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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
4.3 / 5
based on 763 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!

Too many people in the war rooms and museum

Really enjoyed the walking part of the tour and, even as a Londoner, learnt a few things of interest. The War rooms and museum were very interesting but a little spoilt by the number of people in there, making it difficult to flow and properly see everything. The film at the start of the war rooms visit, was difficult for everyone to see, as was delivered to a large number of people standing in a fairly small room. Really did enjoy the overall experience, just think that people numbers could be better controlled.

Delightful, informative and entertaining!

Had a wonderful time touring around Westminster and learning London's past and deeper into the man that was Churchill. The tour guide was fantastic! He was a wealth of knowledge and had the usual British dry wit. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Had me laughing throughout. Ended tour with museum. Definitely could have used a little more time to enjoy museum, but alas had to rush the tail end due to closing. Expect to spend a good part of the day with tour and museum included. Ate up the whole experience!

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.