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The Cabinet War Rooms house the first national museum dedicated to Winston Churchill. Using cutting edge technology and a mixture of media displays, the undeniably exciting story of this historical figure is brought to life. Visitors can explore the complex nature of his life, long political career and also investigate the private man, his successes and failures.
Why not combine your visit to Churchill's War Rooms with other famous attractions and activities in London such as Bateaux London Dining Cruises or Bond In Motion Exhibition
The Map Room
The Map Room came into use on the very first day that the Cabinet War Rooms were ready for occupation and remained the heart of the site throughout the war. The room was staffed twenty-four hours of every day, from August 1939 to August 1945. The principal function of the Map Room was to act as a round the clock central point for information about the war.
The War Cabinet Room
This was the inner sanctum of British Government, the room used for meetings of the Prime Minister, a select few ministers and advisers of his War Cabinet and his Chiefs of Staff. 115 meetings of the War Cabinet took place and momentous decisions were taken in this room. The scratched arms of the seat in which Churchill sat bear witness to the tensions of those crucial meetings at critical moments of the war.
Although his room in the Cabinet War Rooms boasted comforts of a higher standard than anywhere else in the complex, Winston Churchill preferred not to sleep there. He used his room at the Cabinet War Rooms for visits to the Map Room and for business, when forced to meet underground. He also delivered four of this wartime speeches from here, including his 11 September 1940 speech, warning of Hitler's plans to wage a war of terror against the United Kingdom.
The Transatlantic Telephone Room
The Transatlantic Telephone Room, to which a huge scrambler 'Sigsaly' was connected, created the original hot-line for allowing Churchill and the American President to conduct their vital strategic discussions in complete security. Like all the rooms in the complex, this originally had a more humble purpose - it was once a store for brooms and domestic equipment. It was adapted in mid-1943 to house this particularly secret installation.
The Churchill Museum
The Churchill Museum is divided into five chapters, spanning all ninety years of Churchill's life. To allow an easy transition from the historical context of the Cabinet War Rooms, the story begins on 10 May 1940 with Churchill's appointment as Prime Minister. The visitor can then explore his later years, his childhood, his early political career and finally the period known most famously as the 'Gathering Storm'.
The Switchroom Café is a great place to relax with a range of hot and cold food freshly prepared on the premises, along with a variety of beverages on offer.
Open 7 days a week from 10:00 until 17:00, the café is located halfway through the tour but visits to the café can be taken at any time. The café also houses interesting photographic artefacts from the Second World War to view.
All visitors are provided with a free personal Acoustic guide sound guide, available in English (adult, family and visually impaired version), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Dutch and Mandarin. Plus family and kids tours
Dates & Times
||09.30 - 18.00 (last admission 17.00)
*Closed: 24 - 26 December
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17 April 2016
A great place to visit. Go early as there was a long queue when we came out. Purchasing ticket was hassle free, just had to exchange printed voucher at the ticket desk. I made a mistake of booking for wrong month. This mistake was quickly sorted out by the customer services team. Recommended source of tickets, would definitely use again.
27 March 2016
Easy to order and print off the voucher, great value for money. Excellent experience, could easily have stayed all day!
24 February 2016
23 February 2016
Very good well worth a visit allow at least a couple of hours maybe even longer. Very informative. I went during half term & it was not packed. As I think it's not for young children, older children yes.
17 February 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Churchill War Rooms with lots of information about the war and Churchill's life.
12 February 2016
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14 November 2015
This was really informative, and exceptionally well produced. There was so much information to hear and read we needed to stop in the cafe on the way around to refresh,ready to return to our learning experience! It almost needs a second visit to take in all the information!
2 November 2015
Excellent service, and we enjoyed the museum very much.
11 September 2015
Great discounted tickets, great place, very interesting to see and learn some facts that we never knew. Gorgeous park and cottage as you come out have a look !!!
16 August 2015
We spent a great day in the Cabinet War Rooms learning about what actually happened in the war with the recall of the people that were there and the things that happened to them and how they worked for very long hours to keep the Government running under Churchill and Clement Atlee. The life history of Sir Winston Churchill was an added bonus to learn how he grew up and how he became an army member, War correspondent and then went into politics. We spent a glorious 5 hours in the rooms and probably missed a goodly amount of what happened down there. The tea rooms were unusual being below ground and so it gave it an added atmosphere when you were having a cup of coffee and a cake.
We would thoroughly recommend this museum to anyone.