Discover Churchill's underground wartime headquarters and learn WWII, espionage and the historic Briton at this iconic wartime museum.

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

Please note: Due to high volume of visitors, we would advise visiting the Churchill War Rooms during the quieter periods between 09.30 - 11.00 and 16.30 - 17.45 to enhance your visitor experience!

Highlights:

  • Uncover what life was like in Churchill’s bunker amid the fear of WWII attacks
  • Journey back in time in the War Cabinet Room, which includes the Map Room and the Transatlantic Telephone Room
  • The Churchill Museum is an interactive gallery of Churchill’s life, showcasing documents, photos and film clips of his 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 cloakroom floor of Blenheim Place, while his mother was attending a party
  • He was named ‘Man of the Year’ in Times Magazine, in 1940, and given the title of ‘Man of the Half-Century’ in 1949
  • Despite his future success in politics, Sir Winston Churchill failed his entrance exam to Sandhurst Military Academy twice before finally passing on his third attempt. 

Don't miss:

Churchill’s Bunker
Take a trip back in time and discover what it was really like in the bunkers of WWII. Explore documents, interviews and personal artefacts while learning about the experiences of Churchill, his contemporaries and closest staff.

Churchill Museum

Interactive displays showcase the life and times of one of history's most famous figures. Listen to extracts from his infamous speeches, read letters between him and his wife, explore objects from his childhood, watch film clips and discover some of his earlier paintings as well as photographs.

Cabinet War Rooms
The Cabinet War Rooms were a series of secret basement rooms and shelter for the Prime Minister and cabinet during WWII from 1939 to 1945. It was here the planning of the war occured after moving 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 underground! 

Using your London Explorer Pass

Present your pass at the admissions desk to enjoy free entry to the Churchill War Rooms

How to get there:

London Underground: Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines), St James's Park (District and Circle Lines)

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass at the Churchill War Rooms, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

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
1 July - 31 August 2018
Monday 09.30 - 19.00
Tuesday 09.30 - 19.00
Wednesday 09.30 - 19.00
Thursday 09.30 - 19.00
Friday 09.30 - 19.00
Saturday 09.30 - 19.00
Sunday 09.30 - 19.00
Last Admission: 17.45

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Address:

Clive Steps King Charles Street London SW1A 2AQ

Telephone:

020 7930 6961