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York Cold War Bunker

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: 441904707935
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a...

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. Summer opening (25th March - October 31st): Wednesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays, between 10am and 6pm. Entrance by guided tour only, at the following times: 10:00, 11:15. 11:45, 13:00, 14:15, 15:30, 16:45.

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The last bastion of the Cold War.

It is well worth visiting this site if you are interested in 20th C history. The guide Jake brought to life something that could have been quite dry and dull. Little anecdotes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Joyce S
Stocksfield, United Kingdom
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Stocksfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is well worth visiting this site if you are interested in 20th C history. The guide Jake brought to life something that could have been quite dry and dull. Little anecdotes about the reasoning behind the construction and what the conditions would have been like inside the bunker; if it had ever needed to be used, were very informative.... More 

Thank Joyce S
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great museum to York plus the royal observer corps involvement in the cold war. The bunker is as it was last used in the cold war. Well worth a trip suitable for people of all ages

Thank Gavin B
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this place back in May and found it very very interesting. It is only accessible on an organised tour which is conducted by and English Heritage Guide. I think they start every hour, up until the tour starts, you can't actually enter the bunker. Once inside though you are taken from the entrance down to the bunker and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're visiting then make sure you have clear directions - it's a bit out of the way in the middle of a housing development and it's not very well signposted. We decided to go after reading an article in an English Heritage magazine and were very pleased we took the trouble to find it. Entry is by guided tour... More 

Thank LichfieldBoy
Arbroath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we were not really sure what to expect but when we arrived we were immediately welcomed by the guide named jake . we were a party of 3 and he guided us around the bunker with such enthusiasm , we knew he really loved his job , he was a great speaker and gave us a great tour round ,... More 

Thank 522claire69
Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a bit off the beaten tourist path..you have to go down a unsuspecting close with flats and wait for the gate to open but that adds to the excitement. It's the only cold war bunker left in its original way and the tour (1hr long) was really interesting - special kudos to the tour guides. Quick tip - check... More 

Thank Rooni1234
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect but my father and I thought it was fascinating. A great tour guide took a small group of us round. You have to go when the tours our on. So double check the website as they might change. Really informative a hidden gem.

Thank Beth B
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter lives in York and she arranged for me and my wife to visit the Cold War Bunker as a belated Father's Day present in June this year. We arrived at midday for one of the guided tours, and were pleasantly surprised to find that our small group was the only ones waiting (although we later passed other, larger,... More 

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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cold War Bunker in York was one of 100s in Britain set up to monitor nuclear attacks and tell central command what was happening. It's about three stories down underground. The Heritage bloke who took us round was very informative and knew his subject very well. The bunker was manned by members of the Royal Observer Corps and it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This visit was something different from our usual trips to castles,cathedrals and ancient monuments. The bunker was a control post where members of The Royal Observer Corps were ready to plot nuclear explosions and radioactive fallout across Yorkshire in the event of nuclear war. A short film sets the scene of the Cold War, and the rest of the visit... More 

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