The Cold War Experience at Broadway Tower
Fifteen feet below a field on the Broadway Tower estate lies a relic of the Cold War.
The former monitoring bunker was once part of a wider network of similar structures all over the United Kingdom built to study and report the effects of nuclear explosions and the resulting radioactive fallout.
Manned by men and women of the Royal Observer Corps; they would be expected to spend 3 weeks below ground during a Nuclear Exchange.
The Broadway Tower bunker was closed in 1991 when the Royal Observer Corps stood down but it has now been fully restored to how it would have been in the 1980’s at the height of the Cold War.
We offer you the chance to step back in time and witness how our country would have coped if the Cold War had ever turned hot.
The Cold War Bunker is open at Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays from April to October and the guided tour lasts around 45 minutes. Special openings are available to Schools, History Groups and pre-booked parties during the week.
Please be aware that:
- access to the bunker is via a ladder;
- there is no disabled access;
- children younger than 12 are not allowed access to below ground areas;
- anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Suitable clothes and footwear must be worn.