Western Approaches HQ

1-3 Rumford Street
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Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 8SZ

Tel: +44 (0)151 227 2008

Western Approaches Map Room

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£13.50 per ticket
Child (under 5yrs old)Free
Children 5-16yrs old (additional children will be £4)£8.00 per ticket
Concessions (under 21, over 65, ex/serving forces, emergency services)£11.50 per ticket
Groups (of 10 people or more)£11.50 per person per day
Served in WWIIFree

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

Western Approaches will reopen on 1st August following the lockdown period. 

Social distancing measures will be introduced including protective screens at till points, temperature checks on arrival, reduced capacity, one way system and increased cleaning regimes. 

Booking tickets prior to your visit is essential. For more informaton and to book tickets please visit their website

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2020
  • Excellent
    598
  • Very Good
    154
  • Average
    25
  • Poor
    21
  • Terrible
    13

Recent Reviews:

  • sarah695
    Halesworth, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Family
    Online visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 30th April 2020
    We have been watching the broadcasts from the museum during lockdown and they have been brilliant. Really being history to life. The staff are engaging and tell the story and the worksheets are great... Read full review
  • L8612YUheatherm
    Trip type:
    Family
    Heather McW
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 30th April 2020
    Absolutely fantastic place,superb educational experience, and something for everyone. Extremely knowledge staff. Highly recommended. Read full review
  • Jonnyboy9599
    Trip type:
    Family
    Museum Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 2nd August 2020
    Visited this museum this afternoon August the 2nd 2020 with my son, very friendly and informative staff. Well worth the money enjoyed our visit, would thoroughly recommend Read full review

Opening Times

Open (1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020)
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 16:00

Awards

  • National AwardsDisabledGo DisabledGo 2013

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