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York Cold War Bunker

York Cold War Bunker


English Heritage’s most modern, most unusual and perhaps most spine-chilling site,‘No.20 Group Royal Observer Corps HQ’ is the semi-subterranean bunker which would have monitored nuclear explosions and fallout in the Yorkshire region.
In service between 1961 and 1991, the Bunker’s control rooms display ‘colourpsychology 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.
A guided tour by EH staff enhanced by a striking 10- minute film and interpretation with the aid of original Corps members, tells the story of the Cold War’s ‘Mutually Assured Destruction.

Opening details

9th November - 24th March:
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00-16:00
Entrance is by guided tour only, at the following times: 10:00, 11:15, 11:45, 13:00, 14:15 and 15:00. Tours last approximately 1 hour. No need to book.

On weekdays: Admission for schools and groups only. Booking 14 days in advance, minimum fee applies. To enquire about group and education visits please email

Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Boxing Day Bank Holiday, New Year’s Eve, New Year's Day.


Adult £6.80
Child (5-15 years) £4.00
Concession £6.10
Family £17.60
English Heritage Member - Free



See location of York Cold War Bunker on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 599516  Lat: 53.95701 Long: -1.08862

By Road:
The bunker is situated on the outskirts of York


Visitor Operation Team

01904 646940


Monument Close,
YO24 4HT


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