Western Approaches Museum

Western Approaches Museum

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Derby House was a key operational hub during World War Two. Where once you had to sign the Official Secrets Act to enter, now you just need a smartphone ticket!

This labyrinthine bunker, once the nerve-centre for the war-defining Battle of the Atlantic, is just as it was in 1945. Now home to the Western Approaches Museum, it's a time-capsule hidden beneath Liverpool City Centre.

See original documents, tools, and maps used to analyse the enemy, plus one of two surviving phones that had a direct line to Churchill's War Rooms!

Highlights of your Western Approach Museum Visit

  • Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the WWII bunker that protected the tactics 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 London War Cabinet.
  • See where Commanders, WRNS and WAAF personnel worked day and night in the Operations Room, the nerve centre of the Battle of the Atlantic. Here they monitored convoy routes and vital shipping lines, pin-pointing enemy locations on a huge map wall, where total accuracy was necessary to enable the Royal Navy to contact and destroy the enemy.

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

A brilliant day out for the family in Liverpool and even better, the kids go free! Tickets are delivered instantly via email or SMS!

Western Approaches Museum - Self Guided Tour

Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the WWII bunker that protected the tactics of the British Armed Forces!

Available to 31 December 2024 Liverpool
1-3 Rumford St,
Liverpool L2 8SZ

How to Find Us

Public Transport

The Museum is within a very short walking distance of two main underground train stations, Moorfields and James Street. The mainline Lime Street station is approximately 15 minutes walk away. Our museum is also well serviced by local bus routes, with both major bus stations (Queen Square and Liverpool One) less than a 0.5 mile walk. Pier Head ferry terminal is a few minutes’ walk.

They are also within walking distance of all the city attractions such as 360 Liver Building Tour, Royal Albert Dock, The Beatles Story, The Mersey Tunnel Tour and The Great British Music Experience.


There is pay and display parking on Rumford Street in front of the museum (this is run by the NCP). There are also a number of other car parks nearby.

  • Toilets
  • Paid Parking

Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the building, the only way around is via these staircases. Visitors with mobility restrictions preventing them using stairs are able to access some rooms on the upper floor but cannot be guaranteed total access.

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