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Western Approaches, Secret WW2 Bunker in Liverpool city centre

Western Approaches, Secret WW2 Bunker in Liverpool city centreClaimed

Secret bunker

Description

You were once required to sign the Official Secrets Act to enter the building, now it’s open for visitors to freely explore the immense bunker.
The labyrinth of rooms and offices is a precious time capsule and although the 300 war time staff have long gone, a visit to the museum will transport you back to that time and make you ask questions about the people who once worked there.
Self-guided tours take approx 1 – 1.5 hours, there is plenty for families to do including a cipher trial in a gas mask bag, all children receive an Identity Card on arrival, identical to those given to children during the war, there are crafts to do during the school holidays, there is a real unexploded bomb to touch, a war torn street scene with shops to explore, dressing up, typewriters to write letters on, you can learn how to understand Morse Code and there are traditional games to play.

There is also hot drinks and biscuits served at war time prices. Guided tours are also available at £20 per group (up to 35 people).

Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the WW2 bunker that protected the tactics of the British Armed Forces plotting to bulwark the Western Approaches and aid the Allied victory.
Glimpse the documents and tools the forces used to monitor enemy convoys and inform the British government of their findings whilst keeping their intelligence secret from the enemy, including one of only two surviving wartime phones which had a direct connection to the war cabinet in London.
See where commanders and WRNS and WAAF personnel worked every day and night in the Map Room, the nerve centre of the Battle of the Atlantic. Here they monitored convoy routes and vital shipping lines, and pin-pointed enemy locations on a huge map wall, total accuracy was necessary to enable the Royal Navy to contact and destroy the enemy.
The Map Room has remained exactly how as it was left when the doors were closed on 15 August 1945.

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