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York Cold War Bunker, York

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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.

During its Cold War operational period, the building could have supported 60 local volunteer members of the Royal Observer Corps, inclusive of a ten-man United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation scientific warning team. They would have collated details of nuclear bombs exploded within the UK and tracked radioactive fallout across the Yorkshire region, warning the public of its approach. This example of an ROC control building is the only one that is preserved in its operational condition. The others stand derelict or have either been demolished or sold. A few have been converted to other uses, like No. 16 Group Shrewsbury that is now a veterinary clinic, another is a recording studio, two are satellite and communications control centres, and one is a solicitor's file storage facility.

The fully restored building contains air filtration and generating plant, kitchen and canteen, dormitories, radio and landline communication equipment and specialist 1980s computers and a fully equipped operations room with vertical illuminated perspex maps.
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  • A unique example of a Cold War bunker in near operational condition. Though small and compact the hour tour was interesting and was made better by our tour guide Ethan who used humour to help with... 
    A unique example of a Cold War bunker in near operational condition. Though small and compact the hour tour was interesting and was made better by our tour guide Ethan who used humour to help with...  more »
  • OMG! The best tour guide ever! Give this place a visit even if you have no interest in the subject. You won't be disappointed..... guaranteed xx 
    OMG! The best tour guide ever! Give this place a visit even if you have no interest in the subject. You won't be disappointed..... guaranteed xx  more »
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  • Fell a little short of expectations,We feel sure the history could have been explained a little better but the guide insisted on trying to be humorous all the time with not so witty quips😟 Luckily both my Husband and myself are EH members so didn't cost us BUT PAID £9.00 for my 20+yr son, for the amount of time you spent in the installation I really don't consider the price reflects the experience quite disappointed really. The video flagged as" graphic" probably for very young children, however our secondary school students have seen 'Threads' Nuclear attack on Sheffield (it's where we live) so not a surprise to us. I 'll leave you all to decide if this is for you🙂👍
  • One of York best kept secrets. A great place to discover the history of the waiting game of the cold war. Now an English Heritage site that provides a guided tour of the site. The guide was Dale who had some fantastic knowledge. Definitely worth a visit. PRE-BOOKED TICKETS ONLY.

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