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Highlights of the Churchill War Rooms Tour

Part of London's Imperial War Museum, here you can get firsthand insight into political life in Britain during the Second World War.

10 Downing Street
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10 Downing Street

This has been the residence of all British prime ministers since 1905 and has become an iconic building for all visitors to London.

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Some of London's most turbulent history has taken place between the Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster. Guy Fawkes, the fire of 1834...

Cabinet War Rooms

Cabinet War Rooms

This is where Churchill and his Cabinet Ministers hid in while London was bombed during the Second World War, and where Britain's military strategy against Germany was conceived.

Transatlantic Telephone Room

The top secret room looks exactly like something out of a James Bond movie - indeed, this is where the British government made their communications to the Americans during the war.

Monument to Women of World War II
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Monument to Women of World War II

The bronze monument on Whitehall was unveiled in 2005 and recognizes British women's potential in the workforce. In the WWII, they were integral in the manufacture of munitions.

Our insider tips

When is it open?

The rooms are open all year round except December 24th, 25th, and 26th. Opening times are 9:30AM to 6:00PM, with last admission at 5PM.

Is photography allowed?

You are allowed to take photos in the war rooms, but not in the museum.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Daily 9:30AM to 6:00PM, except December 24th, 25th and 26th.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult single tickets without donation start at £16.35. Discounts for groups available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    By tube: The Jubilee, District or Circle Line to Westminster, or the District or Circle Line to St. James's Park.
  • Additional information
    Private tours are available directly with the museum.

What people are saying about Churchill War Rooms

Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 1,517 reviews

Great tour, and so easy with this service!

This was one of the best tours I've ever been on! The guides for the walking tour were looking for us to arrive and just asked for our names. Rosie, the guide for our group was extremely friendly and knowledgeable! I'd definitely go with her again! She provided headsets, so there was no trouble hearing everything she had to say. We had an opportunity to sit down in the shade at one point. Then we were dropped off at the War Room Tour. I'd allow at least 3 hours to see the Churchill Museum and the War Rooms. An audio guide was included with the price. I have minor claustrophobia, but managed fine even though we were underground those few hours. There are marked exits and personnel available throughout, so that helped. But if you have a great deal of problem with claustrophobia, this is not the tour for you. It was, to sum up, memorable and inspiring! I can't say enough!

Great Tour Guide & the only way to skip the line in Churchill's War Rm

The tour guide gave a great overview of the City of Westminster, things I wouldn't have seen just walking through myself. Churchill's War room doesn't have guided tours or skip the line entry - except for this tour, as far as I could find. When we got to the entrance, there was a long line but we walked right in - spending the past hour touring Westminster rather than just standing in the sun.

The walking tour of Westminster was excellent--brought history to life

The walking tour of Westminster was excellent--the guide brought history to life, with many interesting stories. The War Rooms tour was really interesting, but I was surprised to find out that portion was not guided and instead was an audio guide tour. That should be noted, so people can decide if that's what they want. Because I'm hearing impaired, that was not really a good option for me.

Nice walking tour....well timed to see changing of horses at palace.

Guide did a great job keeping the group moving and informing along the way. She timed our arrival at the palace and positioned us for optimal photos. Also good job skipping the line at the Churchill war rooms. Would have liked her sign/flag to match the tour name or say "get your guide".

A real feel for what life must have been like living below ground

What I liked most about the tour was getting as feel for life below ground while bombing was happening above. How did they know what life looked like 'out there.' As an American, I was able to put a timeline on why it took us so long to join the fight.

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