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York Cold War Bunker

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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...more
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Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
+44 1904 797935
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great welcome on a chilly sunday, guides were fun and engaged, explaining difficult content well. The bunker is unique and well worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Phil C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited here while in York. Was a really fascinating and interesting visit. Highly recommend for anyone who has an interest in history. Would advise not to turn up to early before the tour as you have to wait outside, especially when the weather is rubbish.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank anneandtom1313
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I visited here this morning as it was our last day in York. We got there nice and early and joined a small group on the tour The tour guide was very informative and explained the purpose and history of the bunker...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kirsteenadele
Reviewed 6 days ago

Have been a couple of times and always go with friends/family staying with us as it's different to the normal milk round of the Minister, Clifford's Tower and the Viking Centre, although of course nowt wrong with any of them. Always go for the early...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not what we expected because it was a guided tour. Our guide Jake gave us lots of information and what would have happened if an attack had come. It was really interesting but also eye opening. Well done English Heritage and thank you Jake.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Discovery2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a guided tour of the bunker as part of York residents weekend. An interesting film introduction followed by a very informative tour. Amazing to discover what was and was not put in place in anticipation of a nuclear attack. Much cause for reflection on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tim B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not what we initially expected, we thought this was for living it and 'surviving' a nuclear attack not just monitoring one, it was very interesting. We managed to get on the first tour of the day (which meant we managed to get a parking spot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Northingtons
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So amazing and terrifying what could happen We saw a video of the H bomb in Japan so frightening and scarey just like the end of the world Oh my god the poor people what a tragedy

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a central control room which would be gathering "live" information about potential nuclear attacks on this country. Using the communication technology of the day (dial-up telephones) the information was relayed every five minutes! No instant data transfer in those days. Its a great...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Charles_and_Susan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really interesting way to spend an hour or so, you need to check tour times as you are only let in at these times. We went on a Sunday and tours were hourly. All the fixtures and fittings are original and some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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September 6, 2018|
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Response from SjT48 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour but tours start on the hour from 10am
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1 hour is good enough
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July 09, 2012|
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my daughter did the Cold War Bunkers tour a couple of weeks ago and raved about it.... so much so that we're hoping to do it when we are there in January.
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January 08, 2015|
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It is indeed Thank you
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