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“A visit to the past” 5 of 5 stars
Review of York Cold War Bunker

York Cold War Bunker
Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
+44 1904 646940
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Ranked #7 of 132 attractions in York
Type: Historic Sites
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Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, 15.30 And 17:00.
York, United Kingdom
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“A visit to the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is part of the monitoring system which was set up during the cold war. It used to be linked to the Regional Control centre and was of particular interest to me as I once(1981) deployed to a Regional centre for an exercise. This bunker had many original books and pamphlets and was most authentic. It brought back memories and as the Berlin wall has now been down for 24 years may appear irrevelant to some. It is not. it reminds some of a real threat of yesteryear

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“Fascinating little hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Hidden away at the back of a modern apartment block this is fascinating. There are no gimmicks to detract from the experience - you see it just how it was when in use. The young female guide was first class. Very informative. The tour lasted a little over an hour and included a short video with background to the cold war and threat of nuclear attack. Particularly helpful for those too young to remember it. Check the website for opening times as its weekends/bank hols only in general. Entry is by guided tour only so if you turn up shortly after a tour has started you will have to hang around outside for an hour or more for the next one.

Visited August 2013
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Herne Bay, England, United Kingdom
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“Interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

A unique piece of late 20th century history. Liam, our guide, was very good and as there was just the 4 of us on the 1.30pm tour, we felt quite special! Off the beaten track in a residential area but worth the visit if in area and are members of English Heritage. Only open sat and sun.

Visited August 2013
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We went with our 3 children aged 14, 11 and 8, the visit was led by a guide and was just over an hour long. It was very informative and educational for the children. I was in my late teens in the Cold War period but had no idea the bunkers existed so found this visit to be very interesting. It is all indoors with no windows and was very warm so be aware with what you wear, my youngest fainted, but she always does! The staff looked after us well and made sure she was ok. Easy to find but only opened at week ends, you can only go round with a tour guide and they are at set times, we went at 3.00 pm on a Sunday, there was about 20 of us on the tour.

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“Worth a visit if in York”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

The bunker if definitely worth a visit if in the area. The tour lasts an hour and the guide we had was very engaging, knowledgable and extremely pleasant.
I would not have thought suitable for little children however as a video shown as part of the tour is a little scary! And nothing really to keep their attention/clamber on/pick up etc!
Really enjoyed this.

Visited August 2013
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