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“Well worth a visit ”

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Have just returned from the bunker it had been raining quite a lot so some places very muddy.
The bunker is very informative.
The site is ok for people with waking difficulties.
As not to many steps.
There is a canteen which is self service with a honesty box where you pay for any food an drink and also you entrance fee Adults £7.50
Which I think is very good money.
The audio handsets are very good with plenty of information.
The staff we met in the canteen where very helpful.
Will definitely visit again.

Thank Railwayma
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Rely on your SATNAV location (CM15 0LA) which will take you straight there as it is a little off the beaten track. Price is £7.50 per adult with a further £5 licence to take photos. You are supposed to buy this licence in the Canteen before you start your visit. Little bit of a walk from the car park to the entrance where you pick up your Audio Stick for the tour. Apparently there are Red ones for Adults and Yellow for Children but I didn't see any yellow ones? As you move round the bunker yellow signs on the wall tell you when to use your audio guide. In case you wonder there are 23 audio bits to listen to of varying length. They are all interesting so stick with it. The bunker was only decommissioned in 1994 and can apparently be put back into use fairly quickly if needed! A sobering thought in these current times. Allow yourselves 1.5hrs for your visit and longer if you want to watch all of the videos. The Canteen is self-service with an Honesty Box for payments where you also pay your visit fees. Although there are signs warning of dire consequences if you fail to pay or return your audio guide take these with a pinch of salt bearing in mind what you are visiting. Don't forget to pay though. There is disabled access via the Canteen. The outside toilets are a bit grim. There are toilets inside the bunker but it is not really clear if they are for public use. A very interesting visit and I am glad we came.

1  Thank PWH2013
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

The place seems to run on a shoe string, but is well worth a visit. It's documenting a very scary time in our recent history. Let's hope that current affairs are not returning us to that era. Some areas could do with a tidy and dusting, but there was a note at the exit apologising for the state a bully wood film crew had left it in. The stationary store in particular was a mess, i'm sure it was not like that when the place was operational. The ideas behind the presentations were excellent. Eg the observer corp out station, the home refuge. Wear stout footwear, the outside paths were muddy.

Thank dagriffi
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Parking is a bit of a walk from the entrance to the site, when you get there you walk in the front door and choose your audio stick (one for kids and a different one for adults) that you hold to your ear as you walk around the site. The speakers were not very loud so the hard of hearing may struggle with this.

The audio guide has a lot of interesting facts and some hilarious dark humour thrown in (I'm assuming the kid's version is not as 'doom and gloom'). Around the tour there are also video rooms with documentaries on various bits and bobs related to nuclear war.

Payment when we went was taken by way of an 'honesty box' on the exit. Overall, it was a really interesting experience and something different.

Thank Rach251
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

We visited on Sept 1st on our way to stay in a near by hotel. They were filming a war movie and the car park was very full when we got there, lots of actors in army uniforms milling around. This did not distract from our visit, it actually made it more interesting.

You enter the bunker and pick up audio guides, there are adult ones as well as some for children. Everything is explained to you as you walk along tunnels and go into different rooms. There are movies playing in several rooms which are interesting. There are honesty boxes along the way if you want a cold drink, or if you want to take photos.

We learnt a lot, and found it an eye opener to think that this was only decommissioned in 1992, and we could relate to a lot of the things in there.

After about 2 hours we came out into the little cafe, this is where you pay by putting your entrance fee into another honesty box, it is £7.50 per adult. We didn't have anything to eat but there was a gentleman behind the counter to help you. There are toilets both outside and inside the building.

Thank Jacandhow
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