Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Stockport Air Raid Shelters
61 Chestergate




0161 474 1940

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Step back in time to 1940s wartime Britain and experience the sights and sounds of Britain's homefront. Stockport Air Raid Shelters have been carved into the natural sandstone cliffs in Stockport Town Centre. When they opened in 1939, they were the largest purpose built civilian underground air raid shelters in the country. Reopened in 1996, the Shelters have been imaginatively restored to give visitors a feel for the era.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Monday: Closed

Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

Admission charges

Adults: £4.05, Concessions/Under 16s: £3.05
Leisure Key and Under 5s: Free

Collection details

Social History

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costumed carracter in the air riad shelters

Life in Wartime Britain

  • 16 May 2014 6-8pm

Why not celebrate Museums at Night by taking a stroll around the tunnels and experience what life was like in World War II. Meet costumed characters who will enrich your visit. Try your hand at Make Do and Mend and see if you could make your rations stretch for the week!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 16-17
  • 11-13


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Family Tours

Fun for all the family! Explore Stockport Air Raid Shelters. Listen to stories and learn the history of the tunnels on Sundays at 14.00. Suitable for all ages.

How to obtain

Booking is essential. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: £3.95, children/conc: £2.95, Under 5s: free.

Explorer Tours

Fully guided public tours on the first Wednesday of the month (19.00), lasting approximately 1.5 hours, taking in parts of the tunnels not usually accessible during the day.

How to obtain

Booking is essential. Call 0161 4741940 or email for more details and to book. Adult ticket: £5.50, child/conc: £4.50.