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The International Churchill Society (ICS), formerly known as the Churchill Centre, was founded in 1968 to educate new generations on the leadership, statesmanship, vision, courage and boldness of Sir Winston Churchill. Thousands of members around the world work together to impress the record of Churchill's life and deeds on the 21st century. The Society's exhibits are located at the Churchill War Rooms in London, and the National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University in Washington D.C.
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|Saturday||9:30 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 7:00 PM|
Amazing collection of WW2 history from the view of Winston Churchills life. Audio tour was extremely helpful. Narrow bunkers showed what it was like during tense days of WW2 with Winston Churchill closest companions. The wait on a Monday afternoon in Feb was about 40 minutes to get in. Definitely worth buying tickets ahead online at least one day in advance for quick access line. Unable to purchase same day online tickets in afternoon..must buy at door. So plan ahead to avoid longer line. They say no large backpacks allowed however staff was pleasant and didn't say anything to us about my husband's backpack. Great cafe, bookstore and interactive museum as well. Awesome experience and very clean and well kept!
Fascinating visit. Information overload, so much to see and take in. Whilst I understand the Churchill Museum was set out to complement the War Rooms period, it was a bit muddling and would have preferred it to be more chronological. We bought tickets the day before on line to take advantage of the discount but still had to join the ticket queue to collect the audio guides, which were very good and helped keep us on track in the museum. We were there 3 hours!! And still felt return journey necessary to take it all in!
As good as a museum gets. Plenty to see and kids got great details into their WWII project. Churchill part was well set out and the knowledge of the member of staff who spent time showing us different bits we would have missed otherwise was very helpful.
Churchill's War rooms is an amazing place for both adults and children. Amazing history in the place where it happened! It also is not too big, meaning the kids will not get bored with yet another exhibit they have seen something like before. A good mix of visual, auditory and adventure!
A really great place to visit if you're a Churchill fan or interested in the history of WW2. The rooms have been maintained much as they were in the late 40s and it's like going back in time, into history, and getting to have a look around. There is also a new museum dedicated to Churchill which is a must see if you're a fan of his. It can get crowded so best to pick your visit time thoughtfully.
A true slice of British wartime history. Gives a real insight into what it must have been like down there. Museum part is insightful. The tour with it's audio guide is great. Some parts drag a bit but overall a great experience. This is somewhere I'm glad I visited, but feel it's somewhere I would only need to visit once. Queues can get pretty long, I recommend you book online direct with the museum as this allows you to queue in a shorter faster queue and during certain times of the year you can pick a timeslot which really helps.
What an incredible experience this was. You really get to see exactly how it was like back then. All the rooms are precisely decorated and reconstructed to the last detail. Some rooms have figurines that emphasize the use of the particular room. Some rooms may seem generic like the bedrooms of staff but some are really extraordinary, such as the map room or the telecommunications room. The queue for the war rooms seemed long but didn’t take more than 30 minutes. The audio guide is pretty good and engaging. I wish one could attach headphones to it because holding it in a hand for 2 hours can be exhausting. The central area is like a little museum with relics from the era and is quite interesting. The shop is a standard affair. It was a bit weird that the shop was mentioned several times in the audio guide though. Overall this was an incredible experience that helped me understand better and get a general feeling of what it was really like down there back then.
We got there at 920 and there were definitely already lines. If you do London Pass or prebook your tickets you get in the fast pass line, so consider that. The audio guide is included and we liked it for sure. Apparently it’s much busier now in general since the release of The Darkest Hour. It was very cool to see the bunker areas all set up as they were used and the museum in Churchill’s life was a bonus. Great stop for sure!!
I spent about 90 minutes here and really enjoyed my time. After seeing The Darkest Hour, it really helped pull everything together. They have done such a good job with the included audio tour and all the exhibits. A highlight of my trip to London! If the line appears long outside, don’t worry. It moves pretty quickly.
Grumpy staff? Yes. But do not miss this brilliant museum for that! I'd definitely recommend to watch the "darkest hours" movie about Churchill Before visiting the war rooms, you'll understand a lot of things beforehand and you'll be really interested in all of the museum. Lot of things to see, you should plan at least 3 hours, 4 would be better for people who love to go into all the details! The queue can be quite big and to avoid that you can book your tickets online 👍. It also close very early (5pm or 6pm if I remember well) so plan the time in the queue and the time on site well.
Great museum on the war rooms of the WWII, but the main part is actually on Churchill's life. Got to learn a lot! It's easy to spend 3-4 hours there. It took maybe 90 minutes to do the whole tour (with reading everything) of the war rooms. Constructive feedback: They need to fix their ticket system. Even if you buy them online for a specific date and time, we ended up in a 45 minute queue under the rain (well, nothing surprising there). There was another queue for people without tickets that was about the same length. In their defense, I think the whole buy-your-ticket-online-in-advance was new.
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit on Saturday 14 April. Only problem was the time we had to queue even though we had tickets. I would suggest same system as used at Buckingham Palace which has specific times for the visit. Once inside it was a delight. Extremely informative and huge, including a museum showing Churchill’s life. Nice cuppa in the cafe too.
BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE. You get to jump the line and this can be good especially in cold weather. Great museum that not only outlines Churchill during the war but also many other figures. Also goes through how he got to power and other parts of his life. Amazing how well everything was displayed. Not to crowded as they limit the number of people in the museum at one time.
