York Cold War Bunker
York Cold War Bunker
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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 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 from 10am, on the hour every hour. No need to book!
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MARSHALLFAMILY_8
Southport, UK116 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Found this by accident, and what a find. Cost a tenner each and worth every penny. Our guide was very informative and came across with genuine passion in his subject. His tour was both interesting and funny. I will always remember Audrey and the thought of him trying to rescue the machine in case of fire. It also makes you appreciate the people who volunteered to live in these places for a month at a time in the knowledge that there may be nothing to come out to. Well worth a visit. You have to book in advance
Written March 3, 2023
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Muppet Master
North Wales, UK20 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Booked a few days before as we knew we would be in the area. I have to admit, my historical knowledge is shocking & I was just looking forward to a visit to an underground bunker but it was so much more than that.

Limited availability due to confined spaces (not in a scary way). Started off with a brief introduction outside then went inside. Only 4 of us at thay stage despite 12 in total being expected. Watched a short film about the Cold War & then the tour continued. Bit frustrating for the guides as the other stragglers arrived late but didn't impact on the tour.

We were shown around by Sion. He was so knowledgeable, explained everything in great detail and was so enthusiastic. We've been to other EH venues & guides have been on hand at various locations to answer questions but this was the 1st actual full-on tour by 1 guide throughout. Sion was amazing - so polite & a huge bonus was that I came away knowing what it was all about!

Would definitely recommend a visit as it's something of such importance that people need to appreciate. Fair play to EH for opening it up to visitors & maintaining our history.
Written May 29, 2022
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dwm55
Plymouth, UK13 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
A unique example of a Cold War bunker in near operational condition. Though small and compact the hour tour was interesting and was made better by our tour guide Ethan who used humour to help with the seriousness of the subject.

It painted a vivid picture of a near callamitous time in our history and makes one appreciate the dedication of the volunteers of the Royal Observer Corp who gave up there time to run these establishments.
Written May 9, 2022
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phil m
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Mar 2023 • Couples
Excellent tour of the bunker today. Our guide Jake was very knowledgeable and engaging. He did a great job of balancing the grim reality of the purpose of the bunker with the dedication of the volunteers who staffed it. Sobering stuff but really well presented. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in recent history.
Written March 25, 2023
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airman21
Falmouth, UK72 contributions
Aug 2022
Well worth a visit if you are in York, our guide Sean was knowledgeable and engaging throughout. The visit puts the story of the site in the context of the wider cold war. Only a few minutes from the city centre and is an unusual site that English Heritage have done well to preserve for the future.
Written August 21, 2022
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MJK
Coventry1,162 contributions
Jul 2022
Credit to English Heritage for buying this facility, restoring and saved for the next generations. It is absolutely unique for UK, even if it is not very deep and spacious structure, as it was purposed for the use of professional personnel rather than for sheltering people of York.
However the greatest credit is for the guys showing around the facility. They not only explain all preserved artefacts and equipment from the Cold War period, but also provide a lot of interesting facts about the people who served there when the bunker was in use.
Absolutely amazing and also eye-opening (what could happen) visit.
Written July 26, 2022
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Jacandhow
Bedford, UK2,021 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Wow thank goodness that this Bunker was never actually put to the test it was in use from 1961 till 1991.

There were mainly woman volunteers when needed, they would enter the Bunker for 30 days with no outside contact.

In one room was Awdry a computer that could detect a nuclear blast, but unfortunately could not tell the difference between lightning, fireworks or nuclear flash so every November 5th she would detect fireworks in a large radius.

Someone had to go outside every few hours to change paper in a machine on the roof and then would need to be decomtaminated, which was basically a hand held shower, and the clothes had to be put into a hot box and sealed up.

We booked online via English heritage and it was a really fascinating tour. It is in a residential area with parking more or less outside
Written July 31, 2022
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SteveGYork
York, UK2 contributions
Apr 2022
Reopened on 1 April 2022 and visited first day. This site offers an insight into cold war emergency planning and more intriguingly/disturbingly what actually went on there over three decades with up to 60 volunteers crammed into a small space for what might be up to a month in the case of nuclear war.
The scene is set through a ten minute film followed by a really informative tour of around 45 minutes. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the guides is exemplary. Well worth making the trip.
Written April 2, 2022
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DrJoG
Leeds, UK78 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
We booked tickets online via English heritage website for 4pm tour on 6/11. It was pouring with rain but got the bus there only to find there was no 4pm tour and no-one had told us until we turned up. Really annoyed at inconvenience and disappoint caused. So we were just left there in the rain.
Written November 6, 2022
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David M
44 contributions
Jul 2022
A real piece of history, this former bunker has been preserved to tell the cold war story. The tour is about an hour, our guide (Jake) not only informative but very funny. Hard to imagine that nuclear defence was monitored in this unassuming part of York. Well worth the trip out - easily accessible from York centre.
Written August 7, 2022
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