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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
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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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Spur of the moment but historic building which was very interesting

We visited this on the spur of the moment - we had a guide just for the two of us as it has to be a guided tour - The bunker is not a 'secret bunker' for dignatories but rather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Andi M
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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this on the spur of the moment - we had a guide just for the two of us as it has to be a guided tour - The bunker is not a 'secret bunker' for dignatories but rather for the Royal Observatory Corps to ensure they could advise in case of nuclear war - A fantastic monument to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been in many attractions over the last 5/10 years but this definitely tops the charts for succeeding in weirdly entertaining and informing. The bunker is about 15 minutes far from the rail station by bus but keep in mind it can be visited by tour only (starting every 75 minutes). Bring cash as they have an obsolete card... More 

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Thank Fabrizio O
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The guide is very knowledgeable, friendly and does her best to impart as much information as possible but the place is small and you only go in 4 rooms. It's only around 8 pounds and if you accept it'll only be 90 mins of your day (you have to have a guided tour at set times, the gate is locked... More 

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Thank Jordan R
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited today. Guide Emily (uk) was a great guide. Explained everything in a way that all could understand, with humour and realism. Never knew these places existed in uk.

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Thank Vanessa S
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Incredible! I've never had the past brought alive so vividly. An intense experience that brings home in grim technicolour the fear of living in the shadow of the bomb. I do a lot of English Heritage sites, and it's often difficult to imagine people living and working in old castles or ruined churches, but the Cold War Bunker really forced... More 

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Thank mbellish87
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the bunker with my wife and step-daughter, who don't have any particular interest in this sort of thing but didn't grumble so it can't be too bad! I found the visit very interesting and informative and the bunker was brought to life by the guide Jake who clearly lives and breathes cold war history. The visit lasted just... More 

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Thank Wheelsy
Northern England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Here's a tip.Find out what times the tours are operating,you can't just go wandering around on your own. This bunker was still theoretically operational until the 1990's,so easily within living memory. It's difficult to appreciate that people volunteered to operate this bunker around the clock,in the event of a Nuclear attack.This meant leaving families and friends outside,to take their radiation... More 

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Thank OLIVERkATY
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We live abroad, but often visit York as family live close by. I had seen The Bunker on this site and was intrigued by it as I hadn't heard of it whilst growing up. As The Cold War is on the GCSE syllabus I thought we could go as an "educational family tour" - wow! We were all blown away... More 

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Thank FlanFam11
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Great tour guide, full of facts and interesting stories. It feels like it had more than a bit of a Dad's Army feel to it ("just wash off the radiation!") which doesn't build confidence exactly. The Ops Room also looks like something out of WW2 - they notified people of a nuclear strike by writing it... More 

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

Visited with wife (who has no interest in this type of thing) and 2 young kids. Very easy impressed with how well maintained this structure is, looks as if it is still in full operational use. Learnt a lot about the ROC from the informative and enthusiastic guide. The tour nature of this attraction really makes it a good 90mins... More 

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