Western Approaches HQ
Attractions & guided tours

Western Approaches HQ

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Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover this immense WW2 bunker
  • Step back in time and learn about war tactics
  • Take a look at documents and tools used to monitor war enemies
What to expect

Come along and explore the Western Approaches HQ immense WW2 bunker and war museum! It was once required to sign the Official Secrets Act to enter the building, but now it’s open for visitors to freely explore.

The labyrinth of rooms and offices are a precious time capsule and even though the 300 wartime staff have long gone, a visit to this museum will transport you back to that time and will make you ask questions about the people who once worked here. Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked away in the WW2 bunker that protected the tactics of the British Armed Forces plotting to bulwark the Western Approaches and aid the Allied victory.

Take a glimpse at 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!

You'll get to see where Commanders, WRNS and WAAF personnel worked day and night in the Operations Room, the nerve centre of the Battle of the Atlantic. Here they monitored convoy routes and vital shipping lines, pin-pointing enemy locations on a huge map wall, where total accuracy was necessary to enable the Royal Navy to contact and destroy the enemy. The Operations Room has remained exactly how as it was left when the doors were closed on 15 August 1945.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • What's included
    • Entrance fees
    What's not included
    • Tour guide
    Reduced price
    • Children (5-16 years): reduced
    • Concessions (under 21 years, 65+ years, ex and serving forces, emergency services): reduced
    • Infants (0-4 years): free
    • Served in WW2: free
    Where

    Western Approaches HQ, 1-3 Rumford Street, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 8SZ

    What to remember
    • Self-guided tours last approximately 1-1.5 hours
    • Please be aware that there are a lot of stairs inside the building
    • Comfortable shoes are recommended
    • All tickets are valid for free returns for 12 months (permit pass and ID must be shown for return visits)
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    When
    • Daily
    • Opening hours: 10.00am-5.00pm
    • Last entrance: 4.00pm
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    Provider
    Big Heritage
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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