Opening Times
9.30am to 6pm, last admission 5pm. From 27 Dec to 3 Jan: 9.30am to 7pm (except 31 Dec open till 6pm), last admission 5.45pm.
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December.

Buy your tickets in advance online for priority entry or become a member for a year of unlimited free admission.

Book tickets to visit Churchill War Rooms online, in advance and be in with a chance of winning a hamper worth £250 of IWM prizes. Add a CWR 80th Anniversary Prize ticket to your basket to be entered. Ts&Cs

Step back in time

Churchill War Rooms Trailer

Step back in time

History was made in Churchill War Rooms - an underground bunker that allowed Britain's leaders to plot the allied route to victory during the Second World War. Walk the labyrinth of rooms and corridors that stretch below Westminster that sheltered Winston Churchill and his war cabinet from the German bombing raids, and explore the Churchill museum to learn the story of his life and legacy

Your Visit

Women at the switchboard in Churchill's Bunker
Permanent display
Undercover: Life in Churchill's Bunker

Churchill War Rooms


Churchill With Tommy Gun
Permanent display
Churchill Museum

Churchill War Rooms


View of the Map Room at Churchill War Rooms
Permanent display
Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms


Cabinet War Rooms, Second World War

80 years of the Cabinet War Rooms

Cabinet War Rooms, Second World War

80 years of the Cabinet War Rooms

Uncover 80 years of secrets and stories.  On 27 August 1939 the Cabinet War Rooms first became operational. 80 years on discover how the underground command centre was built under Westminster - and the crucial role it played during the Second World War.
Churchill War Rooms Interior Hall
IWM, Churchill War Rooms Corridor

How long will you stay?

Churchill War Room Front

How long will you stay?

We recommend you give yourself at least 90 minutes to look around the Churchill War Rooms. However, with our on-site café and the amount of information to be found in the Churchill Museum, lots of people come for half a day or more.

Please note that queue times are longer during peak periods such as weekends and school holidays.

Explore Churchill War Rooms

Join IWM Membership

Join IWM Membership

Become a member for a year of great days out at all five IWM museums. Benefits include unlimited free admission to HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms and IWM Duxford from just £35.
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Churchill War Rooms with exterior sign

Churchill War Rooms
Clive Steps
King Charles Street

  • St James's Park
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2019 Tickets

Buy your tickets in advance online for priority entry

Special rates for groups and schools

Ticket FAQs



Aged 16 – 59 years



(5-15, under 5s free) Must be accompanied by an adult


Family 1 adult and up to 3 children


Family 2 adults and up to 6 children



Senior 60+/ student / disabled


IWM Member

Members do not need to pre-book their visit



One per disabled visitor



  • Luggage

    Regrettably we have no cloakroom and as our corridors are narrow we ask visitors not to bring in rucksacks or other large items, such as suitcases.

  • Shopping at Churchill War Rooms

    Churchill War Rooms's shop provides a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, clothing and accessories, posters and stationery, souvenirs and gift ideas.



  • Donations

    Whilst we have to charge admission this unfortunately doesn’t cover all of the our costs of running the IWM museums and we encourage visitors to support our work to help us share our stories with every generation. You can make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museum. Alternatively you can donate online now.

  • Eating and Drinking

    Open daily from 10am-5pm with last orders at 4.45pm, hot food served until 3pm

    Our café specialises in classic British food, home-cooked pies, stews and tarts alongside a range of deli sandwiches and fresh seasonal salads. 

  • Accessibility

    We are committed to ensuring Churchill War Rooms is accessible to as many visitors as possible.

    If you have mobility issues we recommend you make your way to our front entrance via Birdcage Walk by St James Park. Once inside, the historic Churchill War Rooms is wheelchair accessible throughout.

  • Audio Guides

    Audio guides are included in your admission price and provide an insight into Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms.

    Choose from English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Portuguese and Mandarin, a family guide and a descriptive guide for visitors with visual impairment.