Churchill War Rooms

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King Charles Street, London, United Kingdom

Churchill War Rooms London Reviews

mdfehmel mdfehmel
230 reviews
Churchill War Rooms Oct 08, 2013
I'm a military history buff, so missing the Churchill War Rooms was not an option (even though I dragged my wife there much to her dismay). Even if you are not a not a fan of military history, this museum is well worth it just to catch a glimpse of what it was like to endure the Nazi beating of the Battle of London during World War II. The cabinet war rooms were located in the basement of one of the government buildings across the street from Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abbey and were reinforced from above to protect against bombing raids. It is incredible to imagine how many people on Churchills staff spent a vast majority of their time (if not all of it) below ground in this dark, damp and cool bunker complex. Although the museum has obviously been prepared to endure the countless tourists that visit there every year, many of the rooms on display, including the main war cabinet meeting room, are largely in tact as they were the day the war ended in 1945. The museum does a fantastic of making you feel as if you have stepped back in time to 1943 in wartime London.
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2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
mdfehmel says:
I heard about the tunnels in Dover. Will have to save that for the next trip.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013
missandrea81 says:
I walked past this place. Didn't even know it was there.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013
HelenP says:
If you liked this then think bletchley park.. Home of alan Turin and the enigma code breakers would appeal. As weould dover castle.. Tunnels under used as command and control post for Dunkirk.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
A Real Piece Of British History Feb 27, 2011
Situated in the heart of central London, between Westminster and St James' Park. This is the underground bunker where Prime Minister Winston Churchill directed war time operations, and is one of the Imperial War Museum sites.

I was there on a Sunday, and it wasn't very busy and walked straight in. Only cost about £15 for enterance.

Really it is split into two parts. The Cabinet War Rooms area preserved as it was back in the war time 40's and a new section which is an exhibition on Winston Churchill.

Apart from the rooms set up as they were, there are a lot of pictures, video presentations and interactive displays.

The first thing that stikes you is how drab it is, and the depite it being used by the most senior members of government and armed forces the austerity of the day still prevailed.

Interesting the way the rooms are all set out and the limitations caused by lack of space. No room for grandeur for anyone.

The rooms were preserved immediately after the war, as their historic importance was realised. So you can see the map rooms and the communications areas as they were at the time. Quite funny how everything was signposted at the time, with rooms degignated such as Mr.Churchill's Detective.

Some of the corridors a really quite narrow, and living and working down there people would have been really close, even if they didn't want to be :D.

Still has the kitchens and dining areas intact.

The museum are has lot's of pictures of Churchill throughout his life, and includes some of his broadcasts and speaches. There were the little things from his life as well, like trophies from horse racing, and pictures his younger days, from childhood, and around the world.

All over the place though are the little quotes, as he was a great man for the turn of phrase.

A great hero, and iconic British figure, one of the few non royals ever to have received a State Funeral, so I thought the experience was very worthwhile, as would anyone with an interest in history.
Sign Outside
Cabinet Room
War Cabinet
Cabinet Guard
8 / 8 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
monky says:
Congrats on the feature Ian!:D
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012
trippin_jen says:
Interesting! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being featured!
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012
bernard69 says:
congrats on your feature:))
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012

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