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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Great place to visit as others have said the staff are very informative, our guide was Dale who was a laugh. I do have to say that the bunker was difficult to find even when using the YorkPass guide book and local map as its distance and position was quite deceiving, we had to ask Taxi driver and a Postman to point us in the right direction, Dale had explained that we were not the only visitors that had difficulty finding the Cold war bunker, it was explained to us that they could only have a brown heritage direction sign if they received over 30k visitors each year but to get that many visitors they would need better signage... Catch 22. I wish all the staff the best. 100% recommended a visit.
  • Brilliant place. We got there at 10am on a Sunday and so ended up having a private tour. It had a really interesting feel and it's funny that's it in the middle of a housing estate. I can't imagine that I'd have enjoyed being in a group of 25 but it doesn't seem to get that busy. There's plenty of parking too. Definitely worth a look. It's a hidden gem in Acomb!
  • Such modern history, hidden away and yet open to the public! The visit is by guide only. It is a listed building and has the same status as stone henge! It is pretty much as it was left in the 90's when it was closed. (Except for a bit of a clean and the seeped water removal!) It is sensible to turn up a few minutes before the tour time, as they open a gate for you to enter and can't get it before they do. You can take as many photos as you like and the guides seem to know everything about the bunker possible. Well worth a visit if you have any interest in the Cold war ROC.
  • Brilliant. Step back in time to the height of the cold war! Amazing facility and brilliant tour! Would recommend!
  • Good place to visit tour lasts approx 1 hour We went for the first slot at 10am there was about 20 of us very informative

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