The nearest train station to York Cold War Bunker is York, ten miles away. On the East Coast Main Line and operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, York station is a key national railway junction, so services come in from across the country, then from the station, it's a 26-minute walk or nine-minute taxi ride to York Cold War Bunker.

Or you could catch the First in York bus service 1, Arriva 412 or Eddie Brown service 142 & 413.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: For Advance Purchases, the opening hours are: Mon - Fri 08:00 till 19:45. Sat 08:00 till 18:45. Sun 09:00 till 18:45
DayOpening Hours
Saturday 05:45 - 21:00
Sunday 07:30 - 21:30
Weekdays05:30 - 21:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Station BuffetAvailable
ATM notes
Located on concourse
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

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Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park Station Short Stay Car Park
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast
Car parking spaces634
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£600.00
Per Hour£2.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces626
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Within station, within car park, andÿnext to the ticket office

Cycle storage notes<p>80 secure stands.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Lifts and level access to all platforms. Lift available from station concourse (platform 3) to platforms 5 -11. Customer assistance available 'Call for Aid' button by taxi rank at front of station. No level access to National Rail Museum via platforms 10/11, exit at front of station and around Station Hotel.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

No advance booking is required but it will reduce the waiting time for a wheelchair access Taxi

About York Cold War Bunker

The York Cold War Bunker is a two-storey underground bunker, built in 1961 to monitor the effects of nuclear bomb blasts and track their fallout patterns across Yorkshire. Between 1961 and 1991, it was used by the Royal Observer Corps' No. 20 Group YORK, as one of a network of 30 monitoring stations around the UK, and would have housed about 60 scientists and volunteer observers. In the event of a nuclear war, the information gathered about fallout patterns would have been used to give warnings to the general public.

This is the only such Cold War facility to have been preserved in its operational condition, and visitors today can take a guided tour of the Bunker to view the retro-futuristic Perspex maps, the then state-of-the-art 1980s computers, and the radio and landline communications equipment.

Visitors can also view the decontamination room and the 'Standby for the new Stone Age' art exhibition, and climb nearby Clifford's Tower for spectacular views of the historic city of York. Few sites open to the public can provide such a powerful sense of a terrifying moment in history that seems so near, and yet so far away.

Departures and arrivals from York

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into York station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express09:493On time
to NewcastleLondon North Eastern Railway09:559On time
to London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway09:575On time
to ScarboroughTransPennine Express10:004On time
to London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway10:026On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from LeedsNorthern09:5110Late
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway09:529On time
from NewcastleLondon North Eastern Railway09:545On time
from LeedsTransPennine Express09:554On time
from Blackpool NorthNorthern10:007On time

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