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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james u
5 contributions
Excellent tour
Jul 2021 • Couples
A really informative and excellent tour of the museum,well worth the visit, and really knowledgeable guide.A very interesting piece of history which deserves to be experienced by anyone in History.
Written 26 July 2021
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Darren P
Northampton, UK19 contributions
Really enjoyable, brought to life by the tour guide!
Jun 2021 • Family
Great tour by James, lively, factual brings the site to life which a normal tour doesn’t quite grasp.
Much cooler in the area although the trek to and from in midday heat can be a little challenging.
The guide was really good with my son who also asked some great and challenging questions 😀
The museum like many attractions has been struggling of late and felt really happy to support.
Some of the static displays were lacking some extra information as to what they were but this is minor.
Worth the visit and we enjoyed it.
Written 24 July 2021
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sb_travel_bug
Newcastle upon Tyne92 contributions
Such an interesting afternoon- well worth a visit.
Jun 2021 • Couples
So interesting and well worth taking a guided tour of the tunnels as well as visiting the rooms themselves. Our guide Joseph was friendly and knowledgable. Whole attraction is very well designed and informative.
Written 23 July 2021
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Benedict Hunjan
Mountsorrel, UK407 contributions
Not great.
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited the war rooms today as a couple after a long walk from our hotel in the heat. It takes quite a while to find as it’s not well signposted and Google gets confused with the little side streets but eventually you find brown tourist road signs and follow them all the way down to a dark tunnel off which are the rooms. The staff on the main desk didn’t look particularly interested to be working; we were met very glumly and there was little to no explanation as to where to go or what there was involved in the ticket price until we were walking away and the male staff member explained our ticket price covered the cost of an audio guide. If we wanted, that is. It wasn’t exactly pushed on us. As it turns out you do need the guide - thankfully we took two. As you walk around (hard enough to do as it’s not a signposted route or anything), you find a number of cards with randomly ordered numbers and your device gives you access to corresponding audio files of variety length and quality. The English recording is some chap with a London accent who seems to struggle pronouncing some surnames. The rooms themselves don’t exactly come to life with or without the guide, sadly, though without it you’d not have a clue what you were looking at as there’s next to no writing in the rooms excepting one large space at the back where they seem to have written essays on all the walls as well as making honourable mention to a number of air pilots (fighting on both sides of the war). It takes about 30-40 mins in total and then you’re back at the café/entrance/locker area where you retrieve your bag from the locker (these aren’t allowed in for reasons unclear) and leave. It’s not the experience you find in other countries with war rooms but it’s okay, I suppose? Surprisingly it’s ranked second on TripAdvisor which honestly left me expecting a lot more.
Written 21 July 2021
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Ian D
5 contributions
Disappointed…
Jun 2021 • Couples
Closed early at 1610hrs… disappointing…suggested the cashier wanted to go home early with small COVID visitor numbers … if you want to close, let the tourists know by online opening, It is a nice walk down in 30degree heat let alone the up walk to a sunny and warm beautiful Valletta…
Written 21 July 2021
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Discover618071
3 contributions
Fantastic!
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great experience. James was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. The English guide is free with ticket purchase and I would absolutely recommend that - you get so much wonderful insight!
Written 21 July 2021
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cmc320
yorkshire12 contributions
A must for war time history
Jun 2021 • Couples
Fascinating tour of the war tunnels in Valletta. Was lucky enough to go straight after lockdown so was virtually a private guided tour. Umberto the guide was very knowledgeable
Written 20 July 2021
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Mihaz85
Ljubljana, Slovenia8 contributions
Great place to see, confusing entrance and ticketing packages
Jul 2021
We went to see the Battery cannon firing. We loved it, small open-air museum, nice presentation and very cool to see the tradition being kept alive and feel the kick of a cannon.

When we entered the Battery on top-floor from the gardens, I asked a guy how much was the entrance and what is there to see. He told me to see the cannon firing and open air-museum it was 3 EUR per person. When I asked if there was something else to see, I was told no. I paid the money for the whole family and enjoyed it.
When exiting, a guy in front of me bought tickets to see "WAR ROOMS". Ticked was quite expensive, I think 15 something EUR or so. As I wanted to see that part of museum I was a bit pissed that I was not made aware of War rooms from the beginning, because I stumbled across this purely by chance. Secondly, war rooms ticket also apparently includes Battery shooting, so I essentially paid for the battery twice. This should be more clear, and staff should inform visitors better of what is there to see and what is included in a ticket.

Upon arriving to War rooms, we were guided by a tour guide Mike, that was really informative, nice and answered all our questions. He was also very enthusiastic about explaining all of the history behind it all so it was a real pleasure to have a tour guide that actually loves every bit of the place. Highly recommended.
Written 20 July 2021
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Jonesy2235
9 contributions
Excellent and well informed tour guide
Jul 2021 • Couples
ent into the War Rooms in Valetta after a couple of museums we were planning to pop into in Birgu were closed. After buying our tickets at the Saluting Battery we went on what felt like an endless descent of stairs towards the war rooms, thankfully it was well signed so didn’t get lost! When we got into the museum area we were given handheld audio guides and greeted by James who very politely explained the purpose of the war rooms (Battle of Malta & Operation Huskey).
The war rooms are well equipped with recreated rooms using furniture from the time and donated equipment from previously stationed servicemen. As we wondered around it wasn’t clear if there was a particular route to follow through the museum. We couldn’t find the first number of the audio guide until halfway through our visit.
However, through our wonderings we came across James doing a tour. He was excellent and explained very clearly what each of the rooms were for and how they connected with each other. James was knowledgeable and passionate and was able to answer multiple questions based around the facilities operations and Malta during the war.

Overall: I would strongly recommend the Lascaris War Rooms for people visting Malta, even more so if you can get a tour with James.

The Lascaris War Rooms are important not only for the history of Malta, but also played an important and significant part of WW2. So it is important this is not lost to the winds of time!

There were a few things that I would suggest that wirtartna take on board to improve the war rooms. The first is to perhaps improve the information available in the first room with the donated equipment. The back stories of the servicemen were interesting but with the actual equipment there was very little information.
The few audio exerts we listened to were short and didn’t include much information. We were fortunate to join James’ tour, so didn’t listen to the exerts from those areas but if they are similar to the ones we did listen too they would be lacking.
Written 14 July 2021
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WeHa 98
Aschaffenburg, Germany195 contributions
Stepping back in time to a critical period on our history.
Jul 2021
This exhibit was much bigger than I thought I would be. There are many more rooms than I expected. There is some great memorbilia in there too which I loved to see. It's amazing to think of all the allied leaders who visited this site and all the critical manoeuvres hatched in this space. For anyone interested in WWII history, or the history of the allied success, I think this is definitely worth a visit - I'm glad I went.
Written 8 July 2021
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