Churchill War Rooms#12 in Best Things To Do in London
The Churchill War Rooms are the underground bunker that Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his war cabinet used to shelter from bomb raids and plot their steps during World War II. The maze-like corridors tell the story of this volatile time period, centering on the larger-than-life leader that Churchill was.
Travelers describe the Churchill War Rooms as fascinating, and more than one traveler calls it a favorite London attraction. Some say that the attraction is much bigger than they had imagined and that people tend to spend a lot of time soaking in the exhibits and information. Others say that the lines at the museum cafe can be long. For all these reasons, most recommend that visitors get to the Churchill War Rooms early to avoid a long wait.
The Churchill War Rooms are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost 21 pounds (or about $29) for adults and 10.50 pounds (less than $15) for children, ages 5 to 15. Kids younger than 5 who are accompanied by a parent or caregiver get in for free. If you have a London Pass, admission is free. Keep in mind that if you buy your tickets in advance online, you’ll be able to shave a few pounds off your admission price. Audio guides are included in the price of admission. The closest Tube stops are Westminster and St. James's Park. For more information on the Churchill War Rooms, visit its website.
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#1 British Museum
The British Museum is both an architectural beauty and a trove of some of the world's most noted antiquities. In fact, many travelers it's the best museum in all of London. What's more, it's free to visit. From the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles to the Lindow Man, the British Museum is a history buff's dream containing artifacts in the millions. The immense collection can make an initial museum visit seem overwhelming: Pick the exhibits that most interest you, and plan return trips if you feel so inclined.
If you want a little help navigating the museum's 8 million objects, consider tagging along on a guided tour. Several, including the daily eye-opener tours and weekly lunchtime gallery talks and Friday evening spotlight tours are free. You can also book a highlights and special early morning tour for 14 pounds (around $20) and 30 pounds (less than $45), respectively. Audio guides, which cost 7 pounds (less than $10), are also available to rent daily.
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