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.
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lordoptimus1979 | Feb 24, 2018
Very educational. I would recommend this of you have an hour to spare. Check for your times before you go
Thomas Crowther | Feb 10, 2018
Didn't expect much, but was well worth the visit. Interested and articulate tour guide. Fascinating stuff, and quite different to the usual English Heritage site.
Mark Shelvey | Feb 22, 2018
Worth a visit £7.50 for a informative tour which lasts 50 - 60 mins but if you could go around on your own you could do it in 10-15 mins but you wouldn't get the story behind the cold war & what the bunker was used for please I went.
Robert Gauld | Feb 11, 2018
The only thing that would make it better is the chance to have a 'premium' tour from someone who volunteered at the site when it was active.
Michael Robinson | Oct 6, 2017
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.
Robert Caley | Mar 12, 2018
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.
John Reynolds | Mar 12, 2018
Totally amazing place I've lived in York over 50yrs I only found out about this place 10 yrs ago and when I got told about it I thought I was getting told a Yarn!! Till I went to have a look for myself very interesting and a place that's a must for a visit and worth the money
mary alvarez | Mar 19, 2018
Everyone should definitely visit over here. You will get lot of knowledge.
Robert Flynn | Apr 22, 2018
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.
Morgan Knicely | Apr 26, 2018
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.
Kieran Jones | Apr 21, 2018
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.
No Name W | Apr 14, 2018
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.
Steve Rudland | Jun 6, 2018
A very interesting insight into a disturbing part of (relatively) recent world history. Well worth a visit. The tours are every hour, so you can't just turn up whenever you want. The guide was good, if not slighly lacking in confidence. It would have also been good if we'd been allowed to go downstairs in the control room.
Danny Bate | Jun 2, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Jake, our guide, was both informative and hilarious, and clearly very passionate about the place and its history. Would recommend to anyone!
Patricia Topley | Jun 12, 2018
Very interesting, you have to book a tour, and be a member of English Heritage. Not going to say too much as it would probably spoil it for you, you have a guided tour and plenty of info. About how the bunker was run
David Moore | Jul 4, 2018
Staff were great and the tour was really good. The guide really gave a great tour and put you in the shoes of the Cold War Times. Really interesting place to visit, would definitely recommend.
Petrina Douglas | Jul 16, 2018
Fascinating place. Entry is by guided tour only which when we went was on the hour. Well informed, enthusiastic guide who made the trip most enjoyable.
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