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For history enthusiasts like me, the Battlebox Tour Singapore is one of the best opportunities one can enjoy. I went on this trip after reading thrillo...
It was an amazing experience being inside the actual bunker used by the British army during World War II. The guide was very professional, friendly and...
Delectable food, tall buildings and speedy transport, Singapore has it all. Attracting travellers with its century-old temples, bustling hawker centres and lush green spaces, Singapore is a must-visit. Get a chance to visit former WWII British underground command centre by availing Battlebox Tour in Singapore.
What To Expect:
Explore Former British Underground Command Centre:
WWII British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill, the Battlebox was built in the late 1930s. Located in the heart of Singapore City, it is an award-winning museum. This hideout allowed the British Army to defeat Malaya and Singapore.
Discover its Functioning During World War II:
Learn about the functioning of the underground command centre during World War II. Get a chance to unveil true causes behind 'the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history' with the guided tour to this site.
Step inside the Fortress Command Room:
A place where generals deliberated on Singapore's fate, Fortress Command Room has in store a lot of stories to be heard. Know all about the place and discover the undiscovered. The glimpses of history at the former underground British hideout is a true treat to every nature lover.
A Guided Experience:
Get along all the places with an experienced and English speaking guide. Make your visit a memorable one with all the stories he has for you. Do you have questions in mind? Feel free to ask the guide and avail the best of your Battlebox Tour.
Know Before You Go:
How To Reach:
- Children aged 7 - 12 can avail child Battlebox Tour ticket.
- Infants under the age of 7 are not recommended for this tour.
- Wear comfortable clothes to get the best experience.
- Please arrive at the Battlebox Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before the tour starts to redeem your tour ticket(s).
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Rated : 5.0
For history enthusiasts like me, the Battlebox Tour Singapore is one of the best opportunities one can enjoy. I went on this trip after reading thrillophilia reviews and had a great time over here.The tour unveils the hidden realities of World War II and the ways of functioning of the bunker during that time. The experience was not only thrilling but worth every penny spent. Arrangements made by our Thrillophilia guide were also up to the mark. Indeed a good tour!!
Rated : 5.0
It was an amazing experience being inside the actual bunker used by the British army during World War II. The guide was very professional, friendly and eager to solve all our queries. It was really wonderful to know about the facts through different presentations, shows, and displays. Thanks, Thrillophilia and its team for their helpful tips and advice which made the trip to this place one of the lifetime experiences.
The Battlebox in Singapore was formerly known as the Headquarters Malaya Command Operations Bunker. It was built in 1936 in the heart of Singapore and was used as the headquarters of the army defending Malaya and Singapore (the Malaya Command) during WWII.
It was a British underground command center and was located inside Fort Canning Hill. It also served as an emergency plus a bomb-proof command center at the time of the Malayan Campaign and the Battle of Singapore.
The Battlebox was opened as a restored museum in the year 1997 on the 55th anniversary of the surrender of Singapore and was relaunched in 2016. Now it is one of the major tourist attractions in Singapore and is famously known as 'A Story of Strategy & Surrender,' which one can enjoy via guided tours only. It lets visitors learn about the functioning of the Battlebox during World War II.
Battlebox is located in the heart of Singapore in Fort Canning Park. Address: 2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622
The Battlebox, famously known as the Fort Canning Bunker built during World War II, is now a famous museum in Singapore. It is believed that it is the place where the British chose to surrender Singapore to the Japanese. Here, you get to know about the real circumstances that were behind the most unfortunate and the largest surrender in British History. Visitors can explore the history of Singapore and World War II through any of the two different guided available here, which are:
A Story of Strategy & Surrender This 1 hour 15 minutes Battlebox Tour Singapore depicts the miserable fall of Malaya and Singapore in WWII. The guide will take you inside the underground Battlebox and lets you traverse the network of rooms to understand the army’s functioning during the war. The guided tour also comprises genuine recreations, original artifacts, visionary commentary and engaging shows to provide you deep knowledge of the worst part of the British Empire in Singapore.
Of Graves, Guns & Battles This guided tour lets you tread the 700 years old history associated with Malay kings via the Fort Canning Hill along with the famous bunker Battlebox. It is an extended guided tour where you will enjoy both Battlebox and the Fort Canning Hill in 2 and a half hours. The tour lets you discover the different empires of Singapore, visit graves of old kings, explore a marvelous heritage colonial fort, and discover the former WWII secret underground command center.
