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Lascaris War Rooms, Valletta

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Learn about country's crucial role in World War II at Lascaris War Rooms, where you'll explore the historic complex of rooms and tunnels from which the defense of Malta was conducted. Located 46 m (150 ft) below the Upper Barraca Gardens, this was the site where some of the most famous battles of the Mediterranean were planned. With the end of WWII, the complex became the headquarters of the Royal Navy's Mediterranean Fleet and then a strategic communication center for NATO. Choose between a tour guide or an audio guide, both of which will explain the events that took place here. Learn about the German bombardment of the islands, Malta's critical role in defending North Africa, and why the nation was awarded the George Cross for bravery. Plan your visit to Lascaris War Rooms and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Valletta itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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  • I went to 4 other museum sites on my trip to Malta in june 2017 (Malta War Museum, Saluting Battery, Fort Rinella and the Malta Aviation Museum) but the Lascaris War Rooms was my favourite of them all...  more »
  • An excellent museum, very informative and interesting guided tour. This is a 'Must See' when visiting Malta and Valletta. The hardships that the Maltese endured during World War ll war and their resil...  more »
  • A good place to visit and get out of theheat.some stairs, on site but depending which way you get access there could be a lot of satirist you a r enot prepared. Place to get coffee on site . Plus theu...  more »
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  • A must do on a visit to Valletta. Even if you have little interest in WW2, a visit here allows a greater appreciation of what the Maltese went through and how important the island was in the direction the war took. A guided tour is recommended.
  • Very interesting. Good guided tour, very well preserved. Well worth a visit if you're interested in WWII history.
  • Great guides, historically significant, interesting tour. Recommended, even just to escape from the heat!
  • Excellent tour by Tony. Very interesting history and well restored! A must if you only have a day.
  • This place is a hidden gem in Valletta, a historical gold mine. It's a wonderful experience to see something untouched from so many years and it is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable guides. Well worth a visit!