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Battle of Britain Bunker
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Uxbridge
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The only original Battle of Britain RAF Fighter Group Operations Room open to the public. The Operations Room, in reality a series of rooms on 2 levels some 60 feet (18m) underground, is reached via 76 steps. The plotting room with its large map table, squadron display boards, balloon and weather states, is exactly how it was when Winston Churchill visited on 15th September 1940
Reviewed June 17, 2013

The home of No 11 Fighter Group RAF Operations Room 1939-1946.

Visit now.

It is open at weekends without any requirement for a reservation. The fact that it is free is pretty remarkable. Donate generously, take time to read the catalogue of boards along the walls and ponder the importance of this underground hole to the outcome and success of the war.

The Hurricane and Spitfires almost hidden from view don't fail to capitulate you into the essence of war and the aerial struggle. The site of underground operations from which the greater part of the hurricane and spitfire squadrons were controlled during the Battle of Britain.

In Uxbridge. Who knew?!

Certainly not me, but this should be on everyone's 'to visit' list.

Immaculately preserved rooms. Quiet, ponderous and respectful atmosphere. Knowledgeable volunteers and interesting video really catapulted me to the stress and reality of combative warfare.

During this epic battle these squadrons shot down over 1300 of the 1733 enemy aircraft. This great achievement contributed largely to the ultimate success and survival and inspired Churchill's words 'never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'.

Obviously this is not wheelchair accessible and there are steep steps to enter the bunker. The whole place is very well preserved, the parking is free and easy. Keep going past the building site, it looks pretty innocuous when entering. Bit of a shame that the monumentous importance of this place is overshadowed by bulldozers and skips at present. Don't let that put you off.

1  Thank CKJEngland
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Well worth a visit! Has only recently been open to the general public with no appointment - just turn up. The bunker was much larger than we thought, with many different rooms. You can now walk through the old RAF Uxbridge site, from the entrance at the roundabout on A4020. If you drive, you need to use Vine Lane.

1  Thank Robbie_UK
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

brilliant place and well informative into the past and struggle of this country in time of war well worth a visit

Thank Danny B
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Visited today with my 17 year old nephew. Firstly, it is not particularly easy to find as there is a housing estate being build on the old airfield so view their website first and follow directions if going by car. There if free parking available at the site and toilets in the bunker itself. The attraction is NOT suitable to anyone who is not able bodied as there are sixty odd steps to descend and come back up again!
I found the experience factually absorbing as such a significant part of our recent history was recounted, and perhaps frightening to an extent when it is considered just how close we came to being overrun and actually losing the Battle of Britain.
The guides are interested, good natured and helpful. Do not expect lots of special effects or other spectacular incidents - it is a factual narrative by someone imparting just some of their vast knowledge on a short period which was so fundamental in shaping our history.
The accompanying museum and artefacts are well worth seeing.
Allow between one and two hours to have a look around at all there is to see and although the event is free, it is all run by volunteers, so a donation of at least £3 per person is suggested.
An excellent and informative attraction. Thoroughly recommended.

2  Thank foxeye1
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have lived within 20 minutes drive of this bunker for over 20 years and knew nothing about it until my wife discovered it on the web.

It is a bit dificult to find but, for me, that is part of it's charm- a location which remained a secret during the hectic years of the Second World War and the subsequent Cold War, should be a bit of a challenge to get to!

I knew we wee in the right place when we saw the Spitfire and Hurricane gate gaurds just outside the entrance to the bunker itself. At the moment, this is a free attraction with a request for donations from each visitor. When we entered, the gent at the start explained that we could donate on entry or exit, they weren't fussed. We decided to wait until we had done the tour.

Descend 60 feet down a flight of stairs flanked on either side by WW2 public information posters "Walls have ears" etc and information boards about the conception of the facilty. The corridors are similarly lined with information boards as well as paintings and sketches relating to the air war.

There is a small cinema set up which plays a 5 minute or so film on a loop. This film explains how the control room worked and what the information on the map and big wall means. This is very useful as, on leaving the cinema, you enter the control room itself and are confronted with the big map and info wall that seems so familiar from films.

Once finished in the control room, you ascend the stairs to the Controllers gallery where you get the view of the man who made the decisions as to which fighters to scramble to intercept enemy raids and when. My spine tingled to think of the decisions made in this room over 60 years ago.

Behind the gallery are a number of rooms that are small museum displays dedicated to different aspects of the Battle of britain- Womens Auxillary Air Force, Royal Observer Corps etc.

A very enjoyable couple of hours and well worth a visit.

Thank Matt L
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