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York Cold War Bunker

Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
+44 1904 797935
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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 from 10am, on the hour every hour. No need to book!
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Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited today and really enjoyed. Only four in our group being taken around so plenty of room. Note that you can only enter as part of a guided tour which is held on the hour. It’s literally a bunker so no sneaking in ha ha....More

Thank toes1965
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a fantastic time at the Cold War bunker. Jake, our tour guide, was enthusiastic and informative. He clearly knows a lot about the bunker and the history surrounding it, his tour was interesting and funny. The bunker itself is extremely well preserved and...More

Thank Cara B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Decided to visit as it was very different from usual English Heritage sites. Not the easiest place to find as no signs like other sites but free and easy parking ok outside. Arrived just before 10 and met by two people and one became our...More

Thank Thirskies
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were very excited for the bunker, but very disappointed once realising that it was in hourly slots with a tour guide and you could not get back out once entering. The condition of the bunker was very good, it had a lot of the...More

Thank Ellé G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was excellent and eye opening, and well worth the money. It was slightly hard to find due to location, but I can't recommend it enough.

1  Thank Annamouska
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in a residential area this bunker is an excellent reminder of the Cold War and the danger of nuclear war. Admittance is only allowed by participating in the guided tour which was excellent. Unfortunately there is no signage to guide you to this site....More

1  Thank Foxtrot10
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This bunker was quite hard to find as it is located in a residential area and according to our guide does not have enough visitors for the local council to consider it deserving of a sign to show it's location! They should have it signposted...More

2  Thank ing-ping
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A piece of modern history. Expect to spend about an hour here, with tours 'on the hour'. Good quality and knowledgeable guide, Sophie, but I'm sure they are all pretty good. Not huge inside, but interesting nevertheless. Not really suitable for little children.

1  Thank Accrington155
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We feel really lucky we got to go to the York Cold War Bunker. You go by tour only, not by yourselves. The guides are passionate about their subject and it's very sobering to hear some of the stories down in the perfectly preserved bunker....More

1  Thank kapitibeach
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The bunker is a five minute drive from York Station. There is a free car park. It is free to enter for English Heritage members. Tours take place on the hour and last for exactly one hour. So if you arrive just after the allotted...More

1  Thank Roland D
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Alison B
12 March 2018|
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Response from Brian S | Reviewed this property |
Check English Heritage website, and you can walk there from York town centre
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JLE41
4 February 2018|
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Response from Stephen R | Property representative |
Hi, the Bunker will still only be open at the Weekends until the end of March - then it will be open from Wed-Sun all through the Summer. Thanks, Steve
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t21yte
19 October 2017|
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Response from Stephen R | Property representative |
It's open at the Weekend through until the start of April, at which time it will be open from Wednesday through to Sunday. Private tours can be arranged (depending on a group size of 10 or more) with more information if you... More
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