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Churchill War Rooms

Last updated: 10 March, 2024

Staff worked 14-hour shifts in this subterranean bunker, from which the cigar-puffing Winston Churchill directed operations during the Blitz. The warren of rooms, which remains exactly as it was in 1945 – from the rationed sugar cubes to the military maps – provides a fascinating glimpse of London during World War II.

During air raids, the weather indicator was changed to ‘windy’ as a joke. Ironically, it recently emerged that this secret nerve centre was neither bombproof nor gas-proof.

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Price from: £25
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest Underground station is Westminster (District, Circle and Jubilee Lines).

Allow 2 to 3 hours for your visit. Audio guides are available in multiple languages, providing anecdotes about the war rooms and insights about Churchill and the hard decisions he made.

When to do it

It’s open all year round, Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

May to August are the busiest months – go on a weekday during local working hours (around 9am-6pm) for the best chance of an uncrowded visit; the last couple of hours of the day are least likely to attract school parties. November to March are the quietest months.

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • London

Discover Westminster’s Second World War sights with a knowledgeable guide and visit the fascinating Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that served as the government wartime offices. The 2-hour walking tour includes little-known war tales and tidbits of London history as well as facts about the much-loved maverick leader Sir Winston Churchill. Learn of his life and legacy on an audio tour of the Churchill War Rooms' museum and cabinet rooms. The tour also takes in top London sights such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.

Price £79

Min age 0

Rating 4.36 / 5 [621 ratings]

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  • London

We will see 20 of London's most iconic sights in a 3-hour historic walking tour! After the walking tour : Visit the Churchill War Rooms Discover the secrets of the Second World War in the underground nerve centre where Churchill and his war cabinet lived and worked. It will be an enjoyable, educational and entertaining stroll. From Palaces (and stories of the Monarchy) to Parliament Square (with the history of the government), you will be continuously entertained with bits of history. • See Buckingham Palace • Walk through the Royal Parks • Learn about the history of Westminster • Visit Parliament Square • View the London Eye, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square Sights you will see include ; Buckingham Palace Trafalgar Square Changing of the Guard (Daily during the summer months) Big Ben Downing Street Westminster Abbey Whitehall Houses of Parliament London Eye Parliament Square Queens Horse Guard

Price £89

Min age 0

Rating 4.80 / 5 [562 ratings]

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  • London

This one is for all fans and affecionados of our Greatest Briton of all time, war time Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. This walking tour takes around the streets of Picadilly, St James and Westminster and takes us to places that were important in the life of Churchill. Finally we finish at the Churchill War Rooms, the underground bunker from which Churchill ran the war and which are perfectly preserved to this day. Our Churchill tour has even been featured on international television.

Price £177

Min age 5

Rating 4.96 / 5 [75 ratings]

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  • London

Follow the life of Winston Churchill by taking a private tour through the most important and personal sites he knew so well, including skip the line entry tickets to The Churchill War Rooms. Trace his life, career, style and passions through the streets, shops, and buildings special to him. Starting at his childhood home, and those of his great ancestors, the tour moves on to his bachelor days and homes he lived in during his early married years. "I am a man of simple tastes; I am easily satisfied with the best" - Visit tailor shops where Winston Churchill had his suits and hats made, including the famous 'Siren Suits'. Churchill's trade mark Cigar barely left his lips. Visit his Cigar Merchant and sit in the great mans chair. (Smoke a Cigar too if you like) The second part of the tour focuses on the career of Churchill, including The Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street, and of course entry to the Churchill War Rooms. A fully private guided tour tailored to you.

Price £189

Min age 10

Rating 5 / 5 [64 ratings]

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  • London

Spend a day in the political heart of London in Whitehall and Westminster with this tour that visits the mother of all Parliaments where modern the democracy movement got underway and evolved over centuries followed by a private walking tour of Parliament Square and Westminster and then on to the Churchill War Rooms where the fight against tyranny was overseen

Price £260

Min age 5

Rating 4.95 / 5 [24 ratings]

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