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London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

1. London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Explore the World War II history of London’s Westminster district and discover the secret bunker that Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government used during the German bombing campaigns. Home to undercover and often underground bases for governments in exile, Westminster suffered especially badly during the blitz and was awash with espionage. Your unique tour starts with a walk around some of London’s most historic sites, such as 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. End at the Cenotaph, built as a memorial to the First World War and now the UK’s primary national war memorial. Along the way, see the statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the monument to the Women of World War II, hear about governments and monarchs that were forced into exile in London as Germany overtook the nations of Europe and more. Then, it’s time to head to the wartime bunker of the Churchill War Rooms. Tour the Churchill Museum and learn about the maze of underground rooms that were used to plot and plan war strategies. Although your guide will not accompany you inside, you'll be able to browse the War Rooms at your leisure and hear fascinating facts from your audio guide as you wander round. Experience what life was like for those that worked in the dark rooms and how they deciphered enemy communications and created maps of the army’s movements. Learn about the primitive sun lamps that were used to get sufficient levels of vitamin D and how even the families of those that worked there couldn't know what they did for a living. Explore the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and hear authentic audio of his inspiring wartime speeches. Discover fascinating stories about Churchill’s private and public life, from his love of his wife to his special relationship with President Roosevelt. You’ll even see the original door to 10 Downing Street that he walked through after becoming prime minister. The war rooms have been preserved exactly as they were on the day the lights were switched off in 1945, with signs that indicated the weather outside. As you venture deeper into the labyrinth, discover how life continued underground, from top-secret conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt in the Transatlantic Telephone Room, to simple domestic concerns in Churchill’s kitchen.

London: Walking Tour and Churchill War Rooms Entry

2. London: Walking Tour and Churchill War Rooms Entry

Explore the incredible sights of London on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions. Start the tour in the beautiful area of Green Park and then head on to Westminster. Along the way, marvel at the amazing Buckingham Palace, home to The Royal Family, peer into Downing Street, residence of the Prime-minister, and watch the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Journey passed the stunning Westminster Abbey, the historical Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, then onto Queen Victoria Fountain, Trafalgar Square, and Pall Mall. Next, visit the Churchill War Rooms and learn the rich history of the place from which Churchill directed the Second World War. Here, learn the stories of the staff who spent thousands of vital hours working and sleeping at the Cabinet War Rooms.

London: 30 Top Sights and Churchill War Rooms Tour

3. London: 30 Top Sights and Churchill War Rooms Tour

You will start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of London, one of Europe’s most-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace before heading to Westminster, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Then, you will proceed to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. After all this, you will head to the Churchill war rooms. Here you will discover the stories of the staff who spent thousands of vital working and sleeping hours from 1938 onward at the Cabinet War Rooms. You will see historic images, objects and interviews with the men and women who worked in the underground hideaway, revealing what it was like to work in secret alongside Winston Churchill during the Second World War.

London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

4. London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

Join a guided private historical walking tour around London with your live guide, a fellow historian lover. Enjoy a day exploring all the iconic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms. Learn all about World War II, when on September 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany sparked a lightning war on London, dropping bombs across the city and beginning 57 consecutive nights of terror on Britain’s capital. But how did we get there, and what was to happen next? On a private walking tour with a Blue Badge licensed guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WW2 - learn about the famous British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. As your private guided experience continues, descend below the streets of Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms, frozen in time and ready to be explored once again. Roam the top-secret corridors with your private guide. Absorb the atmosphere of a Cabinet War Room where the decisions made could lead to victory… or disaster. Chart the course of the war in a Map Room, untouched since 1945. Learn more about the man who led a nation through their darkest hour in a museum brimming with artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life- from his baby rattle to the cigar and bowler hat he was never seen without. Discover the reality of life in the bunkers for the men and women who slept, ate and worked here as the bombs rained overhead. ‘’It is the time to dare and endure.’’ —Winston Churchill

London: Winston Churchill and World War II

5. London: Winston Churchill and World War II

Learn the devastating history of London during World War 2. Discover how one man carried a nation’s weight of expectation on his shoulders, as London was mercilessly bombed by the Nazis, Winston Churchill plotted victory from the streets of London and operations room in Westminster. Hear about London during the Blitz, the courage of ordinary people in the face of terror, and see the city through the eyes of the iconic Prime Minister. Use old photos and incredible stories to invoke the famous Blitz Spirit. On your journey into the heart of Westminster, take in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street, and Whitehall, see war memorials, a bomb escape hatch, Churchill’s statue, and more.

