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King Charles St. (Westminster)
(44) 020-7930-6961 | london.iwm.org.uk
ATTRACTIONWWII Command Center
HOURS/TIMESDaily: 9:30am-6:00pm; Last admission: 5:00pm; Closed Dec. 24-26
PRICEAdult: GBP 14.95; Children (under 16): Free; Senior citizens and Students: GBP 12; Disabled: GBP 9
RESERVE IN ADVANCERecommended
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSThe Map Room; The Telephone Room; War Cabinet Room; Museum
TUBEWestminster; St. James's Park
The Cabinet War Rooms is an underground complex of rooms that was used by the British government during WWII as a secret safe haven. The space was sealed at the end of the war in August 1945, so the rooms were frozen in time with every detail preserved. Following an expansion in 2003, a wing opened as a biographical museum to Winston Churchill.
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WHY WE LIKE IT
Provides a great slice of authentic WWII history. Walking in the steps of Churchill and his cabinet is a powerful experience.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Sometimes it is difficult to follow the flow of the rooms–you need to pay attention to the be sure to hit all the rooms and to continue to match your steps with those recommended by the audio guide.
GOOD TO KNOW
An informative audio guide is included with admission. Also note that the section of the War Rooms open to the public is only a portion of a three-acre facility. During wartime, the complex included a canteen, hospital, shooting range, and dormitories.
Read more about Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms in The Diary
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