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
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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


Opening Times:

  • November to March - Sundays, 10am to 4pm: general public opening. Weekdays and Saturdays: booked school groups only.
  • 30th March 2015 Onwards - Please check back nearer the time

Learn With Us

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

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