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.
Visits to the Cold War Bunker are available by guided tour only, and our expert-led sessions for schools have been designed to enhance the learning experience for your students.
Support your teaching across various key stages in a fun and engaging way, with a visit to York Cold War Bunker:
- KS1-3 History: Local history study
- KS3 History: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to present day
- GCSE/A/AS Level/Degree History: The Cold War, Communist Russia, World Superpowers
Expert-led discovery visit
Explore one of the best surviving nuclear bunkers in England, a time capsule of the 1960s through to the 1990s, and examine the nuclear arms race with our hands-on expert-led Discovery Visit.Find out more
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Vigilant State: York Cold War Bunker and the Royal Observer Corps
Listen to this episode of our Speaking with Shadows Podcast to find out more about the role of the Royal Observer Corps at York Cold War Bunker.
Atomic Fallout: The Story of York Cold War Bunker - English Heritage Podcast
Join presenter Charles Rowe and Senior Curator Kevin Booth as they discuss the history of York Cold War Bunker.
Teaching the 20th Century
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of 20th century history.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.