Worcestershire’s secret neclear bunker in the grounds of Broadway Tower
Located near to Broadway Tower is the Royal Observer Corps nuclear bunker. It was build and made operational in 1961 and stayed a closely guarded secret until it was decommissioned in 1991. It was used by the ROC (Royal Observer Corps) as part of a much wider network designed to track and record incoming nuclear weapons, locate their blast points and measure how powerful the explosion had been. Originally one of more than 1500 such monitoring posts, it is now just one of a handful that have been restored to their original condition.
Construction was managed by the Air Ministry Works Department and the ROC and carried out by local contractors. Once the concrete and waterproofing work was in place, soil was compacted over the structure to form a mound.
The bunker at Broadway Tower has been extensively restored and this relic of the cold war can once again remind us what it was like to be on constant lookout for enemy bombs and missiles. Ex members of the Royal Observer Corps are often on hand during the weekends providing tours and of the facility and stories about what it was like to be on duty.
It is well worth seeing and can be visited on specific open days which are generally weekends between April and October. Visitors are advised to check opening times with the Broadway Tower website. There is no disabled entrance to the bunker as access is via a steep ladder leading underground through a narrow hatch.
Please always check opening times by following the link to this Venue’s website.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
Broadway Tower & Country Park, Buckle Street, Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, England – WR12 7LB
Sat Nav Postcode: WR12 7LB (best available)
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: WR12 7LB (best available)