Lascaris War Rooms

Lascaris War Rooms, Valletta

Lascaris War Rooms
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • Battlefields
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
About
The Lascaris War Rooms consist of an underground complex of tunnels and chambers that housed the War Headquarters from where the defence of Malta was conducted during the Second World War.This secret complex contained operations rooms for each of the fighting services from where not only the air defence of Malta was coordinated, but also some of the greatest battles fought in the Mediterrean during the war. In July 1943, the Lascaris War Rooms served as the advance headquarters for the Invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky)by Generals Eisenhower, Montgomery, Alexander and Clark and Air Marshal Tedder and Admiral Cunningham. It went on being used under different forms by both the British services and Nato up to 1977.
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Abi
Reading, UK41 contributions
A must-see in Valletta
Sep 2021 • Family
Our time at the Lascaris War Rooms was absolutely fantastic! We opted for the guided tour and our guide, Umberto, was brilliant - the tour was entertaining and informative and Umberto was happy to answer the (many!) questions we threw his way. You can tell the staff are truly proud of the museum and the work they do there which is lovely to see. Please visit this wonderful museum if you are ever in Valletta!
Written 21 September 2021
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Rob B
Wadebridge, UK1 contribution
Well worth the visit
Sep 2021
A fascinating trip back in time. Really interesting to learn more of the War Rooms role in the second world war. Our guide, Mike, was excellent; ex-RAF himself, thoroughly knowledgeable with a clear passion for the place. Nice little shop too.
Written 21 September 2021
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4gem24
Lincolnshire, UK47 contributions
Amazing visit , James is great tour host
Sep 2021 • Couples
Excellent! We opted for the guided tour rather than audio. James was our tour guide his knowledge of the war rooms was incredible! Would recommend to anyone
Written 20 September 2021
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Michael Critchley
Portsmouth, UK4 contributions
Essential Malta
Sep 2021
A visit to this attraction is an essential ingredient to any Maltese holiday. Learn and see what Malta went through in World War II in this , and many other attractions, now being restored by this amazing local charity. Suggest a morning visit - then witness the noon gun firing very close by. Its also a great place to escape the summer Maltese heat for a couple of hours as it is all underground!! Very well briefed guide.
Written 20 September 2021
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SALLYDOG52
Thornbury, UK101 contributions
A fascinating historical site
Sep 2021 • Couples
Very interesting tour with Umberto who was very knowledgable. Long history lesson taught me a lot. Tunnels used in Cold War also
Written 18 September 2021
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Caroline
5 contributions
Highlight of our trip, tour well worth it
Sep 2021 • Family
This was one of the highlights of our trip. They offer audioguides but get one of their free person-guided tours instead. There's a schedule on the website, though the website is a little confusing given it covers multiple locations. The tour was very well-structured, walking us through all of the different functions within the war rooms and how they fit together. James was very friendly and clearly both knowledge and passionate about the subject. It was really fantastic overall
Written 17 September 2021
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Nancy N
1 contribution
Interest- laden and worthwhile
Sep 2021
Unberto’s knowledgeable and expertly delivered account of the history and artefacts in this maze of tunnels and rooms made this a memorable experience for us. Impressive - as is the efforts of this small charity. Do pay a visit ( and there is a cafe too).
Written 17 September 2021
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Bahriye
Istanbul, Turkey9 contributions
Must see for history/military/politics buffs!
Sep 2021 • Couples
A fascinating and expertly presented tour of a key piece of Malta’s military history through WWII and the NATO era. Umberto, our tour guide, did a perfect job of bringing the history alive and highlighting some of the careful preservation and restoration work done in the tunnels. Would highly recommend this tour to anybody interested in Malta’s complex and interesting political and military history. Thanks for the really interesting and fun tour and for conveying all of your enthusiasm!
Written 16 September 2021
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Peter294
London7 contributions
Be part of history
Sep 2021
I was taken through the unfinished bunkers by Umberto, the archaeologist leading this fascinating and ongoing project. So much history from WWII to the Cold War to Britain's messy exit from Malta! Material is left where it was so ou are walking into a largely untouched time capsule.

The War Rooms are beautifully restored and provide all the atmosphere for you to understand how fighting was orchestrated with the technology at hand. You feel the high stakes pressure!
Written 16 September 2021
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Matthew R
Talybont-on-Usk, UK49 contributions
Great to see this saved
Sep 2021 • Solo
Well restored volunteer based venue. Such huge significance to world history. Great to see. Mike the tour guide was impeccably versed and could handle any question I threw at him:) #topman
Written 15 September 2021
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