Western Approaches HQ

1-3 Rumford Street
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Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 8SZ

Tel: 0151 227 2008

Western Approaches Map Room

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£10.50 per ticket
Child (5-16yrs old)£9.00 per ticket
Child (under 5yrs old)Free
Concessions (Senior Citizens)£9.00 per ticket
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children 5-16yrs)£30.00 per ticket
Groups (of 10 people or more)£9.00 per person per day

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis. For the most up to date information on ticket prices click either 'Visit Website' button on this page

About

An amazing secret underground WWII bunker on Rumford Street in Liverpool. Western Approaches played a pivotal role in the Battle of the Atlantic. Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the wartime bunker that protected the tactics and secrets of the British Armed Forces plotting to protect Britain's sea supply routes and aid the Allied victory. 

Glimpse 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 has a direct connection to the war cabinet in London.

Experience for yourself where commanders, WRNS and WAAF personnel worked every day and night in the Map Room, the nerve centre of the Battle of the Atlantic. Here they monitored convoy routes and vital shipping lines, and pin-pointed enemy locations on a huge map; total accuracy was necessary to enable the Royal Navy to contact and destroy the enemy. 

Western Approaches is a step back in time and visitors are invited to immerse themselves in all the rooms. sitting at desks where the original bunker occupants worked. 

Guided Tours

Western Approaches offers private guided tours ideal for groups, VIP tours can also include a fascinating glimpse into some of the secret rooms which are not open to the public, such as the staff sleeping quarters where you can see the separate rooms, wardrobes and an old roll top bath.

All tours and visits include free hot drinks. Prices are from £9 to £20per person for a guided tour. 

Facilities

Other

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Groups accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking (charge)
  • Visitor Centre

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Exit the M62 at jct 4, follow the city centre sign on Edge Lane (A5047). Edge Lane will change into Mount Vernon, then Pembroke Rd. Pembroke Rd will change into London Rd stay on London Rd till it ends. Turn Right onto Churchhill Way (Elevated Rd) stick to the left hand Lane. This road turns into Dale St, then Water St. Rumford St is situated on your right.

There is pay and display parking on Rumford Street in front of the museum and plenty of other car parks nearby. 

Public Transport Directions

There are a number of train stations in close vicinity to the museum;

Moorfields Station James Street Station Lime Street Station

You can check your local train shedules on the Northern Rail and Merseyrail websites.

The museum is also well serviced by local bus routes.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 11.2 miles from the museum for international visitors.

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    355
  • Very Good
    112
  • Average
    21
  • Poor
    20
  • Terrible
    13

Recent Reviews:

  • Manchester1007
    Trip type:
    Couples
    One More Thing Would Have Made My Visit Complete.
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th March 2019
    Looking out at the plot from Max Horton's office was an intensely moving experience. One can just imagine Horton standing there in late May 1943, looking at the figures for merchant ship & U-boat... Read full review
  • SuttonScouser
    Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Solo travel
    Commercialism Spoils The Centre
    2 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 23rd March 2019
    I am very disappointed to read about the commercialism now involving HQ Western Approaches, and will not be visiting again. The plot table has vanished from the Operations Room and kiddies activities... Read full review
  • Ted K
    Trip type:
    Friends getaway
    Superb afternoon
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 25th March 2019
    I took ten friends to this wonderful museum and we had three hours wandering round taking in all that history well worth the £9.00 we are of a certain age. The staff make you most welcome we had Kate... Read full review

Opening Times

Open (1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019)
DayTimes
Monday10:0017:00
Tuesday10:0017:00
Wednesday10:0017:00
Thursday10:0017:00
Friday10:0017:00
Saturday10:0017:00
Sunday10:0017:00
Bank Holiday10:0017:00

* Last admission is 16.15

Awards

  • National AwardsDisabledGo DisabledGo 2013

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