School Visits

Come and discover the semi-subterranean bunker which 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.

Numbered boards and radio headphones
Exterior of the bunker entrance

curriculum links

A visit to York Bunker offers curriculum-insight across various key stages:

  • KS2-4: Local History Project
  • KS3: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to present day
  • GCSE/A/AS Level/Degree: The Cold War, Communist Russia, World Superpowers
Numbered boards and radio headphones

Facilities For Learning Groups

  • A free site visit to help you plan your school trip
  • 20% discount on the official EH site guidebook.
  • Parking is located directly opposite the site entrance.
  • A unique handling collection to help supplement your visit
Embroidered Air Force badges on a coat

expert led school visits

Immerse yourself in our fascinating hands-on expert led Discovery visit:

HOT WAR COLD WAR (KS2-KS4, A Level, Universities): Explore one of the best surviving nuclear bunkers in England - a time capsule of the 1960s through to the 1990s - and gain an understanding of the nuclear arms race. Why did the Cold War emerge? What was the role of the Royal Observation Corps in York's bunker? Through an expert-led tour, object handling and original audio-visual footage, students will develop a greater understanding of life inside and outside the bunker during this potentially devastating era.  Duration: 1 1/2 Hours Cost: £100 for up to 35 people

ENQUIRE NOW - Call 0370 333 0606.

teaching resources

Hazard Information Sheet: York Cold War Bunker

Hazard Information Sheet: York Cold War Bunker


Discovery Visit Risk Assessment: Hot War Cold War

Discovery Visit Risk Assessment: Hot War Cold War


Education Opening Times

  • April - September: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
  • October - November: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
  • November - March: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 16.00
Education bookings must be made 14 days in advance. Please contact the Education Bookings Team.

Learn With Us

Learn more about the history of York Cold War Bunker to enhance your school visit experience.

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