There's so much to discover at Churchill War Rooms. We recommend allocating no less than two and half hours to visit Churchill War Rooms, with 90 minutes taking in the historic Cabinet War Rooms and at least an hour exploring the Churchill Museum - but many visitors spend even longer than that. 

Below, read about the different displays and exhibitions inside Churchill War Rooms, take a look at our highlights and discover more about safety and facilities on site. 

Exhibitions and Displays

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

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Churchill With Tommy Gun
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Churchill Museum

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CWR Corridors
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Cabinet War Rooms

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Visitor looking at museum displays
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Churchill and the Middle East

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

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Churchill Bedroom
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Cabinet War Rooms: Churchill’s Bedroom

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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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Cabinet War Rooms: Cabinet Room

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Things to do with your family

There's plenty for families to discover, learn and enjoy! Step back in time and explore Churchill's underground nerve centre.

  • Map Room Door at Churchill War Rooms

    Discover Second World War secrets

    Whether studying the Second World War in Year 6, or Churchill's wartime leadership at Key Stage 3, Churchill War Rooms is the perfect place to delve deeper into history. 

  • Visitors enjoy interactive exhibits in the Churchill Museum

    Get hands-on

    Discover engaging interactive games and exhibits in the immersive Churchill Museum. Find out fascinating facts about Churchill himself and his extraordinary life.

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.  

Coronavirus information
Please take a moment to read through our Coronavirus FAQs.

Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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's Park. Once inside, the historic Churchill War Rooms is wheelchair accessible throughout.  For more information please follow the link to our accessibility guide below.

  • 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 large items such as rucksacks, suitcases, pull along baggage or large holdalls.

  • 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 to 5pm with last orders at 4.45pm, hot food served until 3pm. Please note our Café is only available with admission to the museum.

  • 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. We accept cash and card.

    Shop in branch or online using the link below. 

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Making the most of your visit

    Look out for our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers (wearing red uniforms) to find out what's happening onsite on the day of your visit and to help you make the most of your day and time.

  • Donations

    IWM is a 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.