Churchill War Rooms

Explore Churchill's underground headquarters and learn about tales of espionage and WWII through this fascinating wartime museum

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to Churchill War Rooms Normally £22.00 - Included with London Pass

History was made in Churchill War Rooms. It was here shrouded in secrecy beneath the streets of Westminster that Winston Churchill and his inner circle wrestled with the decisions that shaped the Second World War. Preserved untouched for the nation, there is no better place to immerse yourself in the inspiring reality of those darkest hours.

Explore the secret headquarters of ‘the greatest Briton’, Sir Winston Churchill, and uncover the underground nucleus of Britain’s war effort. The first London museum of its kind, the Churchill War Rooms and Museum depicts all ninety years of Winston Churchill’s life, divided into five chapters starting from his childhood, through his early years as British Prime Minister and the period famously known as the ‘Gathering Storm’.

TOP TIP: Churchill War Rooms is a very popular attraction. For the best visitor experience, we recommend visiting from 09.30 - 11.00 or 16.00 - 17.00

Highlights:

  • Uncover the life in Churchill’s bunker and discover the camaraderie, secrecy and fear of WWII attacks
  • The War Cabinet Room includes the Map Room and the Transatlantic Telephone Room, taking you back in time to experience the planning and the plotting of the Second World War
  • The Churchill Museum is an interactive gallery of Churchill’s life, with a 15m long Lifeline at the centre exhibiting documents, photos and film clips of his famous political reign

Did you know:

  • Sir Winston Churchill’s paternal grandmother was a relative of George Washington and Churchill was the first person to be acknowledged as an Honorary Citizen of the United States
  • Churchill was born on the clockroom floor of Blenheim Place, while his mother was attending a party
  • He won the title ‘Man of the Year’ in Times Magazine, in 1940, and was heralded ‘Man of the Half-Century’ in 1949
  • Despite his success in the political realm, Sir Winston Churchill’s academic performance was a little more challenging – it took him three attempts before he passed the entrance exam to Sandhurst Military Academy

Don't miss:

Churchill’s Bunker

Discover what it was really like in the bunkers of WWII, learn about the experiences of Churchill and his contemporaries through stories, documents and interviews from members of his closet staff, including his personal secretary Elizabeth Layton. Understand the conditions they lived under and the shared morale and camaraderie among the secrecy and fear of attack.

Churchill Museum

Learn about one of Britain’s most powerful men, the British Bulldog, Sir Winston Churchill through a series of interactive displays outlining his life and rise to power. Listen to extracts from his rousing speeches, read letter exchanges between him and his wife Clementine and discover objects from his childhood. One of Churchill’s earliest paintings is on display as well as film clips and photographs from his eventful ninety years.

Cabinet War Rooms

For six years, between 1939 and 1945, the Cabinet War Rooms were a series of secret rooms in the basement at the New Public Offices. As a secret shelter for the Prime Minister and the cabinet to control the plotting and planning of the war, they moved into the bunker a week before declaring war on Germany. Learn about the conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt in the Transatlantic Telephone room, and walk through the maze of secret passages that used to buzz with political activity.

TOP TIP: For another taste of London's military and political past, visit the HMS Belfast and learn more about the role this naval ship played in WWII during Churchill's power

How to get there:

- Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines)
- St James's Park (District and Circle Lines)
- Churchill War Rooms is in zone 1 of the London Transport Network so your travel will be included in your package if you opt for The London Pass with Travel

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Getting to Churchill War Rooms

Getting to Churchill War Rooms

  • Churchill War Rooms Clive Steps King Charles Street London SW1A 2AQ
  • Closest Underground Station Westminster
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop A: Route 3 11 12 53 87 88 159 453 N3 N11 N44 N87 N109 N136 N155 N381
  • Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Red Route Stop 18

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Opening Times

All Year Round
Monday 09.30 - 18.00
Tuesday 09.30 - 18.00
Wednesday 09.30 - 18.00
Thursday 09.30 - 18.00
Friday 09.30 - 18.00
Saturday 09.30 - 18.00
Sunday 09.30 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.00

Closed:

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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