York Cold War Bunker - English Heritage

An exterior view of York Cold War Bunker
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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 fall-out in the event of a nuclear attack. To complete your family day out in York, why not visit nearby Clifford’s Tower and see York from above!

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

3 November 2014 - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £6.60
Child (5-15 years) £4.00
Concession are you eligible? £5.90

Entrance by guided tour only, at the following times: 1000, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14.15 and 15.00. Tours last approximately 1 hour. No need to book. Weekdays and Saturdays: Admission for schools and groups only. Booking 14 days in advance, minimum fee applies.


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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.

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




01904 646940

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