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

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Western Approaches has taken the decision to close for the forseeable future. For more information please consult the 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 2019
  • Excellent
    581
  • Very Good
    154
  • Average
    25
  • Poor
    21
  • Terrible
    13

Recent Reviews:

  • STEPHEN E
    Fascinating
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th March 2020
    Visited one Saturday in March and spent a good couple of hours wandering round. One of our group, his grandfather served on convoys during WW2 and it was surreal to stand in front of the plotting... Read full review
  • Kathy M
    Shefford, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Couples
    Fascinating WW2 experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th March 2020
    Fascinating WW2 insight - setting really evokes experience and loved the details of letters from staff who worked there through such challenging times. Definitely the best museum to visit during our... Read full review
  • Barbara02
    Liverpool, UK
    Trip type:
    Solo travel
    Western Approaches history lesson
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 26th March 2020
    What an amazing history lesson yesterday bringing the work of the Battle of the Atlantic to life. Seen by over 34,000 people. History wasn't this interesting in my day. Can't wait for the next one 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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