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York Cold War Bunker
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Ranked #8 of 209 things to do in York
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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 9 July 2014

We went on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but were pleasantly surprised and fascinated by everything that was there! It wasn't a long tour, but it didn't need to be - the tour guide was excellent too, and amusing at times.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Never intended to be secret or bomb proof or a refuge for the local population this strange looking concrete edifice stands in the middle of a housing estate near York. Bought for £1.00 by English Heritage from the former landowners to whom it and the the land it stood on was returned at the end of the Cold War in 1991, it has now been fully restored for visitors. It provides clear insight into how we thought about the Cold War and our fear of 'the bomb'. Run largely by volunteers from the Royal Observer Corps as a monitoring post co-ordinating information from other posts regarding nuclear explosions and radioactivity. Scientists and Engineers also worked there too and of great interest is a 1960's computer called 'Awdrey'. There is also a short film and a lot of explanations about how the occupants lived there and how they spent their time. It is well worth a visit. The tour took about an hour.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Having been to 2 other nuclear bunkers, we couldn't resist visiting this gem with our English Heritage cards. A much smaller station than the others due to the nature of its role, but a fabulous tour included with this visit made it an excellent pit-stop.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

If they ever open Hitler's Bunker to the public in Berlin I expect that will be the most visited bunker of all time. However, for those of us in York, this was a really exciting place to see. We got on a guided tour of only 6 people and were shown around the bunker that was only shut down in 1991. It has been tidied up and restored to resemble that time and feels quite eerie as it seems the people could come back at any minute. Science isn't my strong point so the information about air supply, plotting the calculations for the bombs being dropped and the computer systems they had were a bit beyond me, but the overall history of the place was amazing to learn about and to walk the same narrow halls, stairways and see the rooms that some of our top people would have been working in during the Cold War and a nuclear strike was a brilliant feeling.

Hannah our guide was very pleasant and full of information and didn't rush us through to get back to her facebook like some guides have in York in other places. Could perhaps do a bit more with the shop, but apart from that a really good place to visit in the city if you want a break from Vikings and Romans etc.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We only recently discovered this historical gem in York and we are glad we did. Overall a fascinating part of Cold War history and really worth a visit. English Heritage have restored the place wonderfully making the bunker seem as if it was just left yesterday. The experience of this wonderful and unusual museum was increased further with our extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide, Hannah, who also managed to provide some laughs along the way. If you are in York and keen to explore the Cold War's history then make sure you book a tour and ask for Hannah- brilliant tour of a brilliant museum.

1  Thank Harriet M
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