This Cold War bunker was built beneath a Scottish farmhouse near St Andrews in the 1950s, designed as a refuge and command centre for senior ministers in the event of nuclear attack. It is now open to the public, and is presented as it would have appeared during the Cold War. There are displays and information. This is perhaps not a trip for young children, and it can be chilly.
The Cold War was a world wide struggle of espionage and intelligence gathering. It was also a claustrophobic business. Spy submarines, such as HMS Ocelot preserved at Chatham Dockyard, and Scotland's Secret Bunker illustrate a war of hiding in small, cramped places.
The original canteen and mess hall now serves as a restaurant. There is also a shop.
Address: Scotland's Secret Bunker, Scotcrown Limited, Crown Buildings, Troywood, St Andrews, Fife KY16 8QH
Opening Times: Please use contact details below.
Bookings are taken throughout the year for parties, events, and weddings - although I have to say if your intended wanted to have their wedding here I would be concerned!
Directions: From St Andrews drive south along the A917, turn right onto the B9131, and then left onto the B940. Click here for an interactive map centred on Scotland's Secret Bunker.
Access: There is wheelchair access to some of the public areas. Wheelchairs are available. Large print information is available. Events are organised for people with disabilities. Contact the bunker for more information using contact details below.
telephone: 01333 310301
fax: 01333 312040
web site: www.secretbunker.co.uk