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.
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.
Visit Churchill War Rooms
Visit Churchill War Rooms
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.
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 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, Russian, Mandarin, a family guide in English 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.