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A branch of the Imperial War Museum, The Churchill War Rooms were formerly known as The Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum. This World War II historic site served as the headquarters for Churchill and his wartime cabinet during the Blitz. Walk into the Map Room and feel like you’ve stepped into a time when secrets and strategies were exchanged underground while London was being bombed overhead. This place was the hub of activity for the British High Command and their war effort. Further explore the interactive museum and the Churchill Bunker and understand the life and history of Winston Churchill. The Churchill War Rooms is one of the main tourist attractions to visit and should definitely feature in you London itinerary for 3 days and London Itinerary 2 Weeks.
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The Churchill War Rooms house the first national museum dedicated to Winston Churchill, where the exciting story of this great man is brought to life.
Wow, what a guy! We were a little pushed for time when we visited and moved through the museum at quite a pace, I would suggest that you allow at least 90 minutes for a visit, there is loads to see and read but you do get an audio guide which is really good and informative, the kids channel is very different to the adults and provides so really great facts. All in all I need to go back and take a more leisurely tour.
Having visited about 20 years ago when it first opened, this place has been given a complete makeover and packaged for the 21st century. Excellent Churchill exhibition, which can take a couple of hours to get through in itself. The War Rooms are set up to show a moment in time. The best bits are the voices of those who worked there which convey the mood and feel of the period. If you are the kind of person who needs to read and touch everything this will keep you engaged for hours.
This museum is one of the few London museums that's not free, but in my opinion, it's completely worth it. Entering the actual rooms in which Churchill, his cabinet, and his staff worked gives history-aficionados an indescribable feeling. The detailed audio tour, various exhibits, and incredible artifacts are truly eye-opening to see. Definitely a must if you're in the Big Ben/Westminster area.
A treasure frozen in time. It's such an impressive and overwhelming place to visit. The statues are no lifelike that they sometimes scare you; they look like frozen humans. The equipment, furniture, machines, documents, papers... it's all there the way they were in 1945. And there's a whole wing dedicated to the man himself, Winston Churchil, and he was such a fascinating figure. The gift shot is great too!
I really liked it here. Free audio guide, historical, informative. Really good. But prepare to wait in line for ages! They only let in a few at a time and there's at least 5-10 between each group let in.