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Stockport Air Raid Shelters

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Really Interesting, Great Experience!

I really enjoyed my visit here when I brought my Mum for Mother's Day. This wouldn't usually be my... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
xxxC29xxx
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Fascinating view of WW2 blitz shelters

Despite having lived in Manchester all my life, and worked within 1/2 mile of these shelters, I was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
395PaulC
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940's. Visitors have the opportunity of learning about the experiences of local...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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61 Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1NE, England
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+44 161 474 1940
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 February 2013

If you've ever wondered what life was like for the people of Stockport during the second world war air air-raids, you will find "Stockport Air Raid Shelters" (nicknamed The Chestergate Hotel) are a fascinating glimpse into this basic, but necessary facility.The extensive labyrinth of tunnels,...More

4  Thank Davidfarrow
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I was very excited to bring my partner down to the shelter, she came up from London and has never been to a museum like this before. On arrival there was three older women chatting and didn't really acknowledge us. We paid and then was...More

4  Thank Toni-Anne S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I really enjoyed my visit here when I brought my Mum for Mother's Day. This wouldn't usually be my kind of thing, but I found it really quite fascinating! It was educational, interesting, and authentic. I would definitely recommend this for all ages, as the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Despite having lived in Manchester all my life, and worked within 1/2 mile of these shelters, I was not aware of them until my 7 year old grand-son went on a school trip. He was so excited at what he saw that he wanted to...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a very fun. The staff were polio’s and made you feel like you were in world war 2. The air race shelter was so realistic. There was also a shop which sold Britain mershendise from ww2 time .

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with family including young grandchildren.the shelter was interesting , although we found the audio guide not very easy to use,the kids enjoyed it though. I was disappointed though that the only toilet is for disabled persons and staff assumed no one in our...More

1  Thank ae4huntsham
Phil C, Manager at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi ae4huntsman, our staff do have training in non-visible disabilities and the sign on the toilet door explains that if you 'ask to spend a penny' you are able to highlight you require an accessible toilet without sharing embarrassing details. I'm sorry the staff member...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having just turned 60, it was my first ever senior discount and a real bargain below 4 GBP. The audio is included and you should try to listen to all the anecdotes and simulations. Stories about the toilets and the rations are sobering.

Thank Richard M
Phil C, Manager at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Richard :-) excellent choice for your first 'concession' visit :-)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came across this museum by chance. It was so atmospheric with long tunnels made of sandstone and audio guide that provided essential listening to bring it to life.

Thank Hazel E
Phil C, Manager at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Hazel :-) isnt the guide great? hearing the words from 1940 brought back to life is really eerie in the tunnels

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My 10yr old son is learning about the war in school so we decided to go to Air Raid Shelters as we only live 10 minutes away. The shelters were great my son loved them. He enjoyed walking up and down all the tunnels and...More

Thank FellowTraveler776706
Phil C, Manager at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, what a great review, we are really chuffed your son enjoyed the visit :-) As kids go free to all our sites, they are all great for repeat visits :-)

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

knowing a little about its history it was a great visit to get more indepth information as to how important the shelters were to the people of stockport and how they lived it was good to see what the facilitys were like ie: toilets ....More

Thank 391stuartr
Phil C, Manager at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Stuart, it's amazing what still survives!

Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Very well thought out presentation of the original tunnels. Lots of info to view and listen too with option to listen to choose additional audio information on a range of related topics. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

Thank Gwen M
TunnelInspector, Manager at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thanks Gwen :-) what a great review

Reviewed 23 September 2018

Although its a while since we went it’s a experience I will never forget.I remember thease shelters from my childhood days and and what brought it all home the horrible times that war brings. Walking through the shelters there was information about what the people...More

Thank Anthony169
TunnelInspector, Manager at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you Anthony, we are very careful not to forget that the Shelters were a sanctuary during a very scary time, and we make sure we dont get flippant or upset people like yourself who lived through the War.

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Response from TraceyP648 | Reviewed this property |
HI Roy I don't recall seeing any it's on a busy road. They have school tours so there must be? best to call them. Regards Tracey.
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