Drakelow Tunnels are a former top secret underground military complex beneath Kingsford Country Park north of Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
The tunnels were built between 1941-1942 as a shadow factory for the Rover car company. Parts for aircraft engines were machined in the 3.5 miles of tunnels throughout WWII.
After WWII the tunnels began producing parts for tank engines until 1958 when the tunnels were handed over to the Ministry of Supply, and later Ministry of Works.
In 1961 the British Government converted half of the tunnels into a top secret facility, designated: Regional Seat of Government 9 (RSG 9). Drakelow, along with 12 other facilities scattered across the U.K. formed a national network of highly classified nuclear bunkers, that the British Government would operate the country from, in the event of nuclear war.
In 1980, Drakelow was re-designated: Regional Government Headquarters 9.2 (RGHQ 9.2). The tunnels were also upgraded and blast doors and air locks installed to bring the complex up to full nuclear bunker status. Through out the 1980’s Drakelow operated under complete secrecy until the end of the Cold War in 1990. In 1993, the Ministry of Defence deemed the facility surplus to requirements, and the entire complex was decommissioned and sold.
This is not one for the claustrophobic or those scared of the dark… Once the blast doors are shut it is total darkness.
Don’t forget your torch!
There is an optional sleepover for the brave!
Kingsford Country Park
Event is for one night only and booking is essential.
Over 18's only.
Unsuitable for pregnant ladies.
No Alcohol allowed.
The tunnels can get quite cold so warm clothing is essential, sensible footwear as the ground is uneven in places.
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