Just a jaw dropping immersion into the history of WWII. Totally worth the challenge of getting in. Definitely book this a few days before, perhaps early in the day. It is really two museums. The war rooms capture the drama of life at the center of the war and the large exhibit/museum of the life of Churchill really quite engaging and fascinating. We spent much more time than we expected. The kids were quite interested too.
As a history buff I had an amazing time here, but my family who aren't history nerds also had an amazing time. You can truly feel the history and it truly is an amazing sight. You can pay the extra for a guide book but I'd just recommend getting the free audio guide that they give you there. You will definitely need 3 or more hours to take it all in. They have a more typical museum portion which has a very interesting collection of items and we'll narrated history for those that are unfamiliar. Be sure to pick up tickets before you go and print them off because the lines are long. Overall amazing experience, a must do if you find yourself in London
Watch The Darkest Hour before coming here. I’ll give you the perspective to appreciate this place to its fullest. The tour is self guided with an audio guide that you change as you walk through the underground chambers. It’s incredible to see the rooms that were used during WW2 and understand the stories behind each person who worked and lived there. Budget about 2 hours to get the full experience.
Really interesting museum that shows the center of Churchill's command. Very nice exhibit about Churchill in the main hall. You get an audio device that tells you what you are seeing in the hallways of the bunker. Two hours to really enjoy. Try to buy tickets online to avoid standing in line too long.
Holy. Jeez. This is so well preserved / recreated that aside from the partitions you almost feel as if you were there! Me and my family went here on a holiday and were blown away with the experience! I would definitely recommend going if you have spare time!
Love this place. Could spend an entire day inside without problem. Fantastic displays, plenty of information. Of special note is the exhibition on Churchill's life, worth the visit only to see that! The audio guides are very good too. Just beware queues as it is very popular! Highly recommended.
We went on a week day around lunch time and the queue was very long. They advised us to book online for the next day and get the priority passes. The museum is very cramped which means they have to control entry very tightly. We had watched Darkest Hours which we thought enhance our enjoyment of the museum. All the rooms are preserved as they were at the time of the end of the war. Seeing the movie gave us a sense of how claustrophobic and tense it must have been down there. The museum is in two parts the war rooms and the Churchill exhibition. We gave the exhibition a miss. The audio tour is a must.
A fascinating museum showing exactly what went on during World War 2. It's not just the maps and military things down there but the conditions those who worked there lived in. I was surprised that this bunker was kept secret for so long after the war, not just by governments but actually by those who worked there. The site is open daily from 9.30am until 7pm. Admission. Adults (16 to 59) £18.90 Children (5 to 15) £9.45 Concessions. £15.10 Children 4 and under Free. Several special offers available online. Don't forget to pickup the Audio Guide which is included in the enterance price. The whole site is wheelchair accessible with staff only to pleased to help in anyway. Cafe opens 10am until 5pm and offers hot and cold meals and snacks. I really enjoyed my visit and would recommend it to anyone.
I bought a ticket online for 1:30pm, but still didn’t get in until 2, they were letting a lot of people in who hadn’t bought a ticket online, even though we had, not the best system. It was really interesting to see the war rooms and the audio guide is informative but doesn’t drag. The Churchill museum was small and cramped and it was unclear which way to go, but very interesting, lots of great items, including the original 10 Downing Street. A lot of the information was about Churchill himself and his life as a painter / writer / politician, rather than the actual war rooms. It was a very interesting museum but for £18.90 (buying online), I didn’t feel that it was the best value for money, I only spent 2.5 hours there.
Such an excellent museum, can't say enough good things! First of all, buying tickets online beforehand is a must, otherwise you'll be standing in line for an eternity waiting to get in. Plan to spend a long time here, we skimmed quite a bit of the exhibition and were still inside for over 2 hours. So much great history is packed in here, it was really intriguing to get into Churchill's background and rise into his iconic role. The rooms were so fascinating, you really get a great since of how things were during the war and to be working down there! So cool!
This was well done. Very informative and you got an appreciation what it was like during WWII. The narrated audio was good and easy to use. The kids enjoyed it as well. In the middle of the tour was a museum about Churchill's life, and it was OK but not as good as the rest of the tour. If you already have background on Churchill, it would help to put the place in perspective. We went at the end of the day and the line wasn't very long. If you buy tickets directly online, you can go to the priority line. We had the London Pass and had to wait in the regular line and the took all priority people first.
Of all the museums, tours, and other tourist attractions I've done in Europe, the Churchill War Rooms take the cake. Everything is incredibly well done, from the preservation of the rooms to the Churchill Museum. It really makes you want to learn more about Churchill. Take my dad for example. In my entire life, I don't think I've ever seen him read a biography or history book. As soon as we walked out of the War Rooms, he told me he was going to read a Churchill biography. As far as must-see attractions go, this is right up there. It is not flashy but full of substance. Don't leave London without making a trip here.
absolutely worth your time if you are interested in seeing WWII history in London. there can be quite a queue if you go day of, so I recommend either going early in the morning or booking online in advance. I easily spent 2 hours here since there is a lot to explore, including the Churchill Museum. in addition, the audio tour is fantastic and included with the price of your ticket—don’t forget to pick it up before you enter the rooms!