Entry to the Battlebox is through guided tours only and tickets for the same can be purchased either at the Visitor Centre or online. You can book online tickets either on the official website or grab deals offered by Thrillophilia on online ticket booking of the Battlebox Tour Singapore.
With Thrillophilia you will get a flat discount of 15% on ticket price and a trained English speaking guide to make the tour as exciting as possible. As this historic war bunker remains in high demand, we strongly recommend you to book tickets in advance to get your preferred day and time slot. Also, online ticket booking gets closed 24 hours before the tour commences.
The Battlebox Tour Singapore (A Story of Strategy & Surrender) and the Of Graves, Guns & Battles Tour are two different tours in which the second tour comprises the first tour along with a visit to Fort Canning Hill.
The Battlebox tour takes 1 hour and 15 minutes (approximately) to cover the ill-fated defeat of Malaya and Singapore in World War II and the actual functioning of the underground command center during the war. Whereas, Of Graves, Guns & Battles tour covers both the Battlebox and the historic Fort Canning Hill. It also comprises visiting old king's graves, heritage fort and takes 2 and hours approximately to discover the history of war and Singapore.
No, you cannot enter the Battlebox without a guided tour as entry to the Battlebox is exclusive via guided tours only. To make your experience one of the best, there is a restriction of 25 persons as the maximum capacity for daily guided tours. And the entry is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Battlebox tours are suitable for children above 7 years of age. Though the tour does not comprise any disturbing images, the length of the tour, amplified sound, and the historical content can make little kids a bit restless.
Still, you can enjoy the tour with your small kid, but make sure to take care of your kid inside the Battlebox. You are also permitted to take a pram or stroller inside the Battlebox for being as comfortable as possible.
The meeting point for both The Battlebox Tour (A Story of Strategy & Surrender (1 hour 15 minutes)) and Of Graves, Guns & Battles (A Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill (2 hours 30 minutes)) is at the Battlebox Visitor Centre.
It is advised to reach the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour timing to complete your registration and get the entry ticket. The starting point and the ending point for both the tours are the same i.e. the Battlebox Visitor Centre.
No, photography or videography is not permitted inside the Battlebox to ensure the smooth flow of guided tours without any disruption. Secondly, it is also not permitted due to some legal obligations that protect the copyrights of photos and other material given to other institutions. You can buy postcards from the Battlebox Visitor Centre with pictures of key rooms of the Battlebox.
Yes, you can fill your empty palette either at nearby Hotel Fort Canning or at the Battlebox Visitor Centre. The Salon restaurant at the Hotel Fort Canning not only offers all-day dining but gives 10% off on the total bill (only on ala carte menu) to the Battlebox ticket-holders.
You can enjoy different varieties of snacks, ice creams, and beverages at the Battlebox Visitor Centre too
The famous spiral staircase is not inside the Battlebox but is a famous location on the way to Battlebox from the nearest train station, Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. It is made popular by some photo enthusiasts on Instagram by tagging it as the location of the Battlebox.
Though the Battlebox Tour is not wheelchair friendly as it involves stepping down to enter the bunker. But, the museum has designed a way to make the inside tour of the Battlebox entirely wheelchair-accessible.
And, one can avail the service of a wheelchair if any emergency arises inside the bunker.
Ticket prices for both tours are different and are as follows:
The Battlebox Tour (A Story of Strategy & Surrender): Adult- SGD 20 Child- from 7 to 12 years- SGD 10
A Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill (Of Graves, Guns, and Battles) Adult: SGD 42 Child (7 – 12 years): SGD 20
At Thrillophilia, we offer a flat 15 % discount (guaranteed best price) on the historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore package, which includes the entry ticket for one and a professional English speaking guide.
Overall, the best time to visit the Battlebox Singapore is any time of the year, as it is a year-round destination. The Battlebox is though located underground, but is fully air-conditioned and outside conditions hardly affect the temperature inside it.
Singapore itself experiences pleasant temperatures throughout the year and attracts visitors all through the year. Still, if you want to reach the venue without getting wet, then Singapore's dry season is the most suitable period to visit the Battlebox in Singapore.
No, outside food is not permitted inside the Battlebox. You can purchase food and drink items either from the Battlebox Visitors Center or at the restaurant The Salon located at the nearby Hotel Fort Canning.
