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“Keeping people alive during World War Two”

Stockport Air Raid Shelters
Ranked #3 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 11 May 2014

We have been round the underground air raid shelters in Stockport and seen at first hand, the conditions at the time - our guide explained everything that happened in the shelters; it was a real eye opener and to think people had to do this from 1939 - 1945, never knowing if they were going to live or die.

If it wasn't for the air raid shelters - we might not have had the options.

Defintely a must see attraction - to understand what people went through, to try and stay alive.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Can't believe it's almost on our doorstep! We did the guided tour which is advertised as 1.5 hours long on the site but it turned out to be 2 hours, that's probably the only criticism I have as it was clear that the guides were used to catering for school trips rather than adults and the guided tour, for adults, could have been done in half the time; the last thing you want to do after work is sit and have someone talk at you for 20+ mins! Otherwise, I really enjoyed seeing the tunnels, they go on for miles, hearing stories of how life used to be then and seeing the original bunk beds, toilets, benches... Really enjoyed it.

Thank troketia
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We had a very enjoyable and interesting time when we visited the air raid shelters. They give you an in depth insight of how it was for the people who used them during the wars and the engineering of the shelters is fascinating. There is definitely an atmosphere in them. The audio units are really easy to use and make the tour all the more interesting with all the information you listen to. Our visit was a very moving experience for us.

Thank home-improver
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Excellent local attraction! I can't believe I live only 20 minutes away and have never visited. It's very reasonable, only £9.50 for two adults and our 13 year old daughter was free. The tour can be self guided with audio units, activated by 'hot spots' around the tunnels. You can also have a guided tour but that might need to be booked in advance. I was a bit concerned that my daughter had dressed in a short skirt and canvas shoes but it's not as chilly as you'd expect. You could easily have a couple of hours here, exploring the tunnels and listening to the different narrations on the audio guide, which ranged from bbc information from WW2 to childhood memories. There is a small shop on the way out, with a variety of reasonably priced items and a fantastic range of 'Dad's Army' memorabilia. I will definitely be taking relatives when they visit! An added incentive for my daughter coming with us was the Primark store opposite, although she really enjoyed the experience so it was worth the effort of convincing her to go!

1  Thank Marion R
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

visited with partner, mother and brother. Great interactive tour, cold you'll need warm clothes as it's all underground. Well worth the visit.

Thank JBAMiddlesbrough
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