Discover the place where the Second World War was won – hidden under the streets of Liverpool.

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 bulwark the Western Approaches 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 had a direct connection to the war cabinet in London.

See where commanders and 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 laid across the table; total accuracy was necessary to enable the Royal Navy to contact and destroy the enemy.

The Map Room has remained exactly how as it was left when the doors were closed on 15 August 1945.


Western Approaches Museum
1-3 Rumford Street (Off Chapel Street)
Exchange Flags
Liverpool, Merseyside
L2 8SZ

Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTEwe are closed on Mondays for the Winter period, opening again on Mondays March 4 2019.

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.00pm)

CLOSURES – due to special events or private hires

February 7th 2019 all day & closing at 1pm on February 26th


It is not neceesary to purchase tickets in advance but if you would like to do so  please click here to access our online store

Admission Price
Adult £10.50
(senior citizens, students & Forces)*
Children (5 – 16)

Children under 5



Family ticket
(2 adults / 2 children)
(10 people or more)
£9.00 per person

*Students must present a valid student card, forces discount requires a Forces Card

Latest News

Western Approaches receives 2018 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

We are delighted to announce that Western Approaches has been recognised with a 2018 Certificate of Excellence, based on consistently great reviews on Trip Advisor.

Did you see Western Approaches on Channel 5?

On Friday night Western Approaches featured on Channel 5’s Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson.

Come and visit Western Approaches today!

Immerse yourself in Liverpool’s incredible past – and come and visit our WWII bunker today!