About Western Approaches Museum

The Western Approaches Museum in Liverpool allows you to step back in time and undertake a completely unique experience, where you don’t just see the history but can actually venture inside to experience it first-hand.

The Western Approaches Museum sits within a World War II bunker complex which served as the combined services command centre during the Battle of the Atlantic - the Allied fight against the German U-boat offensive in the Atlantic ocean. The bunker has undergone a complete restoration and has now become a celebrated attraction and memorial site.

Named after the passage of ocean that it defended, the bunker played a key role in protecting the thousands of ships that made port in the Mersey during the height of the war, all while the tactical operations team worked hard to develop anti-submarine defensive strategies. Churchill himself was later to say that the Battle of the Atlantic was the “dominating factor all through the war”.

During their visit, guests are truly immersed in the action and can visit the underground telecommunications and mapping rooms and explore the bunker as a whole. Displays and information help people gain an insight into the development of the battle and the challenges involved in keeping the sea lanes open. Visitors can also pay their respects to those who lost their lives fighting for what the Prime Minister saw as the greatest challenge of the war.

Contributed by Rebecca Lewis

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