York Cold War Bunker

Group visits to York Cold War Bunker

Enter the blast-proof doors to gain access to our most modern, spine-chilling property. In active service from the 1960s to the 1990s, it now uncovers the secret history of Britains Cold War. Booking essential, visit by guided tour only.

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Booking information

Trade admission prices and opening times:

Please refer to our Trade Admission Prices & Site Opening Times brochure for pricing and opening times information at our top sites for groups. 

Making a booking:

Contact information for making your group booking can be found in the Visit & Contact Information section below.

Please include the property name and date of visit in the subject line of your email along with the following information:

  • Group name
  • Name of property
  • Tour reference/booking reference (if applicable)
  • Date and time of arrival
  • Number of visitors

Payment method:

Payment can be made on arrival by: cash, credit/debit card, Agency Voucher Scheme (AVS).

Visit & Contact information

  • Guided tours: Public admission to the bunker is by guided tour only. Details of exclusive private tours are below.
  • Coach parking: No parking for coaches or mini-buses. Please drop off on Acomb Road.
  • Exhibition: No formal exhibition, but the bunker’s control rooms display ‘colour-psychology décor’ together with original monitoring and communications equipment. Decontamination rooms with air filters and special sewage ejectors were intended to seal off the 60-strong workforce from the devastated outside world. Period arrangement of 1960s - 1980s including technical equipment and machinery.
  • Access: Accessible using ramps and wheelchair lift. Please be aware that the corridors are narrow. Please note that due to health and safety regulations we can only accommodate one wheelchair in the bunker at a time.
  • Average length of visit: 1 hour.

Address: Monument Close, York, N. Yorkshire, YO24 4HT

Email: bookings@english-heritage.org.uk (Group bookings team)

Telephone: If you have general enquries about the site please call Clifford's Tower: 01904 797935

Guided tours

Make your group visit extra special by adding a guided tour.

Guided tours must be booked in advance and are always subject to availability.

Private weekday tour

Let our knowledgeable guide take your group on a private weekday guided tour underground. There you'll discover the spine-chilling story of Britain's plans for survival following a nuclear attack. 

  • Duration: 60 minutes.
  • Minimum-maximum pax: 10 - 20 pax per tour. A minimum charge of £100 applies for smaller groups.
  • Advance booking required: Yes, a minimum of 30 days notice is required

Group Travel Support

Further support and useful resources available to group travel organisers can be found on our dedicated Group Visits webpages.

For educational groups, please visit our School Visits webpages.

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