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Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker: A Cold War Site in Essex

This once secret nuclear bunker is the deepest and largest bunker in the south east of England; originally built for air defence but turned into a regional government headquarters as the Cold War progressed. Now open to visitors as a museum, Sarah and her son visited this February as they were travelling through Essex.


Opening Hours

1st March – 31st October
Weekdays: 10h00 – 16h00
Weekends: 10h00 – 17h00
1st November – end February
Thursday – Sunday: 10h00 – 16h00 as well as school holidays

Ticket Prices

Adults: £7.50
Children (5 -16): £5.50

Take cash as they don’t accept cards.


Free parking, cafe, picnic benches

Archaeology Travel Writer

Sarah Nash

Sarah has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Archaeology. Besides an interest in archaeology and history, Sarah is also a travel obsessed bookworm. Given her aim to get her children to be equally interested in history and travel, Sarah started our History with Kids series of articles. Sarah has also written about places and museums to visit in Salisbury and London.

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