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Dover Castle Admission Ticket

1. Dover Castle Admission Ticket

Step into the vibrant world of Henry II’s medieval royal palace and follow lifelike hologram figures round the private chambers, guest rooms, and great hall, along with the kitchen and armories. After immersing yourself in life at the 12th-century court, climb to the roof of the Great Tower for amazing panoramic views over the huge medieval castle, which was one of the strongest in England. Enjoy the unique experience of the secret wartime tunnels, telling the story of the 1940 Miracle of Dunkirk using film, audio, and archive photography. Witness the evacuation of over 300,000 British and allied troops as the rescue operation is played out before your eyes.

London: Secrets of the London Underground Walking Tour

2. London: Secrets of the London Underground Walking Tour

The London Underground, or the 'Tube' as it is more commonly known, is more than just a transport network- it is an icon of London and the lifeblood of the city; every year, more than 1.3 billion passengers journeys are made across its 270 stations. The tour begins at the historic Baker Street Station, one of the original stops on the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway. During the course of the tour an expert guide will bring the fascinating history of the London Underground to life as they tell the story of the 'Tube's' evolution including how trains moved from steam-powered to electrified rails, how the very first tunnels of the underground were built, why more than 40 stations have been left abandoned, and the story of the famous 'roundel' underground symbol. Find out which station lies above the remains of 1000 bodies, how the tube was re-purposed and used as a refuge during the Blitz as well as an aircraft factory and storage for the treasures of the British Museum, and which stations are reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of a Pharaoh's daughter and even a nun.

London: Walking Tour and Churchill War Rooms Entry

3. London: Walking Tour and Churchill War Rooms Entry

Explore the incredible sights of London on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions. Start the tour in the beautiful area of Green Park and then head on to Westminster. Along the way, marvel at the amazing Buckingham Palace, home to The Royal Family, peer into Downing Street, residence of the Prime-minister, and watch the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Journey passed the stunning Westminster Abbey, the historical Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, then onto Queen Victoria Fountain, Trafalgar Square, and Pall Mall. Next, visit the Churchill War Rooms and learn the rich history of the place from which Churchill directed the Second World War. Here, learn the stories of the staff who spent thousands of vital hours working and sleeping at the Cabinet War Rooms.

Liverpool: Western Approaches WWII Museum Ticket

4. Liverpool: Western Approaches WWII Museum Ticket

Explore Western Approaches HQ, which was a top-secret bunker vital to the war effort during WWII. Explore the labyrinth of rooms where over 300 people secretly worked during the war years. Walk through hidden rooms and discover how operations in the bunker protected the tactics of the British Armed Forces on the Western Approaches. See the documents and tools which were used to monitor enemy convoys, and subsequently, inform the British government. Discover one of only two surviving wartime phones which had a direct connection to the London War Cabinet. See where Commanders, the Women's Royal Naval Service, and Women's Auxiliary Air Force personnel worked day and night in the Operations Room. Learn how they monitored convoy routes and vital shipping lines, pin-pointing enemy locations on a huge map wall. Discover a recreated war-torn street with shops, a pub and even an unexploded bomb, to get a sense of how life was for citizens during the war.

Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket

5. Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket

Enjoy a visit to Portsmouth’s fascinating D-Day Story and learn about this pivotal event that changed the course of World War Two. The D-Day Story is told in four parts, The Landing Craft Tank 7074, Preparation, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and the Overlord Embroidery. Discover the story of this fateful day through a series of exhibitions, workshops, and other activities, as well as over 10,000 fascinating items and artifacts. The D-Day Story is told through the personal accounts and possessions of the people who were there, and brought to life through stunning audio-visual presentations. By the end of your visit, you’ll have a better understanding of D-Day, and a renewed sense of respect for those who were part of it.

London: Spy & Espionage Small-Group Tour

6. London: Spy & Espionage Small-Group Tour

Explore the shadowy world and gain a new perspective of London that few know or ever hear about - a tale of treachery, tragedy, and subterfuge. Learn about Britain's top intelligence agencies and the different roles they play in protecting the country. See the home of MI6- famously featured in several James Bond movies - the headquarters of MI5 and visit the public 'dead drop' sites where spies exchanged top-secret information. Discover the locations used by Intelligence Services to recruit their agents, and be shaken and stirred by the stories of some of Britain's most infamous traitors and double agents.

