A former underground command centre in Fort Canning Hill, the Battlebox was built in the late 1930s and was part of the Malaya Command Headquarters during the Battle for Singapore. It was also the site where Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival made the fateful decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. 

Today, the Battlebox is open for daily guided tours unveiling the true causes of defeat surrounding the largest capitulation in British military history. Visitors can discover how the underground command centre functioned as a bunker during WWII, replete with features such as communications and air defence rooms.

Currently, admission is through guided tours only. Tickets may be purchased at the Battlebox Visitor Centre.

2 Cox Terrace
Singapore 179622

Tel: 6338 6133


Opening Hours (Battlebox Visitor Centre)

Monday 1pm - 5.30pm
Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30am - 5.30pm
We are open on public holidays too.

Tour Charges

Adult: $18
Child (age 7 to 12): $9
Child (age 0 to 6): Free

Tour timings:
Monday: 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm
Tuesday to Sunday: 9.45am, 11am, 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm

Getting There

MRT: Dhoby Ghaut (Exit B)

Bus: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111,

124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171

Please refer to for detailed directions on walking to the Battlebox Visitor Centre from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.