Deep under the former RAF Uxbridge is a large military bunker built during WW2 that was used to oversee the Battle of Britain in the skies above.

It has now been restored to how it looked on 15th September 1940, the day on which Winston Churchill visited and witnessed the conduct of the most significant day of the battle of Britain.

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Although RAF Uxbridge closed in 2010, the Ministry of Defence have granted permission for the Bunker enclave to continue to be referred to as RAF Uxbridge. Support for the Bunker is provided by RAF Northolt.

Tours last year were cancelled following flooding, but it will be open again this year, on the following dates:

  • April 18th & 19th
  • May 16th & 17th
  • June 20th &21st
  • July 18th & 19th
  • August 15th & 16th

Tours will start at 10am, 12noon and 2pm each day.

The tour includes a short film on the Battle of Britain followed by a presentation in the Plotting Room describing how the battle in the sky above London & South East England was controlled from this historic room. Visitors can also take time viewing the many artefacts in the Group Controllers Cabin and other rooms in the museum. Displays include many artefacts from the 2nd World War period, as well as exhibits focussing on the WRAF (Women’s Royal Air Force); Royal Observer Corps and the history of RAF Uxbridge.

All visits MUST be pre-booked by calling 01895 238154 or emailing 11gpenquiries@btconnect.com with the date and time of the visit and the number of visitors.

Visitors are invited to make a donation of £3 per person in support of the Bunker and Museum.

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They will also be open during September for events to commemorate the 75th Anniversary Battle of Britain Day – dates and times for September opening are still being worked out.

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2 comments on “Battle of Britain bunker tour dates announced
  1. Roy Smith says:

    Surely it should be called RAF Hillingdon, the Fighter Command Station, I spent 18 months of my National Service there and was taken into the bunker.

  2. Roy Smith is correct. The site at RAF Uxbridge was originally split into two units (RAF Hillingdon and RAF Uxbridge). RAF Hillingdon was (amongst other things) the home of No 11 Group Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. RAF Uxbridge housed other units, including the RAF Central Band, a hospital for officers and a basic entry training establishment. The two distinct names continued until 1958 when the Ops Rooms closed – at that time the RAF Hillingdon name ceased to be used and the whole site came under RAF Uxbridge.

    The current use of the name RAF Uxbridge for visits to the Bunker is partly due to RAF Uxbridge always being the name of the site since the museum was established in 1975.

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