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The UK's 10 Most Secret Bunkers

Secret underground bunkers in the UK

Discover some of the UK government's best kept secrets. From a little known hidden nuclear bunker Wiltshire to the huge active secret bunker right under Central London.

  • Admiralty Citadel

    Horse Guards Parade, London, United Kingdom

    A huge, protected Second World fortress right in the middle of Central London, sat in between Horse Guards Parade and Saint James's Park.

  • Bootstrap Company Bunker

    Hackney, London, United Kingdom

    A surviving WW2 underground bunker situated behind The Print House, the industrial space features 5 separate cavernous rooms. Untouched for over 60 years, the bunker remains in its original state. Available as a whole or individually, each room offers a distinct and diverse event space perfect for exhibitions and events.

  • Browns Quarry

    Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    A small stone quarry to the north of tunnel quarry in Corsham which was converted and used as the underground headquarters of No. 10 Group Fighter Command and as a ROTOR training station, the site is now abandoned.

  • Burlington Bunker

    Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    The former emergency relocations site for the government in the event of nuclear attack, the site has been abandoned since the 1980s since which time it has been kept as a decoy site until it's declassification at the end of 2004. Burlington has had many code names since it's conception in the early 50s, these include Stockwell, Subterfuge, Turnstile and more recently Site 3.

  • Cabinet War Rooms

    Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

    One of London's most famous tourist attractions. Situated under Whitehall in the centre of the Capital, the Cabinet War Rooms was Prime Minster, Winston Churchill's hideaway during the second, built in a reinforced basement beneath the treasury building.

  • Central Ammunitions Depot

    Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    CAD is spread over four separate quarries in the Corsham area, Monkton Farleigh Quarry is in part used for secure holding by Wansdyke Security. Tunnel Quarry is still used by the MOD. Ridge Quarry has been abandoned. Eastlays Quarry is a commercial site used for wine storage.

  • COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room)

    Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

    COBRA is an acronym commonly used in the press for Cabinet Office Briefing Room A, the briefing rooms are a suite of secure, hardened meeting rooms used in times of national crisis by various government departments. COBR is now a term used to refer to both the facility and the committee.

  • Command and Control Centre

    Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    One of the UK's best kept secrets, CCC is an active government bunker located at Peel Circus in Corsham, above ground the site consists of nothing more than a doorway in to a mound of earth, obscured from public view by a ring of trees and vegetation.

  • Eastlays Quarry

    Gastard, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    Eastlays Quarry has been used since 1988 for secure, controlled wine storage. Handling over four million cases of wine a year, Octavian has the capacity at the Eastlay cellars to store over 800,000 cases in ideal conditions, 90 feet underground, constant year round temperatures, absence of ultra violet light, no vibration and full humidity control.

  • Hack Green Nuclear Bunker

    Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom

    Located in Cheshire, the first role of this former-secret site was during the Second World War, its role was to act as a decoy and confuse German bombers looking for a railway junction, crucial to the military's logistics plans in Crewe.

  • Hope Cove ROTOR

    Salcombe, Devon, United Kingdom

    RAF Bolt Head, or Hope Cove was a World War II airfield and later the site of an R6 ROTOR bunker near Salcombe in Devon. The semi-sunk bunker made up part of the RAF's radar monitoring network.

  • Kelvedon Hatch

    Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom

    A 1950s Air Ministry bunker spread over three floors, accessible from a small cottage, the bunker is now open to the public as the "Secret Nuclear Bunker" museum.

  • Monkton Farleigh Mine

    Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    This former Bath stone quarry was converted in to a sub-depot of the Central Ammunitions Depot. The site consists of two areas, the main storage area - districts 12 to 18 and connect via a drift, districts 19 and 20. Each storage district was divided up in to numbered storage bays, passage ways were fitted with conveyor to transport crates of ammunition around the mine.

  • Paddock

    Dollis Hill, London, United Kingdom

    Paddock was Winston Churchill's alternate Cabinet War Room bunker for World War II, constructed in 1939 but only visited once by the Prime Minister before it was abandoned in 1944.

  • PAWN

    Wood Norton, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

    Situated not far from Evesham and hidden beneath a wooded hillside, a transmission tower is the only clue to motorists of its existence as they pass by on the busy A44 in Worcestershire, this is PAWN (Protected Area Wood Norton).

  • PINDAR Bunker

    Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

    PINDAR is a secure government bunker complex, constructed in the 1990s beneath the Ministry of Defence headquarters on Whitehall in Central London.

  • Portland ROTOR

    Portland, Dorset, United Kingdom

    A single story, underground operations block constructed in 1950 as part of a project to provided complete radar cover for the UK, it went in to operation in 1953. The site is now in private ownership.

  • Primary Network Control Centre

    Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    To the Western end of Tunnel Quarry was an area which was the proposed number 1 district as part of the ammo stores, however due to a severe geological fault this area was never developed by Royal Engineers however the air ministry did make use of it 1943 when they converted it in to South West Control, a military communications centre which opperated up until the 1990s.

  • Salisbury Urban District Control Centre

    Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    Now disused, the Salisbury UD control bunker is a fairly small but really well built bunker, which was put in to use in 1963.

  • Scotland's Secret Bunker

    Anstruther, Fife, United Kingdom

    One of the UK's biggest and most secret bunkers was hidden in the small Scottish town of Anstruther, near Troywood in Fife. Like Kelvedon Hatch, this regional government hideout was hidden beneath an innocent-looking Scottish farmhouse.

  • Spring Quarry

    Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    A large stone quarry which was converted by the air ministry during WWII, the quarry housed the world's largest underground factory. Later it became Royal Navy stores and part of the factory was converted in the government's emergency relocation site in the event of nuclear attack. Spring Quarry joins the south edge Tunnel Quarry, it also joins the smaller abandoned Sands Quarry.

  • Tunnel Quarry

    Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    Tunnel Quarry was one of the four sub-depots of the Central Ammunitions Depot, parts of the converted Bath stone quarry are still security classified sites today. The quarry connects to the northern edge of Spring Quarry and also had a link to the GWR main line at the eastern portal of Brunel's Box Tunnel.

 

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