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Review of York Cold War Bunker

York Cold War Bunker
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Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Summer opening (25th March - October 31st): Wednesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays, between 10am and 6pm. Entrance by guided tour only, at the following times: 10:00, 11:15. 11:45, 13:00, 14:15, 15:30, 16:45.
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“A trip down memory lane”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

I like one of the other reviewers worked in a very similar buildings at Maidstone and Aberdeen. For me it was just like turning the clock back twenty odd years, the smells, sounds and memories all came flooding back.

English Heritage have done a wonderful job with the restoration and it was if the observers had just got up and left. I must admit I was half tempted to have a go at triangulating a bomb burst or have just one last go at being a post display plotter.

So if you want an authentic cold war history experience do please visit. Forget the rest of the so called 'secret' bunkers you can visit round the UK they're normally just full of ex army junk, this is the real thing - cold, sparse and where the last few minutes of humankind could have been lived out.

Visited August 2013
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“Another side to history in York”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Having recently visited the Cold War Complex at RAF Holmpton, near Withersea, I was interested in seeing the bunker in York. Although on a very much smaller scale than Holmpton, it is still full of interesting 1970/80's technology and reflects the political thinking on the threat of nuclear war. The film was a good introduction and our guide was very informative. As I'm an English Heritage member, I'm seriously thinking of re-visiting in December when a special "Members Tour" is being laid on.

Visited November 2013
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“Very interesting hour's visit ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

Spent an interesting hour with Anna showing us the workings of the bunker. She was very knowledgable and friendly - made the subject interesting but was very approachable - brought the place to life.

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“Trip Down Memory Lane”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

I used to work in the Norwich bunker and it was just as I remembered. Glad that these times are past. A very good, well presented tour.

Visited October 2013
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“Cold war bunker may give you a cold wait.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

I live locally but have somehow missed out visiting this place. It really is worth making the effort. However, a word of warning, there is no waiting area, so if you arrive between tours on a cold wet door, there is no shelter available until you are allowed in at the allotted time. There are a number of steps going up to get in and then going down into the depths of the structure and there are one or two trip hazards, so less able visitors should take care. The guide was informative and entertaining and his passion for the subject shone through making it an excellent trip out. Good value and interesting.

Visited October 2013
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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Thank you for your review of York Cold War Bunker, it really is a unique place to work and I'm glad that our guide's enthusiasm shone through!

I'm sorry that the nature of the building makes it impossible for people to wait inside, but I hope that you agree it was worth the wait and the cold. Sadly, the 1950s designers didn't make many concessions to comfort, but we do have a chair lift and wheelchair ramp to allow access to the middle floor of the building.


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