York Cold War Bunker

York Cold War Bunker

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York Cold War Bunker

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 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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Ghost hunter
5 contributions
Interesting event
Nov 2019
We visited here last year with friends, a great time was had and the staff were very knowedgable and passionate about their work
Written February 29, 2020
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Mercury727
York, UK8 contributions
Cold war geek out
Mar 2019 • Family
Now this is the stuff. An actual honest-to-god cold war bunker, history vividly conveyed through a great location not far outside the middle of York. Historical curiosities rarely convey dire stakes in the way this place does.

Everything is painstakingly left either as it was or as close as possible to when its official function was discontinued shortly after the end of the Cold War. Conveying their story through videos, guided talks and physical objects, you get an amazing sense of what the people responsible for this place were truly responsible for. Touching on the subjects of post nuclear survival and the continuity of the country under the most dire of circumstances, you get a pretty thorough view of this fascinating time in history. Absolutely recommended.
Written February 23, 2020
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John D
Birmingham180 contributions
Wow.... A great surprise
Nov 2019
Very intersesting visit. Great to learn about the dedication of thise that would have manned the bunker with no hope of real survival.
The staff were very knowledgable.
Written February 6, 2020
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Leila
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York cold war bunker.
Jan 2020 • Friends
Was really looking forward to this visit with a friend but it was spoiled by the fact that 3 babies in arms were present, one no more than 3 months old.
Also 3 or 4 children who were only toddlers.
They spoiled a film showing the aftermath of Hiroshima, so highly unsuitable anyhow, by crying and talking.
Why on earth any parent would bring such young children to such a place is beyond me.
I have had children and would never have brought them to such a place.
A, not suitable
B, spoiling the enjoyment of others.
The woman guide was excellent but hard to concentrate with the very young children about.
I feel that no children under say 5 should be allowed in.
Would have been 5 stars,but can only give 3 for reasons stated above.
Written January 27, 2020
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Velcro Bunny
9 contributions
A hidden gem
Oct 2019
When my husband first suggested that we visit a nuclear bunker on our child free trip to York I was not very enthusiastic!

He persuaded me and I'm glad that he did!

The tour lasted one hour, and I did wonder what they would find to fill the time. The tour guide was clearly passionate about bunkers and he made the experience both interesting and amusing. The hour passed in a trice!

It is a bit difficult to find as there's not much to see from the outside. We thought we were in the wrong place as the bunker is in a housing development with very little parking. This made me sense when you discover that the land around the bunker was sold off by English Heritage to find the refurbishment of the bunker so that it could be preserved.

It serves as a chilling reminder of what could have been.
Written January 22, 2020
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jan a
Harrogate, UK217 contributions
Really Interesting and Unique site
Jan 2020 • Friends
So what better on a shiny sunny Sunday in January than an hour long tour of this cold war relic in central York. Super tour, interesting talk and fascinating history from a site which only ceased in 1991.Well done English Heritage for this unusual venue.
Written January 19, 2020
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Georges-mummy06
Harrogate uk17 contributions
Interesting & Informative
Jan 2020
1 hour guided tour which was both interesting and very informative about the Cold War and the UKs need for and use of these bunkers.
I took my 13 year old son, (much smaller children would possibly be bored.)
The guide Jake was great!
Written January 18, 2020
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Lucy A
10 contributions
Interesting and different
Dec 2019
If you want to understand the history of the cold war and what was done to monitor it, this is the tour for you.
You get to visit a submarine on land and appreciate the effort done to protect the citizens.
I highly recommend for those who want to immerse themselves in the English cultural heritage.
Written January 1, 2020
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KevinSadler2364
Leicester, UK1,267 contributions
Wonderful
Dec 2019 • Solo
Ever wondered what a government nuclear Bunker was like, well here it is. The guided tour is excellent and eye opening, and explores what would have happened had the Russians ever attacked.
Written December 31, 2019
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benwillreid
Yorkshire, UK14 contributions
Intriguing brutal history
Aug 2019 • Friends
Went with parents and partner. Well informed guided tour which pulls no punches on the tough cold war realities. Lovingly restored and important monument to local history.
Written December 29, 2019
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