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Western Approaches HQ

Free cancellation
Duration: from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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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 sanitized between use

What's included

Entrance fees

What's not included

Tour guide


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


  • Daily
  • Opening hours: 10.00am-5.00pm
  • Last entrance: 4.00pm


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Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • 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)