Western Approaches HQ Museum - The Battle of the Atlantic Experience

Western Approaches HQ Museum - The Battle of the Atlantic Experience

Western Approaches HQ Museum - The Battle of the Atlantic Experience
4.5
Military MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
You were once required to sign the Official Secrets Act to enter the building, now it’s open for visitors to freely explore the immense bunker. The labyrinth of rooms and offices is a precious time capsule and although the 300 war time staff have long gone, a visit to the museum will transport you back to that time and make you ask questions about the people who once worked there. Self-guided tours take approx 1.5 hours Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the WW2 bunker that protected the tactics of the British Armed Forces plotting to bulwark the Western Approaches and aid the Allied victory. Glimpse the documents and tools the Forces used to monitor enemy convoys and inform the British government of their findings, whilst keeping their intelligence secret from the enemy, including one of only two surviving wartime phones which had a direct connection to the London War Cabinet. See where Commanders, WRNS and WAAF personnel worked day and night.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • David Y
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The old smell just takes you back to WW2
    I would recommend anyone to visit and experience western approachs. its like stepping back in time to the 40s as you weave your way through the underground corridors. The smell is worth the visit alone but theres so much to see you may need to go back a few times. The ops room is the best.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Sarah W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely loved can’t wait to go back and support the museum further
    Came as a part of a group. The museum leads were very knowledgeable and passionate about Western Approaches part in the WW2 Battle of the Atlantic, as well as had an amazing exhibit on the WRNS. Some of the most under looked aspects of this war were the logistics side. I great to see a preservation and restoration of a building used in this war. 10/10 would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the Battle of the Atlantic and the WRNS.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Vicki M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant visit to Western Approaches HQ Musuem.
    A must-see for anyone visiting Liverpool. I'm from Liverpool and walked past this building countless times without realising its significance. I really enjoyed exploring the bunker and following the route to the Operations Room. The work of the WRENS was fascinating.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2023
  • permia
    41,038 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Worst Journey in the World
    Described by Churchill as the most dangerous journey in the world, here was the Command Centre to protect as best they could the ships on this most perilous of voyages. Essential to providing supplies including food to Britain during the hellish years of WW II, heroic efforts were made to protect the convoys from the ever-present deadly menace of the U Boats. An absorbing and sobering account is given, aided by so many artefacts and black and white photos of the time.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superbly done
    This is a brilliant little museum - don't think stuffy exhibits in cases, think wandering around the actual site, exploring different rooms and seeing how they were at that crucial part of history. Absolutely fascinating, superb recreations, lots to read and plenty of interactivity too - from stamps for your "passcard" at various points to a go at putting a golf ball, trying on uniforms and having a go with a typewriter! The tea/coffee point at the end, with its honesty box, is a lovely touch. Both members of staff I encountered were so lovely too. Highly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Dave
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and powerful
    It was all amazing. I was in for one and half hours but that didn’t do it justice - you could easily spend all day getting into the underlying stories if real people doing such a valuable job in the war effort . All of the original contents give it real history and the main control centre is really impressive . Inspiring and moving at the same time
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Tom L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best kept secret
    The museum is fantastic and is interactive. It gave us an insight into how much work was carried out to keep the Atlantic convoys going which was vital to us winning the war. Our 9 year old grandson loved the experience. It also described how much Liverpool did to help the war effort and what price it paid during the war.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • John A
    Hazlemere, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating museum
    Fascinating museum which illustrates the vital importance of the World War II convoys, not just across the Atlantic to Britain but also from Britain to Russia. The convoys really did win the war and without the command & control centre at Derby House in Liverpool many more ships would have been sunk by German U-Boats. The plotting room with its huge maps is amazing! And the new Wrens museum highlights the role of women in the Royal Navy from the First World War through to the current day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Connector51138882462
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Liverpool
    Had a great time in Liverpool. Took a city bus tour and a riverboat cruise. Had lunch at the Fab 4 cafe and rode on the big Ferris wheel. We were short on time (only there for 2 days) but was able to see a lot of the city doing the tour. We also went to an Everton Pub to watch a soccer match and see how wild and crazy the fans truly are. It was such a fun experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Dan E
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wizard place to visit
    Really loved the Western Approaches HQ Museum. The interpretation did a wizard job of being inclusive and telling the difficult history really well. I was impressed by how inclusive it was. They have gone to a lot of trouble to find stories about people from all walks of life and there's interpretation aimed at people of all ages and with different amounts of knowledge and understanding of the war.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
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MarkandGail_A
Canterbury, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Like others we heard about this by chance but like others 2 hours passed by before we had realised it.
