Walk through the top secret corridors of the underground nerve centre where Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed the Second World War.
Opening Times
9.30am to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Please book in advance.
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Churchill War Rooms is currently closed until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you when we reopen.

In the meantime, you can plan your visit by exploring what’s here, connect with our collections by searching our stories and learn from home.

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Discover Churchill War Rooms

Discover Churchill War Rooms

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.

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As a charity, now more than ever IWM needs your support to ensure we can continue to tell personal stories and experiences of conflict for current and future generations to come. 

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Make a donation to IWM and help us to tell the stories of those affected by conflict, launch our ground-breaking exhibitions and deliver our world-class learning programmes. 
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Help tell stories that deserve to be heard by supporting us as a member and uncover a host of benefits including free standard admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.
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Help Us Keep You Safe

  • Book in advance

    We will be limiting the number of visitors to each of our museums so that physical distancing can be observed. We recommend that visitors book a time slot in advance for entry and it is possible that queuing will be required to enter the busier parts of our museums.


    We will be very grateful for your patience and understanding where this is required.

  • Social distancing

    In response to Government advice issued 9 September, visitors must follow the limits on the number of other people you are now legally able to meet as a group.


    Visitors are required to wear masks in line with government guidelines unless there is a legitimate reason not to do so.


    Help us to keep you safe by adhering to the government recommendations on physical distancing. Where possible, please keep 2m apart from other visitors who are not in your household or support bubble.

  • Extra safety measures

    Hand washing/hand sanitising points will be set up throughout the museum to ensure visitors can wash and sanitise their hands regularly.


    We will be increasing the amount of cleaning that we do, especially in busy visitor areas, with special attention to stair handrails, doors, lifts, toilets areas, and any interactive gallery points.


Please read our Coronavirus FAQs for more information on our safety measures. 
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Shop our range of gifts inspired by Winston Churchill, from mugs and books, to t-shirts, cufflinks and the famous bow tie.
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Wartime London: Art of the Blitz


Wartime London: Art of the Blitz

03 December 2020 - 30 April 2021
Churchill War Rooms
Explore the Second World War’s impact on London life with a unique art exhibition housed in the secret command centre where Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed the Allied effort. On display for a limited time only.

Operation Black Door 2022


Operation Black Door 2022

Coming in 2022
Churchill War Rooms
A brand-new after-hours immersive event experience, presented by Imperial War Museums and Wet Picnic. Coming to Churchill War Rooms in 2022.  
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  • Shopping at Churchill War Rooms

    Our shop will be open and customers will be free to browse products as normal. We ask that customers use a hand sanitisation station before and after doing so. We will not be able to accept cash, but you can still pay by card.


    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 cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. We have had to make some changes to our menu to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. We appreciate your patience and support in helping us to ensure you still have a great experience. View our menu and FAQs.

  • 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.

    You can choose to use your own headphones that will connect to our audio guides via the 3.5 mm standard jack.

    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

    Please take a moment to read through our Coronavirus FAQs.


    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.