Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • TCSJG
    33 contributions
    Lovely find, taking you back in time.
    Wow! Like stepping back in time, pretty much untouched since it’s working days which adds to setting the scene and the atmosphere of the day. The sights and smells remain really giving you a sense of what could have been. There is a headset walking tour which talks you through the facts and is extremely interesting and informative videos and propaganda of the day. Thoroughly recommend, a real find.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • arw
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom7 contributions
    An interesting couple of hours.
    Very interesting place and my children were quite excited to be visiting a bunker. You enter through the bungalow and sort yourself out a wand for an audio tour. There is a separate wand that has a children’s tour. Quite a good idea and engaged them going around. Quite an eerie place, and my youngest was a bit scared in places - mainly where the mannequins were in the first aid room! Some films to watch as you go round, ranging from approx 10 minutes to 70 I think, so not for the kids really. Bit naughty to charge £5 to take your own photos going round, especially when it cost £30 for the 3 of us. Afraid to say I didn’t pay for the photos as it is all through an honesty box. No one was really around to check on payments, which was a bit strange, as dishonest people could pay hardly anything and no one would really know.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Akkers1
    London, United Kingdom913 contributions
    Spotted on Michael Portillo's Rail programme
    Never been here before, but we spent an interesting couple of hours here after spotting in on Michael Portillo’s train journeys programme. It is a deceiving place as you do not realise quite how big the site is or how deep. You tour round on a self-guided tour with audio phones and we liked looking at all the old comms equipment, which reminded me of my days in BT and the old propaganda films which are now quite amusing but at the time would have been scary. I would say that its worth a visit, but that it is not really a place that you would keep going back to.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • twobytwo74
    Leeds, United Kingdom55 contributions
    I love a bunker!
    I love a bunker and this one didn’t disappoint. It was a really quiet day when we went(there was only ourselves and 2 other people whilst we were there)! The audio guide was interesting although a little slow, didn’t matter though as we just skipped it forward to the place we needed! Was interesting to see the old technology. Having been born in the 70’ s and brought up with the series Threads it brought back a lot of memories of things of my childhood! Can see why people prep!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • AndreaBlush
    109 contributions
    Going Underground - A Radiating Experience
    This is a visit more for the History Buff than for those with a passing curiosity but nonetheless the Bunker provides a fascinating, unique and somewhat grim and disturbing insight into the tensions during The Cold War. The tour is thorough, taking you to every room in the vast bunker maze and lasts about 90 minutes. You can do it with or without the aid of a commentary paddle. The rooms are just like they were when the bunker was decommissioned in 1994. The atmosphere is cold inside, coincidentally reflecting the chilling and eerie mood of the place. It has quite a haunting and macabre feel and sensation, which I suppose you should expect from a Cold War Nuclear Bunker! The tour is embellished with audio and TV recordings in several rooms which depict the best survival options should the bomb ever had been dropped. Again quite surreal and unnerving. We didn’t come across any staff or other visitors during our tour which added to the atmosphere and heightened the sensation of isolation. As has been said, payment is at the end of the tour by unmonitored honesty donation, which is commendable and good to see, if somewhat sadly unreliable in this day and age. So all in all this is an eye opening, unique, somewhat daunting experience. It is not for everyone but it is certainly not something you will come across everyday either.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Michael B
    1 contribution
    Prob not everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it!
    Very atmospheric, and like going back into ultra paranoid time, from the moment we arrived at the guardhouse, until we came out at the end. The present owner was suitably quirky, but still approachable, and we had quite the random chat with him, in the canteen, which just added to the whole offbeat vibe of the day! Loved it, so easy 5 stars, all the way from Ireland!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • TheTaylorFamilyx5
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom36 contributions
    Best History Lesson
    Quirky, interesting and historical. This place is a must for anyone who remembers, or is studying, the Cold War period. I'd say teenagers or older. The commentary paddles were informative with dark humour - a must to get the most out of the visit. I would visit again, if only to read the masses of maps & documents that I missed the first time around. Lots of archive footage too. Well worth the ticket price, wear a fleece, it's cold in the Cold War era!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Donna
    Wellingborough, United Kingdom130 contributions
    The history and info was great the hospitality wasn’t. go in the off season to practically have the place to yourself
    This was a surprise birthday treat for my other half who had been wanting to go for a while. We were in off season during the week so what I loved was we were literally there by ourselves we saw 2 other couples the entire time we were there so we didn’t feel rushed at all. It did however feel odd not to have anyone greet us at the entrance like we could literally have gone in and could have got locked in. But it was nice to take it at our own pace. There was a 70min documentary just after 14 on the audio tour and because they shut at 4 we didn’t want to miss anything so we left the viewing early only to discover there was only 5/6 more stops and we could’ve watched the rest so just be aware you get through those quite quick there was a 20 min video after that but it wasn’t on when we were there. There is an honesty box system with dinks and photo opportunities just past 15 though again this is quite close to the end and a drink might not be necessary as the canteen is at the end. However this was the part that dropped a star for me we got to the end having gone around the entire place without seeing and staff/volunteers and the was one guy in the canteen on the phone we walked around slowly waiting for him to come off expecting a, ‘ how did you find it, everything ok?’ Or similar to have him get up go behind the counter we thought to serve us and see if we wanted a drink or anything. He closed the counter top slid a box over the top of it and walked out. The box was another honesty box for the payment. He totally ignored us. That was a bit of a sour note to end on. However if you’re interested in that time and the nuclear efforts it was very interesting to walk around. As someone who feels claustrophobic in small space I can say I felt fine here you couldn’t tell you were underground the ceilings were high and there was a lot of space.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Dream783079
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Good
    Went today and thought it was very interesting and informative. Didn’t expect to see so much . Well worth a visit. Had to knock off a star for the rude attitude from the owner . Made us feel very unwelcome when paying to leave , which unfortunately is the lasting memory of the visit . Lovely friendly lady in the canteen though .
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
  • RandS688
    Horley, United Kingdom67 contributions
    Excellent and interesting way of learning about the cold war
    This is a must do experience for everyone. It really brings the cold war to life. You feel that the government just got up and walked away. The audio guide is very thought provoking. It's scary but in an honest way. there is a separate guide for children which I'm sure is less scary.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
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Heather D
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
was my first time seeing this and was shocked when a was walking I have never been in my life before here I could never imagine what I did for us
Written 23 February 2024
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Kelly W
7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Expensive for a family, and not very much to see, it used to be reasonably priced so you didn’t mind that it only took around an hours to go round! And then on top they have no concessions for carers or disabled guests! It’s the only place I’ve been that don’t off that, privately run or otherwise! Will
Definitely not be visiting again!
Written 21 February 2024
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Jett Streamer
36 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
One of the most interesting places I’ve visited in the UK.