We booked on line and the staff were very friendly on arrival.
Lots of information printed and audio visual and had our grandsons been with us, plenty for them to do as well.
Fascinating, informing, interesting and not to be missed.
Written 12 April 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Western Approaches HQ Museum in Liverpool is a hidden gem! Stepping inside feels like time-traveling back to WWII. The underground bunker is a highlight, giving a real sense of the nerve center during the Battle of the Atlantic. The staff's passion adds to the experience. Whether you're a history buff or just curious, this museum is a must-visit in Liverpool!
Written 10 April 2024
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Ian C
Epsom, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
An amazing museum in underground bunker, very interesting to learn about world war 2 on liverpool, I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Liverpool
Written 10 April 2024
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Alethea_1965
Dorking, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We only stumbled upon this by accident as somebody recommended it and my goodness it was a little goldmine. We ended up totally losing track of the time and being a couple of hours late for our next event. Room after room of really interesting items and an exhibition on the WRENS. There is even a singer belting out 1940s tunes given the place a great atmosphere.
Written 8 April 2024
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DadandCab
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I came in here with a friend who lives locally on her recommendation. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a really interesting place to visit, a place that was pivotal in history and typical of the war rooms depicted in many a war movie. The building and the exhibits are interesting in themselves but elevated to another level by the wealth of personal stories and anecdotes. It’s well laid out and worth the entrance fee. Recommended.
Written 4 April 2024
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Nigel Attwood
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A fantastic museum, full of facts and info I didn't know about WWII and the importance of this HQ & Liverpool. Well worth a visit. Excellent
Written 31 March 2024
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Western Approaches Headquarters was once Liverpool's best kept secret, we're glad we can tell the history of our building and the importance of the city during the war! Thank you for your review, I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit with us.
Written 2 April 2024
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Graham B
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Having booked online we travelled to visit this venue. On arrival we met with a locked entrance and a hand scrawled note on the door stating"Closed due to flood". No one about to explain the situation to visitors standing bemused outside. No communication either by phone or email to let people know and prevent them from making a wasted journey. Found a number on their website and called it.... no apology was offered just that they would be open as usual the next day I explained this wouldn't be possible she then explained the tickets were valid for a year. Overall very poor
Written 29 March 2024
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We're sorry that you were unable to visit the museum on Wednesday, unfortunately due to the nature of the building and the fact that it is over 80 years old, it does make it prone to flooding on occasion. Whilst we try to remain open in these eventualities, sometimes due to the severity of the flooding we are unable to do so safely. Regarding the lack of staff available to explain the situation, for the vast majority of the day our staff were downstairs containing the flood and ensuring no other exhibits were damaged. With the rigorous health and safety issues that arise with operating a building of this age, unless you had a pair of rubber armbands, you would have been unable to enter! We are open almost every day of the year, and as our staff mentioned on the day, your tickets are valid for 12 months from your initial visit, so we hope you can use your tickets to visit us again in the future!
Written 2 April 2024
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donakebab
Wrexham, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited by chance not having heard of this place until we walked past. Well worth a visit, really fascinating and a true piece of history.
Written 26 March 2024
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Thank you for your review, we often say we were, and still seem to be, Liverpool's best kept secret! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope you can visit us again in the future.
Written 2 April 2024
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Colin S
Lisbon, Portugal216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
2nd time in 20years I've visited. Absolutely a must see experience, this is not a stuffy museum with everything behind glass, here everything is tangible and at your fingertips.
Very pleasant welcoming staff. A huge debt is owed to those who served here..
So good I'm visiting again in three days time. A ticket lasts for unlimited visiting in a year, superb value.
Just love it.
Written 25 March 2024
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Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit! We're constantly changing the displays and expanding the exhibits, so we like to think there's always something new to see. We hope you can make use of your annual ticket and visit us again soon!
Written 2 April 2024
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johnEverton02
Liverpool, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I took my 14 year old daughter who us doing history in school an focusing on ww2 at the minute she absolutely loves it so thought she might like the tour she really enjoyed it and took loads of photos but I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did as well it was really interesting an brilliant to see everything as it was back then 10/ 10 for the whole experience would definitely recommend it to family an freinds 👍👍
Written 24 March 2024
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