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 has become 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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  • Had an excellent tour round with Jake , he was very informative and answered any questions.We walked there from the station as we missed the bus due to being on wrong side of road !! So make sure you ...  more »
  • Fascinating and informative tour of this hidden gem. Read the other reviews to find out what is there or visit the website. The guided tour is well worth an hour of your time. The site is an easy 20 m...  more »
  • We visited here with a 7 and 11 year old in search of something to do on a rainy day. Although a little heavy for the 7 year old we did really enjoy it, the tour guide was brilliant and it is interest...  more »
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  • One of the most interesting sites I've ever visited on holiday. I had no idea such a thing existed! Designed for 60 people to survive 30 days, tracking nuclear bomb fallout. A stark reminder of reality of the cold war. The guides were well informed and showed appropriate good humor given the subject matter. One shared that a couple visited wearing Vault 111 jumpsuits, then noted that it is highly unlikely that people could survive in a bunker as portrayed in the Fallout game series.
  • The Cold War bunker is one of the best attractions in the city, it’s an incredibly sobering look into what is actually very recent history and what we were preparing for and the sacrifice those who worked in the bunker were making. The guides are incredibly knowledgable and also entertaining. A note of warning though it is underground and somewhat claustrophobic, and has a fairly graphic opening video about nuclear war so consider yourself warned.
  • A really different experience to the typical English Heritage attraction. A little tricky to find without a sat nav as there are no sign posts, and parking can be a bit of an issue. It's a guided tour only every hour which is understandable once your inside. The tour I thought was great and very informative. The video introduction was a little grim but I suppose there is no fairytale ending to nuclear warfare.
  • Great place to visit. Awesome guides and interesting history of the uk cold war setup. Highly recommended. Takes about an hour. Isn't very big but well worth the visit.
  • Please type surprised. It was a lot more interesting and detailed than I expected. Very knowledgable guides who were entertaining while still focusing on the serious function of the building.
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