Guided tour

London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK

London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK
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Learn about life in London during World War II on a shared group or private tour of Westminster and Churchill’s War Rooms. See the original wartime bunker that sheltered Winston Churchill and his government during the London blitz.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore London's maze of underground rooms that served as bunkers in World War II
  • See the secret war rooms of Winston Churchill
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Westminster's war sites
  • Learn about the governments and monarchs of Europe forced into exile in London
  • Discover the life and legacy of Churchill and his special relationship with Roosevelt
Full description

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.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Shared group or private tour
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for Churchill's War Rooms
  • Headsets to hear your guide if needed
  • Audio guide in the War Rooms
  • Guided walking tour of Westminster
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide outside Westminster Station. Please follow the signs for Exit 2 Victoria Embankment, and then take the stairs up to street level to Victoria Embankment. The group will be meeting at the top of the stairs behind the statue of Boadicea on a chariot. *Please note the meeting point is not at The Churchill War Rooms*

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • This tour operates with a maximum of 15 participants
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change at short notice
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with local requirements. The local partner will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 246 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Our tour guide was Mary and she was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She took the time to answer everyone's questions and we learnt a lot. My partner is a Churchill fan, I am not so much but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the war rooms afterwards. Wrap up warm though, that was my only mistake!

January 13, 2023

The tour happened to land on the day that Queen Elizabeth was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. Despite the road closures and multiple routes that we had to deal with, our tour guide Brendon Q was able to pull through and got us to our final destination. Thank you for being such a wonderful and accommodating tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and possess quite an extensive knowledge of the Abbey, Parliament and the surrounding areas.

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September 14, 2022

Very informative tour, but more about the history of London/Britain than I expected. You're on your own for the Churchill War Rooms with a good audioguide (and the museum in the War Rooms basement is really great!). I liked the tour, but sharing that it was different than I expected.

July 23, 2022

Product ID: 44299