Opening Times
9.30am to 6pm, last admission 5pm.
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.

London's Hidden Gem

A man walking through a dimly lit tunnel in Churchill War Rooms

London's Hidden Gem

Discover the secrets of Churchill's Second World War. 

History was made in Churchill War Rooms – the underground nerve centre that allowed Britain’s leaders to plot the allied route to victory during the Second World War. Step back in time and walk the top secret corridors of the Cabinet War Rooms.

Get up close to artefacts revealing Churchill’s personal and political journey in the interactive Churchill Museum, which uncovers the influences and pressures that shaped his life, leadership and legacy.

Your Visit

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

Churchill War Rooms


Churchill With Tommy Gun
Churchill Museum

Churchill War Rooms


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

Churchill War Rooms


Step back in time

Step back in time

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

How long will you stay?

People using the interactive displays in the Churchill Museum at Churchill War Rooms

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

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Join IWM Today - become a member

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
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2020 Tickets

Buy your tickets in advance online for priority entry

Special rates for groups and schools

Ticket FAQs



Aged 16 – 64 years



Aged 5-15 (under 5s free) All children must be accompanied by an adult


Family 1 adult and up to 3 children


Family 2 adults and up to 6 children



Senior 65+/ student / disabled


IWM Member

Members do not need to pre-book their visit


Personal Carer

One personal carer to assist each disabled visitor


Art Fund Member



  • Accessibility

    We are committed to ensuring Churchill War Rooms is accessible to as many visitors 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.  For more information please follow the link to our accessibility guide below.

  • Shopping at Churchill War Rooms

    Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. Shop in branch or online using the link below.


  • Eating and Drinking

    Our café specialises in classic British food, home-cooked pies, stews and tarts alongside a range of deli sandwiches and fresh seasonal salads.  Open daily from 10am-5pm with last orders at 4.45pm, hot food served until 3pm. Please note our Café is only available with admission to the museum.

  • Donations

    IWM is a registered charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections you can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.

  • Filming and photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.  


  • Audio Guides

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


    Choose from the various language and descriptive audio guide options: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Portuguese, Mandarin, a family guide and a descriptive guide for visitors with visual impairment.

  • Lockers and Luggage

    We are unable to store luggage as unfortunately we have no cloakroom lockers. As our corridors are narrow we ask visitors not to bring in rucksacks or other large items, such as suitcases.


  • Safety at IWM

    The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.  

  • Floor Plan

    To help you plan your visit in advance, please see the below link where you can download a copy of the Floor Plan.