Cold War Sector Operations & Bunker Arranged Tour – Norfolk July 2012

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 01.07.2012


Back In the 1950’s, as the Soviet Block developed their ability to deploy Nuclear Weapons against the United Kingdom and the free world, many key NATO military facilities were moved underground to provide added protection. The underground Sector Operations Centre at Neatishead is a well-preserved example of such an R3 Bunker.


Marconi Cold War Radar Equipment by sophos9, on Flickr

Approached via a Guardhouse “disguised” to look like a farm cottage, the two-storey underground bunker was designed to enable the RAF to co-ordinate the Air Defence of the UK even in the event of a nuclear strike. Providing complete Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical protection for the Fighter Controllers and the other staff working in the Operation Centre, the bunker could be sealed and staff could then continue to live and work to co-ordinate the air battle in shirt sleeves.

In liaison with the private owners of the old RAF site, I have been allowed to organise an afternoon walk round of the R3 Bunker for those who are interested, at their own risk.


We have an arranged tour to RAF Neatishead museum which contains the Cold War Operations Room – this is the last one of its kind in the UK and has been kept just like it was since the doors closed, its pretty freaking awesome! The RAF museum has a whole bunch of other cool stuff in there with lots of photographic opportunities…


Cold War Threat Status by sophos9, on Flickr

But the real cool thing is that we have arranged a special tour of the NATO military facilities bunker, its once housed the underground sector operations centre in the R3 bunker – this is almost always off limits.


For this tour, you must sign an insurance disclaimer and whilst they have arranged the bunker tour for free, they have asked that we all donate to Help the Hero’s. The museum has a £6 per adult charge.


Chemical Babies… by sophos9, on Flickr


Cold War Telecommunications Facility by sophos9, on Flickr

How much is this
£6 for the museum which contains the operations room. There is no charge for the bunker tour but they would like people to donate to Help the Heros

How long will we be there
We can arrive around 09:30 in the car park. Museum tour starts at 10:00 until 12:30 when we meet up to go view the R3 Bunker. Underground walk will take around 1 to 2 hours

Where is this place
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
Nr RRH Neatishead
NR12 8YB

When is it?
Saturday 14th July 2012

This is a great opportunity to tour a really cool place, see some of the British Cold War Heritage and talk to people who have worked there and see the R3 Bunker which is almost always off limits…

Please post in the forum if you are certain to come and I will get you booked in!

1 comment

#1dannyOctober 2, 2015, 7:24 pm

when is the next bunker tour

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