Battle of Britain Bunker

Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge

Battle of Britain Bunker
5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The only original Battle of Britain RAF Fighter Group Operations Room open to the public. The Bunker contains a number of rooms on two levels, 60 feet (18m) underground and is accessible via 76 steps. The plotting room with its large map table, squadron display boards, balloon and weather states, is how it appeared when Winston Churchill visited on 15 September 1940.
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Vicky-Anne D
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Great day out
Oct 2021 • Friends
Staff are very welcome and friendly the lady in the cafe is a very friendly and very helpful it just a quick place to visit and support
Written 19 October 2021
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MartinC
Flackwell Heath, UK168 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2021 • Friends
A very informative trip.
The bunker tour was led by a pleasant young lady who explained things well. Having seen WW2 ops rooms portrayed in so many films it was good to see the reality and have it brought to life.
Both the bunker and the visitor centre had plentiful interesting items on display.
A great way to pass a couple of hours
Written 26 September 2021
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seymoose
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Another very memorable visit......
Sep 2021
I last visited the Bunker in September 2015 when it was a much more informal affair. I visited again on Saturday 4 September and was very impressed with the revamped Visitor Centre which now does justice to its subject.
Due to heavy traffic, I arrived a little late for the start of the tour so unfortunately didn't get the name of the guide but I think he was called Jack. A very knowledgeable chap who is clearly passionate about his subject and this enthusiasm was plain for us all to see. Anyone familiar with the Battle of Britain and the film of the same name will be aware of the Operations Room and the vital part it played in events of 1940, I would put this on a par with The Cabinet War Rooms as it depicts the events of the most crucial day of the Battle - 15 September - and how history unfolded, the tote board function was explained as were the various features of the plotting table. The whole place is rich in atmosphere, enhanced by a little museum of uniforms, artefacts and models which may be perused after the Ops Room tour has concluded.
The Visitor Centre is excellent and I was pleased to see the separate exhibition devoted to the Polish Air Force, who made such a vital contribution to victory in the Battle and operations afterwards. Fascinating exhibits including personal items, awards and decorations and an interesting newsreel film of a Polish bomber squadron preparing for a mission over Germany.
My visit concluded with a cup of Spitfire tea and a piece of cake in the cafeteria, I had a lovely chat with one of the lady servers called Shirley who told me some of her own personal story and links to the world of aviation, I could have stayed a lot longer as the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable.
I hope to visit again next year and recommend the Bunker 100% to anyone who has an interest in one of the most crucial battles of the war.
A huge thank you to all of the staff who made my visit so memorable (especially Shirley).
Written 6 September 2021
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John633
London, UK18 contributions
A hidden treasure of WWII history
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a great tour of the bunker and control room with David our guide, a volunteer. His enthusiasm ,humour and knowledge were inspiring. We didn't know what to expect but it was fascinating. The visitors museum is also very good. The interactive displays are fantastic for all ages.
Written 26 August 2021
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Derek S
Bedar, Spain10 contributions
A must if interested in anything to do with the Battle of Britain.
Aug 2021 • Couples
A two part visit comprising of an escorted tour with talk of the underground bunker and strategic air command map and plot room used during the battle of Britain. The map room is pretty much as it was during the air conflict including much of the Dowding system still operational. I got a real sense of what it must have been like during our most vulnerable time prior to the planned Natzi invasion. The tour groups are relatively small allowing a more close and personal tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and covered a lot of his the bunker operated during the war. The museum is also well laid out with interesting interactive exhibits, particularly the radar and plotting map. They also have lifesize replicas of the Spitfire and Hurricane. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Written 21 August 2021
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s_murrelluk
Birmingham, UK106 contributions
Excellent place!
Jul 2021 • Couples
Absolutely brilliant place. So much history explained so well by our tour guide Jack. Genuinely exceeded all expectations. Very humbling to see what these brave men and women did underground. The exhibition and visitor centre are well laid out with interesting information and personal stories. All the staff are friendly and the refreshments and gift shop are fairly priced.
Written 31 July 2021
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cidermanSlough
Uxbridge, UK151 contributions
Polish Air Force tour - RAF Battle of Britain bunker
Jul 2021
The museum itself is really good, the bunker fascinating and awe inspiring. My two sons went with me and we had a tour with our guide Jack - an exceptionally knowledgeable young man. There were only the four of us and Jack remained focused and engaging throughout. This tour was specifically related to the Polish Air Force and it's deeds during the Battle of Britain and WW2. Jack had some amazing facts at his finger tips and really brought it all to life. If you are going to visit, I would recommend that you do so with a guide and of course my preference would be Jack.

I visited a few years ago and a lovely new museum building has been built above the bunker - very impressive and stacked with nostalgia.
Written 12 July 2021
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TwoPigeons
Halifax, UK40 contributions
Fascinating Visit
May 2021 • Friends
We visited on 26th May. The visit was of personal interest to me as a relative had been stationed there. The guide for the Bunker tour was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There is a small museum in the Bunker and a much bigger display in the new museum building next door. Well worth a visit.
Written 29 June 2021
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Danielle N
21 contributions
Well worth visiting!
May 2021 • Family
Fantastic guided tour down to the bunker. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went into great detail. We were shown all the different places of interest and given time to roam freely and take photos. Tour lasted one hour and there is a lovely, clean cafe outside which is a great spot to sit at to have tea/coffee, toasties or cake.
Written 26 June 2021
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Andrew L
London, UK218 contributions
A new day out for WW2 RAF followers
Jun 2021
A fascinating few hours at a new venue. Of course it’s been there since 1939; but only opened to visitors in 2019.
The visitor centre is well laid out and full of information. Give yourself an hour to leisurely walk around the exhibit.

Our guide then did a wonderful job of explaining the bunker and taking us down the 77 steps. It is just staggering how this once formed the backbone of an integrated and state of the art air defence system.

Full arks to our guide Andy.
A thoroughly good day out.
Written 24 June 2021
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