Churchill Museum which is the first major museum in the world solely dedicated to this former Prime Minister.  It uses fascinating multimedia displays and cutting-edge technology to explore Churchill’s world -from devoted letters he wrote to his wife, to photo and film clips of his early life.  Hear extracts from Churchill’s rousing wartime speeches as you stand on the squares to activate Churchill’s voice delivering now-familiar phrases such as ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’ and ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’.

The Cabinet War Rooms

Deep beneath the bustle of London lie the original Cabinet War Rooms – today part of the Churchill War Rooms – which sheltered the people at the heart of Britain’s wartime government during the Blitz.  Today you can immerse yourself in this fascinating piece of living history by discovering the underground maze of historic rooms that once buzzed with round-the-clock planning and plotting, strategies and secrets.

The Churchill Museum

Uncover the man behind the image at the Churchill Museum, housed within the Churchill War Rooms.  It is the first major museum in the world solely dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill, using cutting-edge technology and multimedia displays to bring his story to life.

Undercover: Life in Churchill’s Bunker

Find out what it was really like in the Cabinet War Rooms during the war.  Hear about the conditions underground, the camaraderie, the secrecy, the fear of attack, and the experience of working in close proximity to Churchill.



Important Information

Venue Information

Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ

Nearest Train Stations

Charing Cross (10-minute walk)
Victoria (15-minute walk)
Waterloo (20-minute walk)

Nearest Underground: Westminster or St James’s Park

Bus Routes: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 109, 148, 159, 184, 211, 453

Opening times

9:30am – 18:00pm (last admission at 17:00pm)

Exceptions

24th to 26th December – Closed



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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