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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.
Reviewed 14 November 2013

We were taken on a tour by Rachel (I think that was her name - she was the site manager) and she was excellent at describing what went on in the bunker. I never knew such places existed. Rachel was very informative and open to questions.

I did laugh on many occasions though - how primitive some of the activities were back in the 60's, 70's and 80's, eg. if a nuclear bomb was dropped, staff would have had to go outside and retrieve light sensitive paper from a gadget on the roof - BUT they were never supplied with protective suits - apparently "they" kept meaning to supply them but never got round to it. Maybe it's my warped sense of humour but it all seems to have been run on a wing and a prayer but a very serious wing and a prayer. Very "Dad's Army". Nowadays with all the Health and Safety rules you wouldn't even be allowed to work down there - not enough space per person etc.

Go and have a look. It's great and very well preserved.

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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

Went last Saturday after being asked to accompany a friend who was keen to go. So glad I did. It was superb.

I was here in 1990 as part of an electrical team involved in maintenance and it was just as I remember it. That unmistakable, ubiquitous 'MOD' smell permeated every nook and cranny.

Our guide - Liam - was both informative and personable and really lit up the tour with his wit and knowledge. Superb.

When the zombie apocalypse hits - this is where I'm headed!

Highly recommended.

Thank haywa_s
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Fascinating visit and well worth the effort to find it. Probably best to use a SAT NAV if you can as it gets you right to the place.
Very informative guide around a part of modern history which is quite eye opening when you realise that the people who would have been working there would have to leave their families and go underground not knowing what they would find when they came back out.

Thank Pete781
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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.

Thank ScotsCarol
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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.

Thank MedEngland
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