Churchill War Rooms opening times and ticket price
Churchill War Rooms is open to the public from: 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 1 hour before closing
A typical visit to Churchill War Rooms lasts 2 hours (approx)
The entry price for Churchill War Rooms is: Adult price £19.00; Child cost £9.50 (5–15); Infants free entry (under-5); Family ticket £49.90
Visiting hours and admission charges are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm entrance fees and whether it’s open to visitors before booking tickets and making plans to visit Churchill War Rooms
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The Churchill War Rooms (once known as the ‘Cabinet War Rooms’) played host to Winston Churchill and his wartime government during the dark days of World War II. Safe in their underground rooms beneath London’s Whitehall, they met and slept in bunkers to plan Hitler’s defeat.
History of the Cabinet War Rooms
The War Rooms can be found ten feet below London, near Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. They stretch over an area of three acres, and include a shooting range, canteen and hospital. The vast majority of the rooms are rather routine, and tickets for the tour are limited to those involved in wartime planning.
The corridors are rather narrow – but the rooms have been rid of their doors so you can peer inside. As you meander through the complex the sound of falling bombs, air-raid sirens, and the hurried steps on metal stairs punctuates the air.
The rooms under Whitehall
The Prime Minister’s Room was where Churchill made his broadcasts to the nation. He frequently slept inside when the bombing raids made it too dangerous to get to Downing Street. Included are his original bed, desk and maps upon the wall. You can even seen one of his famous cigars on the bedside table.
The Cabinet Room was where Churchill met his Chiefs of Staff. The room has been festooned with the original papers strewn across the tabletops to get a feeling for the atmosphere.
The Map Room was perhaps the most important room in the whole complex. You can still see the original pin-riddled charts on the wall. It was closed down immediately after VE day, and has remained undisturbed ever since.
The Transatlantic Telephone Room was how London kept in touch with Washington. The room seems remarkably small nowadays, and that’s because it was – it used to be a broom cupboard!
The top-secret telephone installation (codenamed Sigsaly) had a scrambler located in the basement of Selfridges in Oxford Street, and enabled Churchill to talk to Roosevelt in complete privacy.
Winston Churchill Museum
The complex also incorporates the Churchill Museum, containing transcripts of his famous speeches (played for the visitor as they stand in front of the TV screen). Footage from his State funeral is included too, as are many of his clothes and personal effects.
ian meyer – “Very atmospheric. I loved seeing winston churchill's little bedroom. We're not talking the ritz here, it's just a concrete room with gray walls and some okay furniture in it. You can just imagine him sitting in there with teh sound of bombs falling twenty feet above his head, because thats all it was -- about twenty feet. It's a miracle the old guy was blown to bits he must have had god smiling on him. If you go then I recommend listeing to the earphone commentry, because that adds a lot of the atmosphere with the sounds of what it must have been like to work there -- the hustle and bustle and phones ringing and sirens wailing. You also learn what each room is for, and you could never have guessed on your own. The top secret telephone room for example -- thats a broom cupboard! The kind of room that you would just walk past without a thought if you didnt have the headphones.”
peter – “This is a top notch day out! I was amazed at how unsafe the place was. These days they would probably be in a nuclear bomb proof bunker a mile under ground, or buried inside a mountain. But back then all the had was some concrete walls in the basement of the foreign office. It wasn't bomb proof at all! One bomb in the right place and they would all have been dead for sure. But that it makes it all the more remarkable because you can imagine them walking around working whilst hearing the air raid sirens wailing all night and bombs dropping just 20 feet above their heads. That is one of the things that I liked about the earphones -- you could hear the sirens and bustle. I think they should play those noises over the speakers all the time, whilst you are walking around. It would add a lot more atmosphere I think.”