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Churchill War Rooms, London

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At Churchill War Rooms, see how Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed the British war effort from this bunker complex. In the Cabinet War Rooms, which served as Churchill's living quarters, look for the chair--with scratch marks on its arms--in which Sir Winston sat while strategizing with his closest advisers. The books, color-coded telephones, and documents on desks in the Map Room remain just as they were when the bunker emptied on August 16, 1945. Moving on to the Churchill Room, see where Churchill slept while in the bunker. In the Churchill Museum, learn all about the life of the leader who guided Britain through one of the most trying periods of its history. The site does not have a cloakroom, so expect to carry or wear whatever you bring with you. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Churchill War Rooms by using our London travel itinerary planner.
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  • Absolutely excellent. I'm not into war themes exhibits but found this very interesting. Great for a wet cold day. By downing street. You need at least 2 hours.  more »
  • A true part of history. The Churchill museum (his life from early to death) is an excellent understanding of the man. The war rooms are an eerie view of WWII. To see (the reality) and experience the c...  more »
  • One of the best museums I have ever been to, especially if you are a war/history buff. The audio guides were on point and informative and it was well organized with perfect break spots. The gift shop ...  more »
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  • This place is definitely worth the visit. You need about 5 hrs. So educational and very interesting. Doesn't feel like your so far underground. Should have bought the membership. So worth it.
  • One of the only paid museums I visited, I would say it's interesting and it doesn't take too long if following the audio guided tour but it's definitely a one time visit for me. Gives very interesting information on life in the bunker and describes some of the more personal details of Winston Churchill but I much preferred the other Imperial War Museum London which was free and had an excellent overview of World War 1 and 2.
  • Absolutely loved this museum! It is a must see if you are a WWII history nerd. Audio guide is super informative and historical presentation of rooms in the bunker was great. They also have an interactive museum area to lean more about Churchill and other aspects of the British involvement in the war.
  • If you haven't been to the Imperial war museum's war rooms at Whitehall, then you should, they added the Churchill museum a couple of years back which has made the visit much more interesting and interactive as they use technology to bring it alive. Free audio guides are included and you could easily spend two hours getting lost in what it was like during the war and learning about Churchill. Don't miss the the cafe, it is just after the PM's kitchen. In a side note, become a friend and support them for the future and you will have access to all their sites and exhibitions for free.
  • Well worth a visit. History of the actual war rooms used during the second world war. Walk round at your own pace. Audio commentary in multiple languages. Get to see more about the life of Wonston Churchill too.