Winston Churchill & War Rooms Private Tour
Operated by: Travel Curious
Step into the world of Wartime London in the late 1930’s and 1940’s, where you will not only learn about the larger-than-life Churchill but also about the resilience of Londoners during that time. On your private tour, you will:
- Enjoy the personalised attention of a private guide and Churchill expert!
- Learn about the impact WWII had on the English Capital and its people.
- See the Winston Churchill memorial and partially bombed buildings from the blitz.
- Stop at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and The Cenotaph.
- See the Old War Office, MI6 headquarters and the Gurkha Soldier memorial.
- Enjoy a guided tour of the Churchill War Rooms (with tickets included).
Begin exploring the heart of London’s parliamentary district. This was the brain and nerve centre for British and Allied forces in Europe and abroad. See the Winston Churchill memorial, and learn about his adolescence, personal life and fascinating rise to government. See partially destroyed buildings from the blitz and visit The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Prime Minister's residence. Next visit The iconic Cenotaph war memorial, special service headquarters and Ghurka memorial.
After your walking tour, your guide will take you to the Churchill War Rooms, located below the streets of Westminster. An underground network of bunkers that functioned as British wartime offices, planning and map rooms. It was here that much of Allied intelligence and strategy was discussed and planned in WWII, as well as serving as a place of refuge and shelter for government during the blitz.
As you explore the massive layer of concrete known as “The Slab”, you discover that the Churchill War Rooms actually consists of two separate museums. The Cabinet War Rooms, whose centrepiece is the fascinating Map Room, detail the strategic and tactical exploits of the war room as a whole. This is where Churchill held no less than 115 cabinet meetings, hammering out the details of Allied offensives across Europe. The Churchill Museum unpicks the life and works of the great man himself, from his early childhood to his state funeral. Particularly interesting is the large collection of passionately devoted letters he wrote to his wife Clementine, exposing the softer side of this famously tough statesman.
Your tour finishes in the War Rooms, after a 90 minute tour of it, and you are free to continue exploring at your own leisure or ask your guide for recommendations for food, including Churchill’s local pub.
2.5 hours 30 minutes
Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
Entrance to The Churchill War Rooms
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Family, Friends, History Buffs
Attractions along this route:
The iconic Victorian clock tower of London, which has become a symbol of the city itself.
The home of some of the most important members of the British Government, including the Prime Minister himself.
One of London's oldest and most magnificent churches, with a long-standing connection to the royal family.
Horse Guards Parade
An old tournament ground that now serves as an area for royal and military ceremonies.
Churchill War Rooms
A fascinating underground museum preserving the bunker from which Churchill's government directed the war effort.
Winston Churchill Statue
A bronze sculpture of the former British prime minister Winston Churchill located in Parliament Square.
A national war memorial in London.
Old War Office Building
The neo-Baroque building served as Churchill's Old War Office during World War II.