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“A hidden gem of history that deserves to be better known” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Battle of Britain Bunker

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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“A hidden gem of history that deserves to be better known”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

We had planned on spending about 30 mins here on the way out of London but in the end spent nearly two hours looking around this fantastic museum.

Not the easiest place to find - follow the brown signs from the B483, wend through a new build housing estate and turn past a large white house until you see signs for RAF Uxbridge through the trees. Free parking leads you to two beautiful gate guardians - suitably a Spitfire and Hurricane and then down into the bunker itself.

Admission is free although there is a £3 suggested donation. Access is down two long steep flights of stairs - unfortunately as a grade 1 listed building they apparently arent able to install a lift. Facilities are limited - there are toilets but no refreshments or gift shop.

The museum itself consists of the original WW2 operations control room where the Battle of Britain was directed from, several rooms of original memorabilia, documents, uniforms, medals and a multitude of paintings, drawings and pictures of the men and women who fought nearly 75 years ago.

The truely amazing thing here is to see original artifacts in the very place they were used - the plotting table and the state of readiness board of all Fighter Command 11 Group squadrons - all are exactly as they were in the room that saw visits from such luminaries as Churchill, Eisenhower, George VI and the late Queen Mother. How often do you get to say that!

Currently weekday visits are by appointment only and whilst the website currently indicates it is open every weekend, the guides told us that in practice it is only possible at the moment to open the first weekend of each month, so definitely phone or email to confirm opening times if you can.

This place really is a hidden gem of WW2 history that really should be better known and open to the public more but is a definite recommendation for those interested in history.

Visited May 2014
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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“I'd love to visit this place......they don't make it easy”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

Finding the bunker is a feat in itself. It's sign posted to an extent. However, when you finally arrive at the bunker it's to find that you have to phone them to make an appointment.

Visited May 2014
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10 Thank Carrie R
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London
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“A hidden historical gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

I went along to this expecting simply to be able to see the Battle of Britain control room for 11 Group of Fighter Command. We did indeed see that, and this in itself would have made a remarkable day out - to see the map of south-east England laid out and the way in which the various British and hostile formations were shown on it; to have the control boards explained to us; and to sit in the chair where the controller directed operations were all fascinating.

What was so unexpected was to be able to explore much of the rest of this large bunker as well, which has been turned into an excellent museum covering diverse subjects such as Bomber Command, women in the air force, and the development of the Dowding Fighter Command control system.

We ended up spending a good couple of hours here, and could have taken longer. An excellent historical site and museum, which deserves to be better known and visited.

Visited May 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

A great trip - in addition to seeing a Hurricane and Spitfire when you descend into the depths of the bunker and see where mission control was for the Battle of Britain and the battles that followed it is a great way to show how advanced technology was for the time and how basic it is compared to today. Well worth the trip to get kids and teenagers to get a feel for the 1940's.

Visited May 2014
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NW London
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“HISTORIC VISIT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

A wonderful gem right in the middle of our town - little known until it was opened to the general public for trial weekends which were a roaring success and more opening times are planned. A great insight into what actually went on during the war years on that "famous plotting table" and to hear recorded and personal stories of some of the people involved. Quite steep steps down into the actual bunker but along the various walkways into the different areas there are lots of pictures/actual photos depicting a lot of what went on. Do visit if you get a chance it's very well worth it and puts things into perspective about the behind the scenes for the war effort.

Visited May 2013
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