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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are meeting this week for the second time but despite improving relationships between the USA and North Korea, the hermit kingdom is still a nuclear threat, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. If relations deteriorate, however, and North Korea does not carry out full denuclearisation, the threat of world war three could be real. Should nuclear war break out, where are the best places for Britons in the UK to take refuge? Nuclear bunkers can be found up and down the country. Some have previously been built for military operations and some are now derelict. So where are they?

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Central Government War Headquarters

The 240-acre bunker is in an old underground Bath stone quarry known as Spring Quarry, in Corsham, Wiltshire. After the Cold War, it was taken over by the MoD.

The site was put up for sale in October 2005, and proposed plans for it included a data store or the “biggest wine cellar in Europe.”

Drakelow Tunnels

These tunnels – found beneath the Kingsford Country Park north of Kidderminster, Worcestershire – were originally part of a factory for Second World War munitions.

During the cold war, it served as a nuclear bunker and also housed a BBC studio. The site was sold in 1993 and a cannabis farm of 885 plants was found on the site in 2013.


Hiding underneath the ground of this housing estate in Bridgend Wales is a nuclear bunker developed in the 1960s. It was sold in 1996 and entry is denied.

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

This bunker in Essex was first built as an air defence station and became a bunker.

Now it is open to the public as a tourist attraction and houses a museum dedicated to the Cold War.

Wood Norton, Worcestershire

This is a stately home in Evesham, Worcestershire. The Bredon Wing has a 175-foot bunker beneath it.

World War 3: Donad Trump and Kim Jong Un are meeting this week for the second time (Image: Getty Images)RAF Alconbury (known as Magic Mountain)

Found on a former US air base in Cambridge the building was also known at Magic Mountain, and was made with its own decontamination facility along with its own communications and air supply.

While it was closed in 1991, there are plans to redesign it in the event of an attack or natural disaster.

Anchor telephone exchange

The Anchor telephone exchange in Birmingham is one of three built in the UK before World War II.

The entrance could be found at the back of Telephone House, between Lionel Street and Fleet Street. Another entrance was on Newhall Street.

Workers at the Anchor telephone exchange were not told they were working on a nuclear bunker during construction and could not tell their family about their work.

The building has been closed down now due to asbestos but the Mess Room and Canteen are intact.

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker

This site in Cheshire was first used for the military in World War II.

It was decided the area would be used to house and her government in the car of a nuclear attack on the UK. Now the bunker is open to the public and has a Cold War museum.

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Incredible pictures of a Cold War bunker Wed, November 23, 2016Photographs have emerged of a forgotten Cold War bunker – complete with fascinating instructions of what to do in event of a nuclear attack. The hidden relic deep in the heart of the East Anglian countryside was built in 1958 when tensions between the West and the Soviet Union were growing towards their height.

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Kingsway telephone exchange

Located underneath High Holborn street, it was built as an air-raid shelter in the 1940s.

Since then, it has been used as a communications centre by the government, the General Post Office and yet is now for sale.

Despite once being home to the deepest licensed bar in the UK as well as a restaurant and games room to wait out a nuclear attack, it is currently not in use.

Guardian telephone exchange

These tunnels, in Manchester, were used for BT cables. They were not publicly acknowledged in 1968 – 14 years after they were built.

York Cold War Bunker

This bunker, in Colgate, York, was built in 1961. It serves as the regional headquarters and control centre for the Royal Observer Corps’s No. 20 Group. Now it is an English Heritage Scheduled Monument, opening as such in 2006.

Region 6 War Room

This bunker – on the Whiteknights Park campus of the University of Reading – dates back to the early days of the cold war.

Designed to protect against nuclear attacks as strong as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it later became apparent that it would not be fit for containing humans after an attack.

It was taken over the University library and is now a protected building and Grade II listed.

RNAD Coulport

Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport, shortened to RNAD Coulport, on Loch Long in Argyll, sorts nuclear warheads for trident.


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