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“Living in a land down under”

Stockport Air Raid Shelters
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Stockport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940's. Visitors have the opportunity of learning about the experiences of local people during the war from the displays in the tunnels and from the state-of -the-art audio-guides and to find mementos of the 1940's in our shop. Keep up to date by following our museums on Facebook at facebook.com/stockportmuseums and Twitter at @SMBC_Museums.
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Can't even begin to imagine how hard it must have been to spend hours in the underground shelters-must have been smelly and stuffy. Enjoyed the visit but felt it could have been opened up more as there are more tunnels to see. Sadly, the tour guide wasn't very stimulating as they could have helped us to imagine what it was like for everyone involved. An interesting way to capture it would be to have actors/staff play-acting the roles e.g warden, chap in the lock up, nurse or families - or films playing. It felt a bit abandoned and empty - it has a huge scope for development.....it's important for the younger generation lest we forget how things were in the war.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I never knew that any air raid shelters were so huge, it must have been horrific to hide down there with so many other people with very basic facilities. It really makes you appreciate how lucky we are today and what people went through in the war, even if Stockport did get off lightly. Don't miss visiting these shelters

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

So much you learn from this place, I enjoy visiting this place always fascinates me & sometimes gives me goosebumps. What an experience to see how the British survived the war.

2  Thank Zaneta P
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Good for all the family, helpful staff and well worth the travelling to Stockport. Amazing to see long tunnels with all the equipment from 1940.

We experienced how people sheltered underground on wooden benches and saw how the lucky first ones into the shelter got a metal bunk bed - no bedding unless they had time to collect their own.

My grandson Ben had to leave his fizzy drink outside and despite the notice inside the shelter canteen offering tea no one was left from ww2 to serve the tin mugs.

Park in the shopping car park opposite.

1  Thank Harry C
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Excellent attraction for the whole family. Tour guides were very knowledgeable learned so much when I visited with family. Experience was amazing defiantly would recommend it to everyone else!!!!

1  Thank James L
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