York Cold War Bunker



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English Heritage’s most modern, most unusual and probably most spine-chilling site dates back to the Cold War. ‘No.20 Group Royal Observer Corps HQ’ is the semi-subterranean secret bunker which was built to monitor nuclear explosions and fallout in the Yorkshire region. It’s not only the control rooms you can explore beyond the bomb-proof doors of this 20th-century time capsule, but also the dormitories and the decontamination chamber.

York Cold War Bunker
Monument Close, YORK, YO24 4HT
Phone : 01904 797935


  • Parking nearby
  • Steep stairs to main entrance and ground level, narrow corridors, only 1 wheelchair can be accommodated in the bunker at any one time
  • Facilities: Site folders, ramps, wheelchair lift, wheelchair entrance
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, Wed-Sun 10-6; Oct, Wed-Sun 10-6; Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4. Entrance by guided tours only no pre-booking required. Closed 24-26 December and 1 Jan

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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