York Cold War Bunker, York

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The York Cold War Bunker is a two-storey semi-subterranean Cold War bunker in the Holgate area of York, England, built in 1961 to monitor nuclear explosions and fallout in Yorkshire in the event of nuclear war.One of about 30 around the United Kingdom, the building was used throughout its operational existence as the regional headquarters and control centre for the Royal Observer Corps's No. 20 Group YORK between 1961 and 1991. It is an English Heritage Scheduled Monument and was opened in 2006 by English Heritage as a tourist attraction.During its Cold War operational period the building could have supported 60 local volunteer members of the Royal Observer Corps inclusive of a ten-man United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation scientific warning team. They would have collated details of nuclear bombs exploded within the UK and tracked radioactive fallout across the Yorkshire region, warning the public of its approach. This example of an ROC control building is the only one that is preserved in its operational condition. The others stand derelict or have either been demolished or sold. A few have been converted to other uses like No. 16 Group Shrewsbury that is now a veterinary clinic, another is a recording studio, two are satellite and communications control centres and one is a solicitor's file storage facility.
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  • August 20, 2017
    This hidden gem of history takes a chilling look at how our government in the cold war days prepared for a nuclear bomb landing somewhere in Britain. The network of underground shelters is incredible....  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I visited on Saturday 19-Aug-2017 for the 16:00 tour. Jake, our tour guide gave an informative, funny and occasionally sobering tour of the facility. It made you think how close we were to facing a nu...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Visited the cold war bunker with my partner. Our guide Jake really brought it to life, he was able to give us interesting facts but also make it funny too. The tour was really fascinating and gives an...  more »
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  • Excellent guides and a fascinating exhibit of what really went on during the cold war. Particularly for someone that lived outside Europe during this time I found the whole tour exceptionally interesting. We have been through a few of these bunkers in the UK and this is by far the best both in terms of staff and the items on display. Well worth the visit especially for Heritage members that get in for free. Only open as part of a tour though so check the website for times. Also the bunker is ticked away in the middle of a residential area, but there is parking on the street.
  • One of the few if not the only one in mint condition with all the details from its working days... Very informed and knowledgeable staff willing to answer your questions... Highly recommend to arrive on time to your visit or else you'll be left behind..
  • Absolutely brilliant experience. Very knowledgeable staff. Very interesting building. Loved it.
  • Great piece of recent history with excellent guides. A must, you won't be disappointed.
  • If you're interested in how the Cold War could have turned out? Visit the York Bunker, the guide was entertaining and certainly knew her stuff. Highly recommended particularly for those of us old enough to remember it.

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