Audio commentary is really fascinating. If you’ve ever wondered what life would be like for government officials in a nuclear bunker you must visit.
Written 4 February 2024
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RandS688
Horley, UK67 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a must do experience for everyone. It really brings the cold war to life. You feel that the government just got up and walked away. The audio guide is very thought provoking. It's scary but in an honest way. there is a separate guide for children which I'm sure is less scary.
Written 23 January 2024
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Dream783079
London, UK4 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Went today and thought it was very interesting and informative. Didn’t expect to see so much . Well worth a visit. Had to knock off a star for the rude attitude from the owner . Made us feel very unwelcome when paying to leave , which unfortunately is the lasting memory of the visit . Lovely friendly lady in the canteen though .
Written 28 December 2023
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Donna
Wellingborough, UK130 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was a surprise birthday treat for my other half who had been wanting to go for a while. We were in off season during the week so what I loved was we were literally there by ourselves we saw 2 other couples the entire time we were there so we didn’t feel rushed at all.
It did however feel odd not to have anyone greet us at the entrance like we could literally have gone in and could have got locked in. But it was nice to take it at our own pace.
There was a 70min documentary just after 14 on the audio tour and because they shut at 4 we didn’t want to miss anything so we left the viewing early only to discover there was only 5/6 more stops and we could’ve watched the rest so just be aware you get through those quite quick there was a 20 min video after that but it wasn’t on when we were there. There is an honesty box system with dinks and photo opportunities just past 15 though again this is quite close to the end and a drink might not be necessary as the canteen is at the end.
However this was the part that dropped a star for me we got to the end having gone around the entire place without seeing and staff/volunteers and the was one guy in the canteen on the phone we walked around slowly waiting for him to come off expecting a, ‘ how did you find it, everything ok?’ Or similar to have him get up go behind the counter we thought to serve us and see if we wanted a drink or anything. He closed the counter top slid a box over the top of it and walked out. The box was another honesty box for the payment. He totally ignored us. That was a bit of a sour note to end on. However if you’re interested in that time and the nuclear efforts it was very interesting to walk around. As someone who feels claustrophobic in small space I can say I felt fine here you couldn’t tell you were underground the ceilings were high and there was a lot of space.
Written 7 December 2023
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Amanda E
London, UK6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Really enjoyed the bunker below. Made us jump, scream and run. Excellent experience. Fun for all the family and friends.
Written 30 October 2023
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PaulRowson
London, UK2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It could be better.

It was an eye-opener, a good experience and, having grown up in the 'Protect and Survive' era something I've been meaning to do for years.

I would recommend it, but with a couple of pointers and suggestions.

The first one, is the smell -- there is a powerful mix of mustiness and some kind of chemical in the air. It's tolerable, but strong.

However, when you get home the smell will be in your clothes and your hair and will take some time to air out or clean.

For this reason, I suggest wearing old clothes -- seriously, I'm not just exaggerating this, my coat is still on my balcony airing out after two days.

Secondly, when you go in, you're ordered to take a handset that gives you a mini tour of what you're looking at.

It's OK-ish, but a bit outdated and cumbersome to carry around. If you're in a large party, you can't really converse with each other while you're all listening to commentary.

In my opinion, it would be better to have posters and signs explaining things, especially that the audio can be drowned out by the demonstrations of primitive radio equipment and tannoy systems.

Thirdly, If you want to take photos, it's worth noting the big sign that claims copyright on anything you film or record -- they also ask for £5 for a photo pass.

Payment is when you leave, and on trust -- please take cash as the mobile signal is appalling.

Accessibility is basic, as are toilet, shop and canteen -- I don't think there's much they can do about this, considering the nature of the facility.
Written 15 October 2023
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TheTaylorFamilyx5
Sittingbourne, UK36 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Quirky, interesting and historical. This place is a must for anyone who remembers, or is studying, the Cold War period. I'd say teenagers or older. The commentary paddles were informative with dark humour - a must to get the most out of the visit. I would visit again, if only to read the masses of maps & documents that I missed the first time around. Lots of archive footage too. Well worth the ticket price, wear a fleece, it's cold in the Cold War era!
Written 8 October 2023
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Michael B
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
Very atmospheric, and like going back into ultra paranoid time, from the moment we arrived at the guardhouse, until we came out at the end. The present owner was suitably quirky, but still approachable, and we had quite the random chat with him, in the canteen, which just added to the whole offbeat vibe of the day! Loved it, so easy 5 stars, all the way from Ireland!
Written 5 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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