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“Well worth a visit”

Scotland's Secret Bunker
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Crail
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Scotland's best kept secret.... Until now! Hidden beneath an innocent Scottish farmhouse lies Scotland's Secret Bunker. A 450 foot tunnel leads you to the blast proof doors which defend 24,000 square feet of secret accommodation which was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack. The Secret Bunker lies 100 feet underground and is the size of two football pitches, one on top of the other so there is plenty of exploring to do! Come and discover how Scotland would have been governed from the depths of Fife and how they would have survived a nuclear attack from the most deadly bombs!
Reviewed 13 July 2012

Ideal attraction to amuse the kids on a wet day in Scotland. Our kids of 10 and 12 were amused for well over an hour investigation all the rooms. We did get one of the hand held wands which the kids loved and they were able to relay the stories to us taking it in turn. We were the first to arrive for them opening at 10am and it was great as we had the run of the place for a good 45 minutes. The coffee shop is expensive for biscuits etc but that is to be expected.

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Reviewed 13 July 2012

Can I say first of all to those people who didn't "enjoy" their visit for various reasons, this is a bunker which was built initially as a radar station and was subsequently taken over by the Government in the event of a nuclear war (this information is plain for all to read) and it has been left deliberately in its original state to let us see how people would have lived and worked while the rest of us were being incinerated, so it is not meant to be an enjoyable visit. To change or upgrade it would entirely spoil the entire idea of the place. So, no, it is not an amusement arcade where kids should be able to inter-act as the equipment is original and should not be touched. To add "dummy" equipment for the sake of interaction would entirely spoil the concept of this thought-provoking building. It is not a place for very young children who have no understanding of what they are seeing, and to be frank, to have them running about,playing games and generally being noisy, spoils it for those of us who wish to soak up the atmosphere and remember what exactly the building represents. And to quote one visitor "so much more could be done with this place" what exactly would this be? More staff to point the way (not necessary), to ask questions of (again, not necessary, each room displays adequate signage as to what it was used for). The cafe is wonderful. It was the original canteen and they have tried to keep it the same way as much as possible, apart from a few changes. In this day of obsession over health, safety and hygiene, it was great to sit in a place reminiscent of bygone days, drinking tea and coffee out of mugs and having one large milk jug for all. To understand the necessity of the bunker, you need to visit the cinema and watch the film of what would happen in the event of a nuclear strike. It was harrowing, to say the least,and affected me deeply. The shop does stock the usual things found in shops of this ilk, it was no worse and no better than thousands of others found up and down the country. All in all, I thought the whole experience was well worth the money and I would thoroughly recommend a visit. (And you don't need a sweater, after leaving the tunnel, the temperature is comfortable).

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Reviewed 8 July 2012

The bunker itself isn't as large and what I'd thought it would have been but still interesting to see that it was like like inside and how it looked back in its day. Bit pricey entrance fee but how many other bunkers are there to visit in the local area? Best thing is you can buy inert ammunition keyrings which I found to be the highlight of the day.

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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Took our girls age 11 & 8 as it was a miserable rainy day. They weren't very keen to go but once we got there they soon changed their mind. There are a lot of interesting facts to read but the audio guide (an extra £1.60) comes in handly. Like someone else mentioned, they could be doing with some more hands on stuff for the kids to keep them occupied but all in all a very good day out.

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Reviewed 5 July 2012

Had seen the signage for this attraction but had no idea what it related to. However we were impressed with what we found and would say it is a great place to spend a rainy day. Like others have mentioned you do need the audio guide to make the most of your tour, and the receptionist told us this as well. Why then after paying £10 admission do they ask for another £2 for the ear phone. Robbery. There should be hidden secrets for visitors....need to be more upfront with what he actual cost of a tour is.

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