London: Ghastly Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

7. London: Ghastly Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Go off the beaten path on a 2-hour after dark walking tour of London, and learn about the city’s ghastly ghosts and ghouls. Meet your guide at All Hallows by-the-Tower, one of the oldest churches in London, with a Saxon arch and recycled Roman tiles. Surrounded by the City of London’s skyscrapers and trendy restaurants, it’s hard to imagine the full extent of London's haunted past, but as you sneak down the dark streets of "the world's best city," your guide will regale you with tales of ghouls, ghosts, and specters. Feel the chills down your spine as London’s dark history is brought to life. Hear stories of unspeakable suffering, blood-curdling crime, and horrid murders. London is full to the brim with terrible tales of midnight monsters and devilish demons. Dare to walk in the footsteps of the unexplained, and experience a terrifying walk through the historic City of London, starting at the Tower of London and ending at St Paul's Cathedral.

London: Winston Churchill and World War II

8. London: Winston Churchill and World War II

Learn the devastating history of London during World War 2. Discover how one man carried a nation’s weight of expectation on his shoulders, as London was mercilessly bombed by the Nazis, Winston Churchill plotted victory from the streets of London and operations room in Westminster. Hear about London during the Blitz, the courage of ordinary people in the face of terror, and see the city through the eyes of the iconic Prime Minister. Use old photos and incredible stories to invoke the famous Blitz Spirit. On your journey into the heart of Westminster, take in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street, and Whitehall, see war memorials, a bomb escape hatch, Churchill’s statue, and more.

London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

9. London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

Join a guided private historical walking tour around London with your live guide, a fellow historian lover. Enjoy a day exploring all the iconic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms. Learn all about World War II, when on September 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany sparked a lightning war on London, dropping bombs across the city and beginning 57 consecutive nights of terror on Britain’s capital. But how did we get there, and what was to happen next? On a private walking tour with a Blue Badge licensed guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WW2 - learn about the famous British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. As your private guided experience continues, descend below the streets of Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms, frozen in time and ready to be explored once again. Roam the top-secret corridors with your private guide. Absorb the atmosphere of a Cabinet War Room where the decisions made could lead to victory… or disaster. Chart the course of the war in a Map Room, untouched since 1945. Learn more about the man who led a nation through their darkest hour in a museum brimming with artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life- from his baby rattle to the cigar and bowler hat he was never seen without. Discover the reality of life in the bunkers for the men and women who slept, ate and worked here as the bombs rained overhead. ‘’It is the time to dare and endure.’’ —Winston Churchill

Wartime London: Guided Small Group Tour

10. Wartime London: Guided Small Group Tour

Jump into the 16-seat minivan at the meeting point and set off on an informative tour of London’s wartime history. See visible signs of bomb damage from the war and visit the remains of a church that was destroyed during the Blitz, left as a testament to the devastation. Discover the wartime headquarters where the Allied leaders coordinated the resistance, including Eisenhower’s Supreme Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), General Sikorski’s London base, and much more. Visit the building where Operation Overlord was planned, including the Allied landings on D-Day, in the largest air, naval and land operation in history. You’ll also see where Winston Churchill delivered his victorious VE Day speech, and the site where Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcast the British declaration of war almost 6 years earlier. Pass through Parliament Square to Whitehall, where you’ll see the statues dedicated to notable Allied figures including Churchill, Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sir Arthur Harris. See several monuments dedicated to the Battle of Britain, Women of WWII and the Cenotaph, the site of Britain’s national war memorial.

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What people are saying about England

A small but very interesting museum (if a little difficult to find! Typical postcode problem with Google Maps - takes you to the back of the building which has no indication of the musuem ... NOTE: It is in Rumford Street NOT in the square behind that!!). An interesting insight into a WWII activity that I, and I would suspect many others, had no knowledge off. Probably take you no mare than an hour an most.

We’ll presented, and very helpful staff. My only criticism, is the video commentary in the museum hall, as I found it difficult to concentrate on the written descriptions of the artefacts. Overall though, a lovely attraction and very reasonably priced.

What a gem. We thoroughly enjoyed this museum so informative and interesting. I would recommend this museum.

George was awesome! The way he guided us and shared the ghost stories was one of kind exceptional!

Friendly, helpful staff. Interesting self guided tour.