Churchill War Rooms

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

  • 4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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

4.3 / 5

based on 765 reviews

We had Chris as our guide. He was knowledgeable, engaging and considerate of the group’s needs. It was a terrific experience which our family of two adults and one college-aged son really enjoyed. Would highly recommend this tour even for folks who have been to London several times but have never had an ‘insider’ view of the history. Thank-you Chris!!

Our tour guide, David, was very informative, entertaining and made the visit thoroughly enjoyable. The walk around BigBen/Parliament/Westminster Abbey was loaded with historical facts necessary to understand the context of the war rooms. The war rooms are well preserved and the audio tour has an excellent balance of facts and brevity.

Our tour guide was called Henry and he was brilliant. He was knowledgeable, funny and very friendly. The tour was amazing and the information really brought the history to life. Thank you Henry

Knowledgeable tour guide except knowledge of Jousting as reason for driving on the left :-). Jousters ride to the right of the barrier. Just a friendly rib here. He was good.

Fantastic service . We used many of the different lines. All the guides were lovely , cheerful, funny and very welcoming. Great entertainment as we saw all of London