York Cold War Bunker

Address: Monument Close, York, YO24 4HT, England
Telephone: +44 1904 646 940

- Mid-range


York is full of historic sites, but none more unusual or more chilling than this one.

An usual mound and steel building within a York suburb hides a frightening reminder of just how close the world was to self destruction in recent times. In active service from the 1960’s, more than 50 scientists and trained civilians would have lived and worked here coordinating operations pre and post a Soviet nuclear attack. Today, entering through the blast-proof doors and down into the preserved labyrinth of underground rooms, this is a still alarming insight into the once secret world of armageddon management.

Value for money

Price advice

Adults £6.00, concessions £5.40, children £3.60. Members of English Heritage enter for free.
Accepts Yorkshire Pass (See the Sights and attractions section on my [node:174616] page for more details).

Expert tips

Timed guided tours take around an hour to complete.

The telephone number here is shared with Clifford’s Tower.

Some 2.4km (1.5 miles) from the city centre, opt to take bus number 1 from the Railway Station. See my [node:174615] page for more information.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture