BOOK A VISIT
The bunker housed RAF Fighter Command’s No.11 Group Operations Room throughout the Second World War, the room from which the RAF co-ordinated most of the Battle of Britain, presented as Winston Churchill saw it on 15 September 1940.
You can make two kinds of in-person visit. A one-hour Bunker Tour takes you down 76 steps in a small distanced group to see the original 1940s bunker, followed by a visit to our exhibition. Alternatively, you can visit our exhibition only, which currently includes a free virtual video tour of the bunker. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor spaces on site.
Please note: HillingdonFirst cards must be shown to validate a discount, or full adult price will be charged at entry. A card only grants discounted entry for one: the person named on the card.
We cannot currently take advance bookings but we will update this website and social media as soon as we have more information.
OUR AIR DEFENCE EXHIBITION
OUR VISITOR CENTRE
ONLINE EVENTS AND RESOURCES
Discover and join in with our online events and resources, in a year when we are commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain itself.
Our visitor centre offers attractive and adaptable spaces for hire, from 20 to 200 people. Get in touch to book an atmospheric setting for your party, launch, meeting, away-day or conference. Private tours of the bunker are available for up to 50 people.
Our new visitor centre offers attractive and adaptable spaces for hire, fitting from 20 up to 200 people if you decide to book the entire venue. Get in touch for help finding the perfect setting for your function, with options of hourly, half-day and full-day bookings. For a unique experience, why not book a private tour of the bunker for up to 50 people?
CAFE & SHOP
The cafe will reopen during October with a reduced menu of takeaway drinks and snacks.
Our gift shop is now open again, offering Battle of Britain Bunker merchandise, subject-related books, aviation-themed gifts, and items that support the Royal Air Force Association.
By enjoying our cafe and gift shop, you’ll be helping to support this historic place.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
VISITOR CENTRE OPENING TIMES
Seven days per week. 10am to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. You must book in advance with the current government guidelines.
If you want to visit the 1940s Bunker (76 steps underground), you must book online to ensure entry.
There are accessible parking spaces available near the main entrance, a lift inside the building and a ramp up to the building.
We welcome assistance dogs.
The exhibition and visitor centre is wheelchair accessible.
Hearing aid induction loop is available.
TOURS & FEES
The only way to visit the 1940s Bunker on site is to join one of our scheduled tours. You can see up-to-date availability and book in advance here.
Tours last around an hour, which includes a presentation in the plotting room. The Visitor Centre closes at 4.30pm so please plan to visit before, if you are booked on the last tour. Please note, filming is not permitted.
The bunker is accessed via 76 steps and can be unsuitable for those with reduced mobility. Due to the heritage nature of the building there is no lift.
- BY TUBE: Nearest station Uxbridge (Metropolitan and Piccadilly), then one mile walk through Dowding Parkvia the High Street and St Andrews Road, signposted by blue and brown tourist signs. There is a cab rank at Uxbridge.BY BUS: To St. Andrew’s Church on the A10 or U3 from Heathrow or the 427, U1, U4 or U7 then walk through Dowding Park. Bus U2 stops at the junction of Hercies Road and Honey Hill. Check routes at www.tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey
- BY CAR: Use satnav postcode UB10 0BE (different from postal address) or search maps for Battle of Britain Bunker