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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 3 weeks ago

We arrived not sure what to expect but were completely bowled over by the knowledge and enthusiasm of our guide. This is a fascinating story of heroic volunteering ... totally brought home the reality of what it meant to have been living in a time...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JillR1850
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Interesting bunker which has rightly been restored and taken over by English heritage, tour guide jake was decent and knew his stuff, I would have loved it had I not recently been to a secret bunker in Scotland and it was about 10 times the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Barrie D
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I heard all about this place on radio 4 and decided to visit with the family. The whole tour takes 1 hour and starts with a short film about the cold war , the tour guide we had was the guy from the radio 4...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jbundaych
Reviewed November 4, 2018

A very informative guided tour around the decommissioned bunker which has been restored to its original state with help from the former ROC volunteers.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank debjay8
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Really interesting place, little bit scary considering it’s intended use. Tour guide (Jake?) was very good and very knowledgeable. Well worth a visit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank April P
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

The experience lasts about an hour and is interesting. There is a 10 minute video with footage of Hiroshima and an 80s documentary (QED I think). Then there was about a 40 minute talk and tour of the bunker. It is quite surprising that so...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vincethewhippet
Reviewed October 31, 2018

This has s very good guided tour of the Royal Observer Corps Bunker which requires, and gets, a good guided narrative. The equipment is restored and original and is explained well. A bit on the chilly side now that autumn is here so wear a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LynLancaster
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

A fascinating (and rather sobering) hour long tour of this hidden gem just out of the city centre. Jake our Guide was fantastic. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ted W
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

We had a great hour here, interesting and unusual. The video at the start is a little full on, we had a 7 year old who was fine with it, but I was worried that the content was too much? Overall a good guide and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

This place operates timed slots so you need to get there about 10 minutes before the hour. Free to English Heritage members. The tour takes an hour and we had Jake as our guide who is awesome. Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and can answer all questions...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
September 6, 2018|
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Response from Sween63 | Reviewed this property |
1 hour is good enough
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Has anyone done any of these? They sound really interesting on their website and I am a bit stuck choosing which one to do! Any advice would be appreciated. The flak tower one looks great, but so does both the Nazi and Cold War bunker tours!
July 09, 2012|
Response fromthmoore|
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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I hope someone can help me. I visited a terrific little museum while visiting several years ago near the KuDam on a main road. I believe it was called the History of Berlin. It was in a former shopping mall. Afterwards included in our entry fee they took us below into underground garage level and we visited a Cold War bunker maintained in original condition. Does anyone know if this museum is still operating? Any info on it? Thanks
January 08, 2015|
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It is indeed Thank you
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