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icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


Explore a former British underground command center on a tour of The Battlebox, a bomb-proof shelter beneath Singapore’s Fort Canning. Learn about Singapore and Britain’s tragic WWII history, hear the inside stories and strategies behind the dramatic British surrender.
  • Guided tour of The Battlebox
  • Learn about Singapore's WWII history
  • Guided tour led by history consultants
  • Step back in time on a military history tour
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622

Battlebox Visitor Centre (2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622)

Make your way to Fort Canning in Singapore’s Central Area, and present this voucher for admission to The Battlebox, an emergency command center that was heavily used during the Second World War.

Learn the story behind the surrender of Singapore, when Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival handed the British colony to the Japanese, the largest British surrender in history. Visit the museum with a Singapore History Consultant, who explains the underlying causes for the surrender, and the dark period of Singapore history that followed the defeat.

Begin at ground level, then go deeper into the earth as you follow a series of fortified rooms below the surface—the entire complex comprises 26 rooms. See dioramas of wax figures that reimagine the Battlebox during wartime, take in the remains of Japanese Morse code scratched into the walls, and experience a piece of WWII military history first hand.
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Participants will learn about the fall of Malaya and Singapore in WWII, and how an underground command centre functioned during the war on the Battlebox tour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for children aged 6 years and under
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Singapore History Consultants Pte Ltd
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    • "If you're a history fan, or just want to learn more about the history that helped shape Singapore, this is a great tour!" See review


    165 Reviews
    3 stars

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    Surrender of Singapore
    , May 2021
    I would recommend all post war Singaporeans visit this historical place; learn how about the pre-colonial days; how the British had to surrender to the Japanese - would be one of the most humiliating moments of British history & later see the defeat of the Japanese. Time you visit with a visit to the many gardens surrounding the hills & drop by the Fort Canning hotel for refreshment. An afternoon well spent!
    , Mar 2020
    An excellent overview of Singapore during the war years presented in various riom in the Battkebox. Our guide was clear and informative!
    , Feb 2020
    Well presented by the tour guide, informative and thought provoking . Well organised, didn’t mind the temperature taking at all.
    A must while in Singapore
    , Dec 2019
    We spent just 2 days in Singapore and the Battlebox Tour was recommended to us. So glad we went! Shaun was a wonderful tour guide. We learnt so much about this significant time in history. The tour underground was in a comfortable temperature. We had enough time to spend in each area, and also were shown videos sitting in a screen room. Shaun's commentary was clear, fascinating and at times moving. Suitable for all adults and school aged children.
    Battlebox Singapore
    , Dec 2019
    Excellent presentation - gave us a whole new perspective of what the real issues were - strongly recommended
    Battle Box Tour
    , Sep 2019
    The guide was very informative. Well worth doing to get a good understanding of the Fall of Singapore
    Very informative
    Jeff O
    , Aug 2019
    I did not know much about the history of this region during WW2 but felt like I left with a great understanding of the war and the causes leading up to the British surrender. Our guide was fantastic, speaking clearly and with enthusiasm. There are several short videos in different rooms to also give you some visuals from the time. If you're a history fan, or just want to learn more about the history that helped shape Singapore, this is a great tour!
    A fascination lesson on Singapores war history
    , Aug 2019
    This short 75 minute tour demonstrated and clarified the events that led up to the fall of Singapore during WW2. The Battlebox tour took us underground into a laberynth of rooms that was the British headquarters/ war command centre. This is a small group tour and our guide Joanna was informative. A great experience.
    Worthwhile, informative
    , Jul 2019
    We took two of our grandkids to this exhibit and they were totally absorbed - very well curated and presented - very informative - our guide was excellent.
    Battlebox Tour
    Andrew F
    , Jul 2019
    Very informative and interesting. Gave insight in to the events leading up to the fall of Singapore.

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