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“So glad we went”

Battle of Britain Bunker
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Uxbridge
Certificate of Excellence
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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
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“So glad we went”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Please make the effort to visit, its well worth it.
If you can, walk to it from Uxbridge via St Andrew's Park. This way you get to walk through the old RAF base which is like a ghost town!
The guided tour through the Plotting Room was so well constructed and engrossing you could almost feel the atmosphere. Then there was a short fillm about the bunker and base with interviews from old service personnel. After that you are free to wander the museum rooms at your leisure, but still with the guide on hand to answer any questions.
We were thoughly impressed and totally absorbed. In our group of 8 we ranged from 16 years to 78 and all came away well informed and very happy to have gone.
As the Bunker runs on donations please make even the smallest purchase when you leave as it would be terrible if it had to close.
One word of warning, wear a cardi even if we have another heatwave as it is rather chilly so far underground.
Oh, and there are LOTS of stairs!

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Must be preserved forever”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is one of the must see sites as the historical importance cannot be over stressed.
The volunteers who are present are superb and explain the workings of the site in as much detail as required.
Great for all ages.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Essential education for all.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

It is impossible to describe how important this site is in words. It should be mandatory for anyone who holds a British Passport to visit this bunker.

One cannot imagine the intensity of discussions and decisions made around the Operations Room during the key moments of 1940.

Of great interest to adults of all ages and fascinatingly exciting for children too.

The museum staff are fantastically knowledgeable and friendly just to add further, this is an absolute must see.

Visited May 2013
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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Very Secret Bunker”
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.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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800 attraction reviews
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“Not easy to find but worth the effort”
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.

Visited June 2013
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