Walk the top-secret corridors of Churchill War Rooms and glimpse what life would have been like during the tense days and nights of the Second World War

Opening Times

Wednesday to Sunday 9:30am to 6pm, last entry at 5pm
Open daily Monday 20 December to Sunday 9 January (excl. 24, 25, 26 December)
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AQ (view map)


Adults from £25 / Members and under fives free
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Visit Churchill War Rooms


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Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War and the award-winning Churchill Museum, Churchill War Rooms is one of London’s must-see attractions.

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  • View of the Cabinet Room in Churchill War Rooms with the room set up for a meeting
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    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.

  • People using the interactive displays in the Churchill Museum at Churchill War Rooms
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    Find out about Churchill's remarkable 90-year life, leadership and legacy, from his lonely childhood to his military career, two periods as Prime Minister and beyond in the interactive Churchill Museum.

  • Walking through Churchill War Rooms listening to audio guide

    Every ticket includes a free audio guide that will take you through this momentous site. Available in a selection of languages and a family-friendly version. 

Stories from the museum

No other museum tells stories that matter more than these.

Weather news board in Churchill War Rooms
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Second World War
A Short History of The Cabinet War Rooms
During the Second World War, a group of basement offices in Whitehall served as the centre of Britain’s war effort. The complex, known as the Cabinet War Rooms, was occupied by leading government ministers, military strategists and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Joy Hunter, a typist in the Churchill War Rooms during the Second World War, sits behind a desk
Second World War
Joy Hunter on life as a typist at Churchill War Rooms
Joy Hunter was a typist in the Churchill War Rooms during the Second World War. She recalls what it was like to see Winston Churchill at work - and tells the story of one memorable evening with the film loving Prime Minister! 
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Stories anytime, anywhere
Uncover stories about IWM Duxford and Churchill War Rooms with our free digital guides available on the Bloomberg Connects app. Delve deeper into the exhibitions at these historical sites and hear insights from IWM curators. 

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    © IWM. Two Women with a Child in a Shelter’ by Henry Moore
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    In Spring 2021, see how artists captured the extraordinary measures Londoners took to carry on amidst wartime hardship and mortal danger in our unique art exhibition Wartime London, Art of the Blitz.  

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