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York Cold War Bunker

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
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+44 1904 797935
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Thought Provoking Experience

This is a really unusual experience, an insight into recent history and makes you think about what might have been! Jake, our knowledgeable guide, helped us make the most of our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Gillian C
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a really unusual experience, an insight into recent history and makes you think about what might have been! Jake, our knowledgeable guide, helped us make the most of our tour with both his clarity and answers to our questions. As others have mentioned, do carefully check the times of tours as there is no access once the tour... More 

Thank Gillian C
York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an unusual attraction, well set out to tell a hidden story. It is a bit our of the way, but there are frequent buses and some car parking. Highly recommended

Thank Edward R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place only has tours at certain times of the day. So we turned up and would have to wait over an hour and a half, but we did not have the time to wait. On revisiting the website, the times of the tours were advertised but it was not obvious without digging deep. Not happy about a wasted walk... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gate is locked prior to the tour so don't turn up early Watch out for for the raised thresholds Sit back enjoy the commentary and wonder to yourself, What If? Could it have been a reality with only a 4 minute warning, We will never know (Thank Goodness)

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Cromford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well informed, helpful staff who clearly have a passion for their work make this an interesting and educational experience. Well away from the centre but the benefit of this is that parking is easy. English Heritage run so free for members.

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Surrey U.K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

As a fan of architecture and history I had no hesitation in choosing this attraction but was left a little underwhelmed given all the five star reviews. I loved the design and location - a cold war bunker preserved and located behind a block of apartments. The guide was very good as was the quality of information and the preservation... More 

Thank Autarky71
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

We were interested in visiting a place of interest in a housing estate,we had been before but it was closed,do look at the web page for openings,the guide Jake really helped make the visit, enjoys his job very informative with touches of humour,a 10 minute film of what could have been,with a H&S on site review thrown in,we enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful tour with Jake, he was informative and lively and was evidently knowledgeable and proud of what he is doing. The tour took about an hour, with a 10 min video screening. Do note that you will have to check when the tour timings are, since it is not open except for weekends and there are specific timings that you... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

This is a hidden gem. Quite an adventure to find the place but well worth it. Had a long walk from the train station but google maps helped YO 244HT .Excellent tour guide Emily. Amazing history. Kids should see this place and appreciate the feelings and concerns at the time. Who knew Radio 4 was the emergency station for major... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

I have an interest in history and going here just inspired me to look more into the past. Wonderful place, I'd only go for a few hours though and it's quite pricey to get in, free with an English Heritage card though.

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