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“Huge piece of history”

Battle of Britain Bunker
Ranked #1 of 22 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
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Such an amazing visit to this huge piece of history.

A shrine to the just a few of the people that kept us safe during the war and deservedly so.

My wife and I popped along and we were so glad we did. we spent over an hour there after watching a short video presentation which really opens your eyes and helps you understand what was happening during the war time. We then took a walk around the rest of the bunker. Plenty of rooms jam packed with 'tit bits' and memorabilia galore that has been collected over the years.

A real eye opener for anyone of any age. If you live within an hour of this place then it would be shocking to miss out on this and the history that surrounds it. One of the best attractions in Greater London by a long shot and all run by volunteers.

Thank SJR03
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"control room"
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"battle of britain"
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"operations room"
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"step back in time"
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"second world war"
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"piece of history"
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"ops room"
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"run by volunteers"
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"no lift"
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"excellent museum"
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"british history"
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"winston churchill"
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"control centre"
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"well worth the effort"
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"short film"
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"interesting visit"
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

I have little to add to other reviews of this crucial piece of the jig saw of my country's defence except to say that there is an academic paper at
Software, IEE Proceedings - (Volume:145 , Issue: 4 ) by Peter Checkland and Sue Holwell analysing the systems aspects of this command and control centre for those who want to dig deeper.

DOI :10.1049/ip-sen:19982194

I gather that there will be some development of the facility. I hope it won't lose the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the authentic feeling.

Thank OccidentalAccident
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Having grown up seeing those post war movies, this brought the events of the Battle of Britain to life. We visited during the week (by appointment) so were in a group of 7. Our guide, Chris, was knowledgable and interesting. There were two boys about ten in the party and they were spellbound. The museum had fascinating artefacts from the era and we spent nearly 2 hours underground. We walked from Uxbridge through the old airforce base- now being redeveloped as a housing estate and eventually found our way. Signposting needed to be better for walkers. There is no entry fee though a donation is suggested - well worth the money. We also purchased some postcards and coffee mugs.

Thank Pam R
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This was a really interesting place to visit. You descend into the original Fighter Control Room deep underground, left completely as it was at the end of the Battle of Britain. This is real history that you can see and touch! The guide was interesting and informative. Entry is free but please do leave a donation because this is well worth preserving!

Thank Robin P
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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!

Thank Bananas2013
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