York Cold War Bunker - English Heritage

York Cold War Bunker - English Heritage
Monument Close
North Yorkshire
YO24 4HT




01904 646940

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An exterior view of York Cold War Bunker

English Heritage's most modern, most unusual and perhaps most spine-chilling site, 'No. 20 Group Royal Observer Corps HQ' is the semi-subterranean bunker which would have monitored nuclear explosions and fallout in the Yorkshire region. In service between 1961 and 1991, the Bunker's control rooms display 'colour psychology decor' 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. A guided tour, enhanced by a striking 10 minute film (PG rated) and interpretation, tells the story of the Cold War's 'Mutually Assured Destruction.'

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Admission charges


  • English Heritage
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Dr Strangelove

Museums at Night Cinema and Tour

  • 17 May 2014 7:15-10:30pm

Stanley Kubrick’s darkly comic 1964 satire. Can President Merkin Muffley rein in Jack D. Ripper, and prevent nuclear apocalypse? A special screening in the canteen of York Cold War Bunker lends atmosphere to this Cold War classic.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17


Tickets £10. To book please call 01904 646940.
Pre-booking essential.

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Hot War, Cold War Discovery Visit

Explore the development of the nuclear arms race and discover the role of the Royal Observation Corps nuclear bunker in the Cold War. This unique self-contained bunker is a time capsule of the 1960s-1990s. In the event of a nuclear strike, 60 people would have lived in it. Led by a knowledgeable guide, visit the dormitory and operations room, handle original artefacts and view a short audio-visual presentation with footage of the period and films focusing on life inside and outside the bunker during the 1960s-1990s. An essential visit for GCSE Modern World!
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 3, 4, AS and A level History

How to obtain

Call 01904 646940 to book a 1½ hour session. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19519 for more information.