Churchill War Rooms Tours

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A branch of the acclaimed Imperial War Museum, the Churchill War Rooms are set in the secret wartime bunker from which the cigar-puffing Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill, directed the country’s war efforts. Situated beneath street level in London’s Westminster district, the Cabinet War Rooms were constructed shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Little has changed within them since the war came to a close in 1945, though these days, the underground complex functions as a museum, documenting the workings of the United Kingdom’s wartime government.  
 
The Basics
For anyone with an interest in WWII history or British politics, the Churchill War Rooms are an absolute must. They are divided into two areas: the original Cabinet War Rooms, including the all-important Map Room, and the Churchill Museum, which chronicles the life and work of the revered wartime leader. You can explore the exhibits independently with the aid of a complimentary audio guide. Some organized excursions combine entrance to the Churchill War Rooms with guided tours of Westminster Abbey and nearby WWII sites. London Pass holders get free entry to the Churchill War Rooms.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Allow at least 1.5 hours to explore the Churchill War Rooms.
  • The Churchill War Rooms are accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Book tickets in advance for fast-track entry.
 
How to Get There
The Churchill War Rooms are located on Clive Steps, just off Whitehall. The nearest Underground stations are Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle lines) and St. James’s Park (District and Circle lines). Charing Cross railway station is about a 12-minute walk away.
 
When to Get There
The Churchill War Rooms are busiest during the summer months (May through August); during school breaks (such as around Easter, and during February and October breaks); and on Saturdays. To avoid the crowds, go midweek. 
 
Exploring WWII History in London
The Churchill War Rooms are not the only attraction in town to delve into WWII history. The Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, South London, also features WWII-oriented exhibits. A stone’s throw away on the South Bank sits HMS Belfast, a warship that took part in the Normandy landings in 1944, while Parliament Square hosts a statue of Winston Churchill. Bletchley Park, the Victorian estate where British intelligence cracked Germany’s enigma code, is within day-tripping distance of London.
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Address: Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ, England
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Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:30am – 6pm
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Admission: Adults £21
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Churchill War Rooms Entrance Ticket

Visit the Churchill War Rooms, part of London’s Imperial War Museum and learn about the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. Leading Britain to victory in World War II, the former prime minister made use of a wartime bunker beneath the streets of Westminster. Use your entrance ticket to explore the historic rooms at your leisure, and visit the on-site Churchill Museum where multimedia exhibits bring the story of the great leader to life.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$26.91 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Historical London Walking Tour including Westminster and Entry to Churchill War Rooms

Immerse yourself in the rich history of World War II on an enriching and emotionally stirring tour of London Westminster with a knowledgeable guide. Descend to the subterranean Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that functioned as wartime offices, and enrich your knowledge of British history with commentary that covers little known facts. As you explore, see iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and delve into the life and work of former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$61.51 USD
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 80 Attractions

Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass. Choose a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-, 6- day pass, and enjoy free entrance to more than 80 attractions including skip-the-line access to Kensington Palace and London Zoo. Your London sightseeing pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket and valuable shopping and dining discounts.
  • Duration: 6 days
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$88.42 USD
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  • Duration: 6 days
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated Prime Ministers and historic figures on this private, Winston Churchill-themed walking tour. Following pickup from your hotel or another convenient meeting point, you’ll explore the areas of Mayfair, Westminster, and Piccadilly associated with Churchill, from his childhood home and 10 Downing Street to the cigar shop he once frequented. Your final stop is at the Churchill War Rooms, the secret bunker from which he ran World War II.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$192.22 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small Group Best London Highlights Tour

Designed to orient first-time visitors, this 4-hour London walking tour allows you to explore England’s capital in a small group limited to ten people. Traveling on public transport and on foot, you’ll tick off top London attractions such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. Plus, you’ll witness a Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace (on days the ceremony is performed). This tour does not offer interior visits of the sights.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$51.26 USD
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket with Boat Ride and Walking Tour

Get the most out of London by combining a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, a 2-hour walking tour, and a 20-minute Thames River cruise. Your bus ticket is valid for 24 hours, makes 60 stops over the course of three routes, and includes on-board audio commentary in eight languages. Choose your walking tour and river cruise departure times to suit your schedule.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$41.01 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Winston Churchill Experience - Churchill War Rooms and Chartwell House

Trace the life of Sir Winston Churchill on a private day trip from London, all without any transportation worries and with a personal guide for insight you’d probably miss if alone. Travel by private vehicle to Chartwell, Churchill’s one-time home in Kent, and tour the house and gardens. Then, visit London's Churchill War Rooms, the underground lair where the great man and his team planned Allied World War II operations.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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$224.25 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

Have the rare opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament—and explore the Churchill War Rooms, too—on this political London tour. Following pickup from your local accommodation, travel to the UNESCO-listed Houses of Parliament, and explore both the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. As you go, learn all about British political history and the fight for democracy. Next, continue to the Churchill War Rooms, located in a bunker deep below street-level. See where the Prime Minister led the war effort, and explore the perfectly preserved setting.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$256.29 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Guided Tour: British Museum & Westminster City Center

History buffs will be delighted by this private 5 to 5.5-hour historical tour of London, including the highlights of the British Museum. Alongside your personal guide, you’ll witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and see iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Ensure you don’t miss the best of the British Museum on a guided tour of its 8 million-strong collection of artefacts. Private tour ensures undivided attention and the opportunity to customize your itinerary.   
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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$109.41 USD
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  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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Private Tour: Royal Morning Walking Tour

Travelers seeking a personalized sightseeing experience of London, look no further than this private 3-hour walking tour of England’s capital. Alongside your guide, you’ll tick off top London attractions including 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye, while listening to history- and royalty-rich commentary. See the church in which Prince William married Kate, pose for photographs outside of Buckingham Palace, and watch a Changing of the Guard ceremony from a prime position. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$316.13 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: London Sightseeing Walking Tour

Make the most of your time in London with a private tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just three hours. Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace; stroll through the royal parks and along the Thames riverside, and snap photos of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$371.62 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Central London Walking Tour

Visiting London for the first time? This introductory walking tour offers the perfect crash course in the city’s key highlights and major historical events. Meet your guide just outside the Westminster Underground station, and follow them to world-famous landmarks ranging from Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament to Downing Street and Trafalgar Square. As you wander, learn more about the city’s backstory. The tour concludes at Golden Jubilee Bridge: an ideal vantage point for panoramic city views.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$25.63 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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