Well, it was secret until the 90’s, it was decommissioned in 1992. The bunker is located in Kelvedon Hatch in Brentwood, Essex. It’s an interesting place to visit especially when one of the kids is fascinated with military, war and weapons.
Below are the images from our trip.
This place is a fascinating piece of military/war history but it’s current state have lots of shortcomings. It needs a tidy up overall and the entrance area needs a lot of work to make it more welcoming, cleaner and interesting. The collection is okay, they’re just left there and there’s too many of them. The visitors can touch some of the displays, the old machines and communication devices but still, they can do better. On one corner is a little photography “studio” with bad lighting and old military uniforms on the pegs and floor for the visitors to wear for a souvenir photo. I do not even want to think about what bugs are in those. My son however wants a picture so he put on an oversized uniform and a hat that isn’t comfortable to wear. Some rooms with beds & mannequins (specially the medical room/morgue) are creepy & smelly. On the last bit of the visit where you are surrounded by bunk beds, it is where I felt claustrophobic.
The last area is the shop and canteen. Here too, they need a lot of work because even if the food there smells really good and mouth watering, I will not eat there.
This is an odd place. You only pay when you reach the end. Also, they have an interesting thoughts about the image copyright (seen on the notices found onsite). Simply speaking, they say that they own the copyright of the pictures you take. Well, tough. I don’t think they do but if someone can clarify, you’re welcome to.
Glad to have finally visited the place (specially for my son), but in it’s current condition, I will not be returning soon.