London: Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

6. London: Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

On a private or shared group walking tour with an expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WWII. Learn about the British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. Start your tour outside the Monument to the RAF, which commemorates the individuals who took part in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Meet your guide who will begin to tell you the history of the area, and about life during WWII. Together, travel through London visiting iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, as your guide tells you the impact of WWII and how Britain coped with the war. Finish your tour outside the Churchill’s War Rooms. Your guide will leave you here to explore if desired. Explore strategic bunkers from where Winston Churchill and cabinet were to conduct their part of WWII, frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

Chartwell House Tour: Home of Sir Winston Churchill

7. Chartwell House Tour: Home of Sir Winston Churchill

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you’ll head off on a private drive through the English countryside on this 1-3 hour tour. The duration of the tour depends on whether you choose to add a visit to Quebec House. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Kent, and just a short drive south of London, lies the family home of legendary former Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The house is exactly as Churchill left it and much of the gardens are as he arranged them. It's well worth taking some time to explore the gardens and the larger estate. Churchill was one of the most talented figures in history in the political arena, as was also an accomplished writer, historian, and artist. Many of his paintings are on display in a gallery on the estate. Close by is Quebec House, the home of General Wolfe, who captured Quebec. You can visit the house in addition to Chartwell House for an additional fee.

London: Palaces, Parliament, and Power Walking Tour

8. London: Palaces, Parliament, and Power Walking Tour

Travel through a thousand years of history on a guided walking tour. See the places of power in London and learn about monarchs, prime ministers, Guy Fawkes, and more: maybe even some secret agents.  The walking tour begins outside the Embankment Station exit at the River Thames. Travel through Westminster: London's royal city. Visit palaces, including ones you might not have known were even there, the Houses of Parliament, and Downing Street. See Winston Churchill's secret underground bunker, discover the most beautiful Royal Park in all of London, and learn why you should never eat a fish stolen from a monk's pond. Finish the tour near Green Park Station with deeper insight into the political history of the city. 

London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

9. London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

This tour will be for all fans of the man voted the greatest figure in British history, wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. On this walking tour, you will explore the streets of Piccadilly, St. James and Westminster and visit places that played important roles in his life. Have a chance to sit on a bench with Churchill and his wartime ally, President Roosevelt. Everyone knows that Sir Winston Churchill loved his cigars, as well as various other vices. Visit the store which used to supply his cigars. Inside, there will be a hidden treasure of London which was used by the great man himself. Visit the home where Churchill lived as a young boy as well as Downing Street, where he lived as prime minister and see the church where he and Clementine were married in 1908. Nearby, you will see the most famous statue of Churchill and learn about the story of why it is there and what it represents, handily it is rather close to one of the pubs he used to visit and a good place to visit afterwards. The tour will end outside the Churchill War Rooms which are perfectly preserved from the Second World War and from which Churchill ran the war whilst the streets through which you walked were regularly bombed by the Luftwaffe. Tickets for the War Rooms will be included along with an excellent audio guide.

London: Private Churchill Walking Tour

10. London: Private Churchill Walking Tour

Uncover hidden truths and learn interesting facts about Winston Churchill on this private walking tour in London. Walk to locations from his childhood, his time as a Member of Parliament, his time as as First Lord of the Admiralty, and his terms as Prime Minister. Visit sites linked with his life such as where he bought his cigars, his favorite champagne, and the top hat that he wore when he married his wife. Got to a bookshop he frequented. Have the chance to purchase his favorite brands. Travel to some of London's most famous landmarks that are connected to Winston, including St James's Palace, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street and Parliament Square. Hear more about his relationship to King George VI and about the span of his political significance. Take a photo by the statue of Sir Winston Churchill before heading to the Churchill War rooms where your guide will tell you more about the wartime bunker.

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To enter Churchill War Rooms, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

Planning Your Visit

  • When is it open?

    The rooms are open all year round except December 24th, 25th, and 26th. Opening times are 9:30AM to 6:00PM, with last admission at 5PM.

  • Is photography allowed?

    You are allowed to take photos in the war rooms, but not in the museum.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Daily 9:30AM to 6:00PM, except December 24th, 25th and 26th.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult single tickets without donation start at £16.35. Discounts for groups available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    By tube: The Jubilee, District or Circle Line to Westminster, or the District or Circle Line to St. James's Park.
  • Additional information
    Private tours are available directly with the museum.

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What people are saying about Churchill War Rooms

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 841 reviews

Rosie was fantastic! Great stories. Great insights on history and architecture and people. The war rooms are a bit overwhelming, and her insights about Churchill prior to going in gave us a chance to skip through some of the minutia! Thanks again Rosie!

Absolutely brilliant tour,,the cherry on the icing was Tim our tour guide,he was so informative,helpful and happy ,I’d absolutely ask for him for my next London trip

Superb guide, very knowledgable and a pleasure to listen to! We thoroughly enjoyed this tour every single minute (even when the rain came pouring down.....).

We enjoyed all the information and the sights. The Winston Churchill war room was my son’s favorite stop on the trip!

Chris was a fantastic guide. We definitely recommend this tour!