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“Well Done - Great Museum!”

Churchill War Rooms
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Owner description: The underground headquarters of the British High Command served as the nerve center of Britain's war effort during World War II.
Fredericton, Canada
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“Well Done - Great Museum!”
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Churchill's war rooms is yet another chilling and excellent reminder of WWII. An FYI, Google maps on my Android phone had us walking all over the place to get from the Westminster underground station to the war rooms but it's actually very close and easy to get to. Just exit the station that faces Big Ben and turn right, cross the street and turn right again then left onto a kind of wide alley that ends in stairs. St. James's park will be straight ahead across the street. Down the stairs on the left is the small entrance to Churchill's war rooms.

There is a security check at the entrance, then it's downstairs into the labyrinth of rooms with your audio guide, included in your ticket price. There are washrooms very close by the ticket booths, just to the left.

When we entered it was near 5:30pm and there was not a big crowd of people inside. We even got to sit a couple of times in areas. There is a cafe next to the electrical room which had bagels, coffee, tea etc.

The points of interest are well marked with posters and everything that the audio guide has a recording for is numbered with a yellow square with a play symbol and a number in black. I found it best to follow the numbered stops in order because sometimes the audio guide would mention the next stop. We saw some people who had booked a guided tour and they were getting inside places we could not.

Basically, the tour is all about seeing the rooms and hearing about their purposes. There is an audio broadcast of one of Churchill's famous speeches near the end of the tour. All of the rooms are restored to original condition and they have done a great job.

The gift shop is a good one, with a lot of books, clothing, unique posters and war-era replicas. One of the better gift shops I've been to.

Visited August 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“So interesting!”
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Well worth a visit to this underground bunker used by the British government and armed forces during WW2. Highlights included an enigma machine, Churchill's bedroom and dining room ( interesting to note he didn't suffer the privations of rationing as much as the rest of the population) and an interactive timeline including viewing access to lots of primary sources from the time.

Visited August 2014
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“What can you say about the CWR”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

Go see this if you like history. It is engrossing and you will be in there for hours without realising. can't wait to go again.

Visited August 2014
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“Amazing history!”
Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

If you like history at all, this is a must see. It will take you several hours to listen to audio tour, and walk thru all of the history exhibits. Starts with a young Churchill, follows thru his career. Covers in depth WWII.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful insight to a difficult time”
Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

It was very interesting to find out about arguably the greatest Briton ever and the setting was unique. It is difficult to imagine what it must have been like in there during the war. Give yourself plenty of time, you'll need more than you think!

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