Conveniently situated between Parliament and the Prime Minister's office-residence at 10 Downing Street, The Cabinet War Rooms are a fortified basement designed for use by the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and its administrative machinery during the Second World War in the event of the aerial bombardment of London. The shelter is situated 10 feet below ground and was declared fully operational on August 27, 1939, exactly a week before the German invasion of Poland and Britain's declaration of war. Churchill and his military strategists used the rooms for the next six years to carefully plot Allied manoeuvres until August 16, 1945, when the doors to the facility were locked for good. Carefully preserved and restored over the course of three years, and adapted for visitors, the rooms provide a fascinating insight into the lives of the brave men and women who worked below ground in The Map Room, The Cabinet Room, The Transatlantic Telephone Room and Churchill's subterranean bedroom, from where the Prime Minister broadcast to the nations of the world on four occasions. The Churchill Museum is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life of the great leader, including a state-of-the-art 15-metre-long interactive table loaded with information about every year of the statesman's life. There are also special events for families and children throughout the year.
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King Charles StreetLondonSW1A 2AQ
- +44 (0)20 7930 6961
- Public transport:
- Tube: Westminster or St James's Park Train: Charing Cross or Victoria Station
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- There are no special designated parking spaces for visitors to the Cabinet War Rooms. Parking in surrounding streets is metered from 9.30 to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. The closest parking station is: Masterpark, Abingdon Car Park, Great College Street, SW1 1XX Phone: 020 7222 8621.
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