Imperial War Museum

Address: Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7416 5000

- Free


A comprehensive look at the horrors and heroics of modern warfare.

Set in a leafy park dominated by two massive 15-inch naval guns from 1914, this is a hardworking and important museum set in an imposing former hospital that dates from 1815. There is a lot to see - including an unflinching and detailed look at The Holocaust that is arguably best done as a separate trip. My advice is to take the lift to the fourth floor then work your way down. Alternatively, the core of the museum is the lower ground floor, which is devoted to the First and Second World Wars and has more than enough to contemplate - don't miss the very effective 'Trench Experience' here.

Value for money

Price advice

Admission is free with a modest charge made for some special exhibitions. Multmedia guides cost £3.50, or get a guidebook for £4.95.

Expert tips

If you're taking children note that The Holocaust Exhibition is not recommended for under-14s - but there is an excellent Children's War section.

Admission to the ten-minute 'Blitz Experience' is limited to 20 people at a time - if the queue is short, join it!

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • History