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Liverpool: Western Approaches WWII Museum Ticket

Activity provider: Western Approaches

Liverpool: Western Approaches WWII Museum Ticket

Activity provider: Western Approaches

From US$ 16.59 per person

Explore Britain's top-secret underground war bunker under the streets of Liverpool. Discover a piece of hidden WWII history and explore the labyrinth of rooms, offices, and exhibits.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore a secret WWII bunker hidden beneath the streets of Liverpool
  • Walk through more than 50 hidden rooms and discover the importance of the operations undertaken here during World War II
  • Discover a recreated war torn street with shops, a pub, and an unexploded bomb
Full description
Explore Western Approaches HQ, which was a top-secret bunker vital to the war effort during WWII. Explore the labyrinth of rooms where over 300 people secretly worked during the war years. Walk through hidden rooms and discover how operations in the bunker protected the tactics of the British Armed Forces on the Western Approaches. See the documents and tools which were used to monitor enemy convoys, and subsequently, inform the British government. Discover one of only two surviving wartime phones which had a direct connection to the London War Cabinet. See where Commanders, the Women's Royal Naval Service, and Women's Auxiliary Air Force personnel worked day and night in the Operations Room. Learn how they monitored convoy routes and vital shipping lines, pin-pointing enemy locations on a huge map wall. Discover a recreated war-torn street with shops, a pub and even an unexploded bomb, to get a sense of how life was for citizens during the war.
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  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • Western Approaches Museum entry ticket

  • Who you’ll be with
    • This activity is not guided

  • Transport
    • No transport is included on this activity

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Western Approaches is situated in the basement of Exchange Flags, just behind Liverpool Town Hall.

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  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 106 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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As an American, born 1945, I learned about the US war endlessly, to the exclusion of our Allies‘ participation, thanks to popular culture and Yank jingoism. Perhaps without intending it, this museum stands as an important corrective to the record fed to us through the mass media. The abundant period artifacts, many of which we are allowed to handle, present a more accurate account. After all, the UK was in the war up to its eyeballs from the very beginning in September 1939. The visitor here can feel British pride in their achievement in World War II but there is no chest beating. Instead, the understated, chiefly informative displays draw us into the world that existed in the Western Approaches HQ and which occupied this protected subterranean warren. It’s a must for any student of the war.

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October 21, 2022

Because we were alive during the war it gave the full picture of what was going on whereas we only knew some talk of what happened. I lived in London and my wife in Bootle so we saw lots of destruction especially my wife who was bombed out of her house as it was so near the docks.

August 16, 2022

Recommended 1.5 hours to get around the museum but it took my wife and I closer to 2.5 due to the amount to see and do. You can interact with most things unless explicitly told not to by signage. A literal treasure trove into Britain's WW2 war effort and the integral role Liverpool and the Battle of the Atlantic had. Also had exhibits on the Arctic Convoys to Russia which I didn't know about and the history of the WRNS. Also the ticket lasts a year so you can go back as often as you like. Incredible value for money.

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June 2, 2022

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