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“Very Secret Bunker”

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 July 28, 2013

Visited the Bunker on Sunday 30 June 2013, not easy to find, you need your own transport to get to it, situated on a housing estate tucked away.

At the time of writing a donation of £3.00 is required for entrance, you walk down about 75 steps to the bottom, there's a film for about 20 minutes explaining it's purpose and function during the Battle of Britain. You can walk around yourself through the narrow corridors, the Control Room, many rooms of history, glass cases full of documentation and items relating to Uxbridge on WW1 and WW11.

The Bunker has been open to the public for some years now, but not many people know about this, worth a visit but no wheelchair access.

There is a free carpark, but very few souvenirs to buy.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

the bunker is found in a small area just past the imposing headquarters building of RAF Uxbridge.After going down a steep flight of stairs you find yourself in a passageway which leads to the operations room.before that you are invited to watch a very informative 15 minute video which explains the workings of the operations room.When you have been through the operations room you go upstairs where there is a small museum.It covers the history of the station,the WAAFs,and various aspects of both world wars.I found it to be very informative and the staff extremely helpful.It does take some finding on the new building estate but it is worth the effort.

2  Thank wingate
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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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