A time capsule from the Cold War era
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Please allow 7 days notice for any hire enquiries.
Cost Your Cold War Bunker tour is lead by an experienced guide and will last approximately one hour.
Minimum 1 or Max a group of 10.
Monday to Friday
Between 10am and 5pm
Weekends and bank holidays
From St Helier, drive along Rouge Bouillon, turn left at the traffic lights by the Robin Hood pub. Head towards Waitrose, turn right into the second entrance, approximately 50 yards from the pub. The entrance to the bunker is about 20 yards in front of you.
- Address The bunker is behind houses on Springfield Crescent, opposite Dongola Road, off Trinity Road, St Helier
- Parking There is no parking
- Bus route 4,21 and 13
- Access There is limited disabled access at this site
- Dogs No dogs allowed, except Guide Dogs. Read our policy here
- Capacity Group up to 10 people
Hidden in a street in the heart of St Helier, this Jersey command centre was kept a secret from the public for years, as the world waited for news of nuclear war.
This bunker was a communications centre, passing and receiving messages to and from other bunkers around the UK and Europe. The threat of nuclear war with catastrophic loss of human life and destruction of the planet was a real danger in the years after the Second World War. To help prepare for such an event, a network of hundreds of bunkers was built throughout Britain and Europe. Messages would be sent and received from other similar bunkers in France, the UK and the other Channel Islands, giving details of radiation levels and survivors.
The Government of Jersey planned how to react in the event of a nuclear war. Essential personnel would be evacuated to this Second World War German communications bunker in Springfield, which had been transformed into a Cold War nuclear fallout bunker, equipped with blast-proof doors, emergency rations, protective clothing and radiation equipment.
From here, messages would be sent and received from other similar bunkers in France, the UK and the other Channel Islands giving details of radiation levels and survivors.
From gas masks and radiation suits to Geiger counters, maps and emergency procedures, the bunker has been frozen in time since it was abandoned when the threat had passed. The bunker is a reminder of the impact the Cold War and the threat of a nuclear attack had on the lives of the Islanders and the rest of the world.
Jersey Heritage looks after this bunker and its contents as one of the 30 historic sites it maintains around the Island, ranging in date from the Ice Age to the Cold War and in materials from granite masonry to reinforced concrete.