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Western Approaches

1-3 Rumford Street, Liverpool. L2 8SZ • (0151) 227 2008
Western Approaches, Liverpool
Western Approaches, Liverpool

This historical war time bunker responsible for control of the Western Approaches has been restored and opened to the public as a memorial to those who died to achieve it. It is the original building where the original battle was fought and won and has been reconstructed exactly how it used to be.

The complex, which was known locally as the 'Citadel' or 'Fortress', was designed to be bomb proof and gas proof, with a seven foot thick roof and three foot thick walls, and 100 rooms covering an area of 50,000 square feet. The Royal Navy, Air Force and Royal Marines worked jointly there to monitor enemy convoys and 'wolf packs' of submarines, which threatened to bring Britain to her knees in the early part of the war.

The bunker played a big part of the winning of the Battle of the Atlantic, its role being to ensure the successful delivery of supplies and equipment into wartime Britain from the sea. To win the Battle of the Atlantic was paramount for Britain to survive, it carried far more significance than winning the Battle of Britain in the air. The invasion of Europe in 1944, spelling out, the beginning of the end for Germany; could not have been mounted if the German U-Boats had been the victors of the Battle of the Atlantic.


No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

Open 10am-5pm daily (last entry 4pm - please check the website for any late changes).
Adult £13.50, Child £8, Senior £11.50.


Advance booking is not required.


Located to the north west of the city centre behind Liverpool Town Hall, under Derby House/Exchange Flags.

Getting There:

National Rail Liverpool James Street railway station: Five minutes walk.
National Rail Liverpool Lime Street railway station: 20 minutes walk.


Parking available nearby - payment required.

Here's a sneak peek at the inside of our fantastic WWII bunker on Rumford Street in Liverpool. Come and visit and explore where the Second World War was won - hidden under the streets of Liverpool!

Western Approaches, 1-3 Rumford Street, Liverpool. L2 8SZ • (0151) 227 2008

Last Updated Monday 20 April 2020

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