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Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelvedon Hall Lane, Brentwood CM14 5TL, England
01277 364 883
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Ranked #7 of 19 attractions in Brentwood
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: It was a pleasure to visit the "top secret nuclear bunker" and it really is top secret! A scary yet facinating place to tour, giving a feel of the... more »
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Brentwood, England, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I lived near this place for years without any inkling that it was there - so calling it a secret nuclear bunker is very apt. If you have any liking for recent history it's well worth a visit. The management were very laid back - we paid via an honesty box at the end of the trip - but have... More

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Essex, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I took my eleven year old son yesterday in the half term break (April 2014). It is off the beaten track down a country lane, across a field (magical) free car parking upon arrival, there are lots of little signposts directing you to the many activities this place has to offer, wish we had taken a picnic. The house that... More

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a highly recommended place to visit. There is a challenging and exciting range of adventure activities, but maybe mum better look away! The bunker itself is fascinating; crammed with loads of technical wizardry from the cold-war days of the 60's; this was very nostalgic for me as I worked with much of this stuff at the time. This... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Really enjoyed looking round this place. Very interesting site. Gave a very good sense of what it might have been like had this ever been used for its intended purpose. Good value for money, it is a bit rough around the edges but it is a family run small business. The commentary on the "wands" is interesting informative and in... More

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The staff at Kelvedon hatch were really helpful and took time out to help me with an assignment for my degree course. The site itself is absolutely fascinating and would be well worth the tour to get a full understanding of its role during the Cold War and a sense of that time in our history. A well recommended day... More

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A friend and I visited this "attraction" with a degree of interest in the history of the Cold War, but with some trepidation given the previous visitor reviews. The approach to the car park was by way of a tarmac single track road, some half a mile long, across fields. The tall mast in the distance marks the spot, now... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited the bunker today after picking up a leaflet about it recently. On arrival it was odd that there were no staff or volunteers about but there were lots of signs demanding various things- curiously several saying to take photographs you must first buy a £5 permit from the canteen (the canteen is the last room... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This is a fascinating place to visit. The bunker is 80 - 100 feet below a bungalow and was a secret construction in the fifties. In the event of a nuclear attack, it was to be used to shelter Government employees including Prime Ministers. It is scruffy and grim but what else could anyone expect in the event of such... More

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Essex
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15 reviews 15 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This place could have been really interesting but unfortunately, it's laughably awful and appallingly managed. For that genuine Cold War Soviet experience, there are signs literally everywhere informing visitors that they're being watched and will be charged £5 if they take photos. Frankly, the owners would be better off letting people take their own photos rather than trying to force... More

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essex
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Having lived locally for many years, decided it was time we visited the bunker. On this occasion I was visiting with a group of young adults that I work with. After driving up a long drive across fields, and parking, we discovered that the walk to the bunker entrance was down a slope in the woods. Although we managed this,... More

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