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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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  • Not what I expected. When we arrived at the site it was locked up and there was no sign of movement. There was a little sign saying that tours go on the hour every hour. We were lucky as we arrived 15...  more »
  • Fantastic and interesting insight to the Cold War and the valuable voluntary work done by the Royal Observation Corps. Excellent tour guide, knowledgeable and enthused by his subject knowledge. Great ...  more »
  • It was not a nice place, not a nice prospect, but interesting to see what plans were in place in case of a nuclear attack. Our guide Stephen was very well spoken and informed us with great detail abou...  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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