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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 fallout 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!
The short introductory film
The guided tour of York Cold War Bunker
The decontamination room
A trip to the shop to stock up on English Heritage goodies
Please note that access to the York Cold War Bunker is by guided tours only, with a maximum of 20 people per tour and function on a first come first serve system. Tours are on the hour, every hour and last for approximately 1 hour. There's no need to book and the last tour is one hour before closing.