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Liverpool: Western Approaches WWII Museum Ticket

1. 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.

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4.8 / 5

based on 108 reviews

As an American, born 1945, I learned about the US war endlessly, to the exclusion of our Allies‘ participation, thanks to popular culture and Yank jingoism. Perhaps without intending it, this museum stands as an important corrective to the record fed to us through the mass media. The abundant period artifacts, many of which we are allowed to handle, present a more accurate account. After all, the UK was in the war up to its eyeballs from the very beginning in September 1939. The visitor here can feel British pride in their achievement in World War II but there is no chest beating. Instead, the understated, chiefly informative displays draw us into the world that existed in the Western Approaches HQ and which occupied this protected subterranean warren. It’s a must for any student of the war.

A fascinating visit. Real insight into the efforts that were made to keep the convoys of food and supplies coming into the post of Liverpool during the Second World War. The focus on the role of women was particularly welcome.

Really informative. Videos that you could sit down and watch really helpful too providing background. Uniforms good to see.

This is a great place to visit, the memories of the past are never something to forget. A++ Highly recommend

Amazed at what went on without many people knowing!