Battle of Britain Bunker

Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge

Battle of Britain Bunker
5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The only original Battle of Britain RAF Fighter Group Operations Room open to the public. The Bunker contains a number of rooms on two levels, 60 feet (18m) underground and is accessible via 76 steps. The plotting room with its large map table, squadron display boards, balloon and weather states, is how it appeared when Winston Churchill visited on 15 September 1940.
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seymoose
17 contributions
Sep 2021
I last visited the Bunker in September 2015 when it was a much more informal affair. I visited again on Saturday 4 September and was very impressed with the revamped Visitor Centre which now does justice to its subject.
Due to heavy traffic, I arrived a little late for the start of the tour so unfortunately didn't get the name of the guide but I think he was called Jack. A very knowledgeable chap who is clearly passionate about his subject and this enthusiasm was plain for us all to see. Anyone familiar with the Battle of Britain and the film of the same name will be aware of the Operations Room and the vital part it played in events of 1940, I would put this on a par with The Cabinet War Rooms as it depicts the events of the most crucial day of the Battle - 15 September - and how history unfolded, the tote board function was explained as were the various features of the plotting table. The whole place is rich in atmosphere, enhanced by a little museum of uniforms, artefacts and models which may be perused after the Ops Room tour has concluded.
The Visitor Centre is excellent and I was pleased to see the separate exhibition devoted to the Polish Air Force, who made such a vital contribution to victory in the Battle and operations afterwards. Fascinating exhibits including personal items, awards and decorations and an interesting newsreel film of a Polish bomber squadron preparing for a mission over Germany.
My visit concluded with a cup of Spitfire tea and a piece of cake in the cafeteria, I had a lovely chat with one of the lady servers called Shirley who told me some of her own personal story and links to the world of aviation, I could have stayed a lot longer as the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable.
I hope to visit again next year and recommend the Bunker 100% to anyone who has an interest in one of the most crucial battles of the war.
A huge thank you to all of the staff who made my visit so memorable (especially Shirley).
Written September 6, 2021
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Glen B
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Nov 2021
Visited the Bunker today where I took the tour and then the museum itself. What an experience. The bunker is as it was in 1940 for the battle of Britain. Andy was the tour guide and how passionate he was about the place, the people and this pivotal point in our history. There is a choice of just visiting the museum or doing the guided tour as well Without the tour is like eating an ice cream cone without the ice cream. We spent about an hour in the bunker with Andy explaining exactly how the first integrated air defence system worked. It may surprise you to know that the bunker was only fully operational about two weeks before the start of the war! In total spent 3.5 hours in total and now that have been and can have time to absorb what I found would definitely pay a return visit. Really if you love WWII history then you will love this.
Written November 7, 2021
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Derek S
Bedar, Spain10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
A two part visit comprising of an escorted tour with talk of the underground bunker and strategic air command map and plot room used during the battle of Britain. The map room is pretty much as it was during the air conflict including much of the Dowding system still operational. I got a real sense of what it must have been like during our most vulnerable time prior to the planned Natzi invasion. The tour groups are relatively small allowing a more close and personal tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and covered a lot of his the bunker operated during the war. The museum is also well laid out with interesting interactive exhibits, particularly the radar and plotting map. They also have lifesize replicas of the Spitfire and Hurricane. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Written August 21, 2021
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Nicola W
20 contributions
Sep 2021
We recently visited the bunker for the first time and found it to be a fascinating insight and time capsule. Well worth a visit for anyone who is interested in this era or just wants to learn more about the people and challenges they faced.
The team were very friendly and informative and the online ticket booking was easy.
Would have liked to have spent more time in the bunker, however the tour started a little late because other visitors did not arrive on time.
Written October 30, 2021
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Nuala G
County Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Feb 2020
A small but fascinating museum and gripping tour. What differentiates this museum and tour from some others is the way in which personal accounts and experiences of participants in the defence of their homeland whether mothers in the ARP, women working in the bunkers, spotters on land or the fighter pilots in the air are brought to the fore. The overall and well thought out strategy is outlined and then the reality of hectic days in the bunker and in the air are described by the obviously enthusiastic and passionate guides. Well worth a visit!
Written March 5, 2020
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Dick Dastardly
London, UK96 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were blown away, not just with what we saw, but with the enthusiasm of Tim our guide.

I'm sure that he has repeated the same information a thousand times before but to us it felt like it must surely be the first time, such was his passion and skilled story telling.

It felt like a real privilege to see the bunker but our abiding memory will be how Tim drew us in with his tales and succeeded in having us all hanging on his every word.

Olympic medal standard of guiding
Written September 13, 2020
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Danielle N
21 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Fantastic guided tour down to the bunker. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went into great detail. We were shown all the different places of interest and given time to roam freely and take photos. Tour lasted one hour and there is a lovely, clean cafe outside which is a great spot to sit at to have tea/coffee, toasties or cake.
Written June 26, 2021
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CoasterCrazyAndy
London, UK12 contributions
May 2021
Have now done the tour 5 times and learn something new every time!
Took some first timers with me and they thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The bunker is full of history and the guides very knowledgable. Every schoolchild in the UK should attend to learn so much importance about our history and the sacrifices made to give us the freedom we have today.
The visitor centre is great too - lots of information and although not 'hands on' at the moment thanks to Covid - still worth a visit. And finally the tea shop makes the best tea! Visit if you can (and if you are a resident of Hillingdon, it's free -with your Hillingdon First Card)
Written May 24, 2021
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TwoPigeons
Halifax, UK41 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
We visited on 26th May. The visit was of personal interest to me as a relative had been stationed there. The guide for the Bunker tour was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There is a small museum in the Bunker and a much bigger display in the new museum building next door. Well worth a visit.
Written June 29, 2021
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Martin C
61 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I thought I knew a little about Britain’s air defences during World War 2. It turns out that my knowledge had some serious gaps! Not so after the hour long very interesting and informative guided tour, delivered with passion. This was followed by a leisurely look around the museum, with its many hands on exhibits. An important monument to the history of our air defences.
Written February 24, 2020
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