At the Salon restaurant, you also get a good discount of 10 % on the ala carte menu if you show them your Battlebox ticket.
The historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore comprises a guided tour of 1 hour and 15 minutes and covers the detailed aspects behind 'the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history.' Also, this tour lets you understand how this famous underground command center operated during World War II and became the center of attraction after its restoration as a museum.
This guided tour package includes:
Entry ticket of one person
A professional and English speaking guide to make you explore each minute detail of the historic place.
Battlebox prices are the same for senior citizens as that of an adult. It is SGD 20 for an adult for one hour and 15 minutes the Battlebox Tour (A Story of Strategy & Surrender), while SGD 42 for 2 hours and 30 minutes the Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill Tour (Of Graves, Guns, and Battles).
On the other hand, for kids above 7 years of age, the ticket prices are SGD 10 and SGD 20 respectively, for first and second tours.
To make your trip to Battlebox in Singapore an unforgettable experience, keep below-mentioned tips in mind before visiting the destination:
- Book your Battlebox tours ahead of time to secure your spot. Visit the meeting point at least 15 minutes before your booked slot time.
- The eatables and drinks are not allowed inside the Battlebox.
- Photography, videography, and the making of notes are not permitted during the tour.
- The tour is not suitable for children aged 7 years and below.
- Wear comfortable clothes to enjoy the experience to the max.
- Not suitable for people suffering from claustrophobia.
- Not wheelchair friendly. Entry is through a guided tour only.
- The ticket is valid only for the date and time specified.
- Advance bookings are required for any group of more than 20 persons.
- Battlebox ticket-holders must present their ticket to the staff at The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning to enjoy 10 % off on the bill. And, the discount is only valid for the ala-carte menu and not relevant in conjunction with other promotions.
The Battlebox tour is not appropriate for kids below 7 years of age for being a place that hardly has any activity for small kids. Kids will not find anything specific to their age and may get bored. Also, the enclosed premises amplify the sound which could be annoying to them.
The tour is also not suitable for elderly people who cannot walk for long as it requires stepping down to some extent and walking for almost 1 hour and 15 minutes. Also, it is not wheelchair friendly because of the steps at the entrance.
No, pets and animals are not allowed inside the Battlebox.
You are advised to wear comfortable clothes to enjoy the tour completely. You can wear whatever you like, as there is no fixed dress code to enter this war museum. It is fully air-conditioned, so you will not feel hot even if it is underground and closed. So it is entirely your choice what you want to wear while visiting the Battlebox in Singapore.
You can easily reach the Battlebox Visitor Center from anywhere in Singapore either by public or private transport like taxi or train.
By Taxi or Car: If you are driving your car or coming by taxi then stop at the roundabout next to Hotel Fort Canning. The meeting point for the guided tour, the Battlebox Visitor Centre is just opposite to the roundabout.
By Train (MRT): There are two nearby MRT stations from where you can easily walk to the Battlebox Visitors Center: Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (North-East Line), Exit B From Fort Canning MRT Station (Downtown Line), Exit B
There are two types of Battlebox tours that you can choose as per your interest and time in hand. The small tour covers only the historical war bunker and takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. On the other hand, another tour comprises both the Battlebox tour and the historic Fort Canning Hill Tour.
This tour is a bit lengthy and you need almost 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete it. Both the tours are full of thrills and interesting displays of historic events and sites and are worth the time and money spent.
No pickup/drop facility is included in this tour. You have to reach on your own to the Battlebox Visitors Center at least 15 minutes before your allotted slot. If you book through with Thrillophilia, we make all arrangements of pick up and drop for you at some extra cost and ensure that you will get the best of facilities at the least price.
Things to carry:
Entry ticket to the Battlebox.
Valid ID proof.
Suitable clothes for small kids as it is fully air-conditioned inside and your small kid can feel a bit cold.
Baby car or pram for your infants as the tour is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Battlebox Tour is open daily, including public holidays and there are multiple tours on different time slots available every day.
On Monday time slots are 1.30 pm 2.45 pm 4.00 pm
On Mondays that are public holidays and Tuesday to Sunday, time slots are: 9.45 am 11.00 am 1.30 pm 2.45 pm 4.00 pm
The Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill is available on two days in a week i.e. Monday & Thursday (excluding Public Holidays). There is only one slot at 2.00 pm for this tour.
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