Visit a Cold War Bunker in York
Visit a Cold War Bunker in York

Visit a Cold War Bunker in York

The most modern and spine-chilling of English Heritage’s properties, the York Cold War Bunker uncovers the secret history of Britain’s Cold War. Enter the blast-proof doors and investigate the more unusual side of York’s heritage. In active service from the 1960s–1990s the bunker was designed as a nerve-centre to monitor fallout in the event of a nuclear attack. The Bunker’s control rooms display ‘colour-psychology décor’ together with original monitoring and communications equipment. Decontamination rooms with air filters and special sewage ejectors were intended to seal off the 60-strong workforce from the devastated outside world. Period arrangement of 1960s – 1980s including technical equipment and machinery.

What was the bunker for?

This semi-subterranean bunker acted as a nerve centre during the Cold War to monitor nuclear fallout in Yorkshire from 1961 until 1991 in the event of a nuclear attack. If the 'clock struck midnight', then certain people would have taken shelter inside this bunker!

Make your group visit extra special by adding a guided tour. In active service from the 1960s to the 1990s, it now uncovers the secret history of Britains Cold War. Let the knowledgeable guide take your group on a private, guided tour underground. There you’ll discover the spine-chilling story of Britain’s plans for survival following a nuclear attack. Make sure you don’t miss the short introductory film, the guided tour of York Cold War Bunker or the decontamination room!

Please note that access to the York Cold War Bunker is by guided tours only, with a maximum of 20 people per tour and function on a first come first serve system. Tours are on the hour, every hour and last for approximately 1 hour. There’s no need to book and the last tour is one hour before closing.

  • Adult – £9.00
  • Child (5 to 7) – £5.40
  • Concession – £8.10
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children) – £23.40
  • Family (1 adult and 3 children) – £14.40

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