10Best: Places to Remember Winston Churchill

  • Celebrating a Life of Accomplishment

    January 24th, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's death. To celebrate the life of this famous British WWII leader and statesmen, we've gathered some of the best places and attractions around the world where you can learn more about the British Bulldog.

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  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

    Built in the 18th century as a gift to John Churchill, this 2,000-acre sprawling estate is the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Beginning in February, the Palace and Formal Gardens will be open to visitors, where they will be able to walk a historical trail of Winston Churchill’s life on the estate including where he was born, baptized and even where he proposed to his wife. 

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  • Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

    This heritage site, most recently popularized in the movie The Imitation Game, is where the top-secret code breaking team worked to unravel the secret codes of the German army and is said to have helped shorten WWII by two years. Churchill was a huge advocate for the program and described the Codebreakers as “My geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled.” Bletchley Park is open to visitors daily. 

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  • Chartwell, Kent

    Chartwell is the family home of Churchill where he lived with his wife, Clementine, and children for over 40 years until his death in 1965. The house is full of memorabilia from his time in power, gifts from friends around the world and a studio of his paintings. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the Churchills' cherished gardens and wooded estate as well.  

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  • Churchill War Rooms, Westminster

    One of five of the Imperial War Museums, the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London are the underground bunkers where Churchill and his cabinet worked during the Blitz. Here, guests can step back in time in the Map Room that has been left exactly as it was in 1945 and uncover the stories of the people who worked and lived underground while London was being bombed in WWII. The underground rooms and interactive Churchill Museum are open daily. 

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  • Parliament, London

    Winston Churchill served in Britain's parliament for fifty-five years. UK and non-UK citizens can take tours through the iconic Parliament building to learn more about the government that Churchill loved and served his whole life. All visitors are welcome to attend debates and watch hearings. 

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  • Phoenix Park, Dublin

    Phoenix Park is a large urban park in Dublin. Churchill lived in the Ratra House (also called the Little Lodge) in the park from the ages of 2-6. In his writings, Churchill described those years as some of the happiest in his life. The house is currently used as an administrative building for the Irish Civil Defense School, but visitors can explore the natural beauty and historic sights of the park that inspired Churchill in his younger years. 

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  • St. Paul's Cathedral, London

    On January 30th 1965, Churchill received a proper state funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral. Located at the highest point in London, St. Paul's is world-famous for its dome, beauty and 1,000-year history. The cathedral welcomes visitors to tour the galleries in the dome, main floor and crypt every day except Sundays when it's only open to worshipers. 

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  • White House, Washington

    Churchill and President Roosevelt formed a unique and crucial friendship during WWII. Shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks, Churchill visited the White House in Washington to meet with FDR in 1941 and gave a historic address to Congress on December 26th. He returned to the United States four times after that visit including another stay in the White House as a personal guest to President Eisenhower. Tours of the White House are available, but must be requested through a member of Congress or Embassy. 

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  • Whitehall, London

    During celebrations that followed the announcement about the end of WWII in Europe, Churchill stood on the balcony of the Ministry of Health building on Whitehall and famously called out, "This is your victory!" and the crowd roared in response, "No, it is yours!" Visitors can walk down the same road as Churchill on this popular London street and see several famous monuments on their way to Trafalglar Square

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  • National Churchill Museum, Fulton, Mo.

    In 1946 at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., Churchill delivered his famous The Sinews of Peace address. To commemorate this speech in the 1960s, Westminster moved the badly damaged St. Mary Virgin of Aldermanbury to the campus and rebuilt it stone by stone. Beneath the church is the home to the National Churchill Museum where visitors can learn about the fascinating life of Sir Winston Churchill through interactive displays and exhibits. 

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