Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours

Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours 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.
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08/05/2020
Stockport Museums and Galleries

Stockport Museums and Galleries

To celebrate and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, we've put together a video of some of the Second World War 'objects of victory' in our collection. If you are taking part in any VE celebrations today, please remember to do it at home and stay safe! #VEDay75 #StockportRemembers #VE75 #VEDay

08/05/2020

VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY

To mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War, we have created a short film showing scenes of how this day was celebrated in Stockport in 1945.

On the evening of the 7th of May following Germany’s unconditional surrender earlier in the day, radio programmes were interrupted to announce that the 8th of May would be a National Holiday – Victory in Europe Day.

There was an outpouring of national joy and relief enjoyed on this day throughout the country. In celebration, people took to the streets in the cities and street parties with tables and bunting decorated neighbourhoods everywhere.

On VE Day 75 years later, we remember this conflict, we celebrate its end and we honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation. #VEDay75

If you are in Stockport, have a look out for our very own 'Tommy in the window to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE...
04/05/2020

If you are in Stockport, have a look out for our very own 'Tommy in the window to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day!

Why not show your support during the commemorations for VE Day on Fri 8th May by having a Tommy in the Window sticker. Y...
01/05/2020
VE Day Window sticker 'Tommy in the Window'

Why not show your support during the commemorations for VE Day on Fri 8th May by having a Tommy in the Window sticker. You can find out more information on how to purchase yours at the link below:

On Fri 8th May 2020 we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation. Watch this sp...
01/05/2020
VE Day 75 | Remembrance Events | Royal British Legion

On Fri 8th May 2020 we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation. Watch this space for further information on how Stockport will be commemorating this VE Day 75th Anniversary.

The British Legion have put together some events and activities for people to take part in so please take a look at the information here 👇

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/ve-day-75

The Legion will sadly not continue with plans to facilitate attendance for members of the Second World War generation at national events in London to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

19/03/2020

With effect from 5pm Wednesday 18th March, all of Stockport Council’s Museums (Air Raid Shelters, Bramall Hall, Chadkirk Chapel, Hat Works, Staircase House, Stockport Museum and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery) are closed to the public and schools until further notice.

14/01/2020
Totally Stockport

Check out Totally Stockport's visit to the Air Raid Shelters!!! Have you been yet? 😁

Paul Taylor the Stockport BID Manager visits the Air Raid Shelters. Amazing history and well worth a trip to see.

04/01/2020

Happily we can now confirm
as of 12.22pm that the Air Raid Shelters are back up and running as normal! We are open until 5pm today with the last tour being at 4pm!

04/01/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the Air Raid Shelters are closed today Saturday 4th January and Sunday 5th January 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wishing all our followers and visitors a very Happy New Year!
31/12/2019

Wishing all our followers and visitors a very Happy New Year!

Thinking of visiting us over the Christmas Holidays? Check out our Opening Hours here!
19/12/2019

Thinking of visiting us over the Christmas Holidays? Check out our Opening Hours here!

10/12/2019

'We are sorry, but due to staff training on Tuesday 10th December, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Stockport Museum, Staircase House and Hat Works will close to the public at 3.15pm. We apologise for any inconvenience’.

09/12/2019

'We are sorry, but due to staff training on Tuesday 10th December, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Stockport Museum, Staircase House and Hat Works will close to the public at 3.15pm. We apologise for any inconvenience’.

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport is consulting on a number of cost-saving proposals regarding Stockport Museums' servic...
04/10/2019
Museums Consultation - Page 1 of 7 - Stockport Metropolitan Borough Citizen Space - Citizen Space

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport is consulting on a number of cost-saving proposals regarding Stockport Museums' services; including reducing the number of Museum sites run by the council, limiting opening times, introducing charges and moving the Museum from the Market Place to Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.

Please have your say by filling in the survey at the link below:

https://consultation.stockport.gov.uk/policy-performance-and-reform/museums-consultation-2019/consultation/subpage.2019-09-13.6972164171/

Find and participate in consultations run by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

We've had lots of enquiries about booking for Santa in the run up to Christmas, so finally we have the online link to, s...
02/10/2019
What's on guide

We've had lots of enquiries about booking for Santa in the run up to Christmas, so finally we have the online link to, share with you!

Have a look through the online Musuems What's on Guide and follow the booking instructions for your chosen activity!

Have fun!

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/whats-on-guide

Find out what's happening at our 7 museums in Stockport.

17/09/2019

**Tues 17th Sept: The Air Raid Shelters will be closing at 3.30pm today.**

Due to staff training all town centre museums will close at 3.30pm today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions or would like to book on any of the Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours, please have a look at ou...
17/08/2019
Air Raid Shelters - Stockport Council

If you have any questions or would like to book on any of the Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours, please have a look at our Web pages and then call 0161 474 4449 to check availability. Thank you 😊

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Have you started the Frog Trail yet? Stockport Air Raid Shelters have our own frog! No. 17 Fanatical Frog! Come and say ...
29/06/2019

Have you started the Frog Trail yet? Stockport Air Raid Shelters have our own frog! No. 17 Fanatical Frog! Come and say hello!

Flecky Bennett Productions Stockport’s Staircase House Experience
06/06/2019

Flecky Bennett Productions Stockport’s Staircase House Experience

Flecky Bennett Productions believe it’s very important to keep amazing locations going and we are more than delighted to give 50% of all ticket sales to Staircase House & the Air Raid Shelters for their upkeep

26/02/2019
BEDLAM 2x06 Series 2 Episode 6 ''Reunion'' Final Episode Part 2/3

#throwbacktuesday (is that a thing?) to when Lacey Turner and the Bedlam team came to film at the Shelters - skip to 6mins 15 secs to see us pretending to be a haunted abandoned asylum cellar :-)

BEDLAM 2x06 Series 2 Episode 6 ''Reunion'' Final Episode Part 2/3 After a shock appearance from an unexpected visitor, Max and Ellie embark on a twisted and ...

Eagle eyed viewers of Cbeebies on Sunday will have seen our fantastic Education Officer Elaine and the children of St Jo...
14/02/2019
Treasure Champs - Series 2: 10. Remembering

Eagle eyed viewers of Cbeebies on Sunday will have seen our fantastic Education Officer Elaine and the children of St Joseph's school on a visit to the Shelters, learning about remembering :-)

Well done everyone! Its available on iplayer so go see the tunnels starring role :-)

Barry doesn’t know what to say when Kari reminisces about her grandma.

Together we will #walk1000miles
01/02/2019

Together we will #walk1000miles

So last night we had a walk of a completely different kind!
My son and I went on a ghost 👻 walk!
All underground in an air raid shelter exploring parts that haven't been open for over 80 years!
We didn't see any ghosts 👻 👻
But we did see an interesting dinosaur bone! 🦕 🍖
#Walk1000Miles #RedJanuary #StockportAirRaidShelter #FleckyBennett

#flashbackfriday to a 2013 photoshoot deep in the tunnels for @Stacey_L_Hill jewellery :-) not the usual outfit for a tr...
01/02/2019

#flashbackfriday to a 2013 photoshoot deep in the tunnels for @Stacey_L_Hill jewellery :-) not the usual outfit for a trip deep under Stockport!
https://www.instagram.com/staceylhill/

Portadown Post
01/02/2019

Portadown Post

Post Telephones - Part 2

We continue our research into the WWII Telephones used by the Observer Corps.

Although not in chronological manufacturing order, the AD1542 is the next ‘well known’ model of Observer Telephone.

For the rest of the article we will refer to it as the 'wartime economy phone'.

Wartime economy was a tactic of government during WW2 to simplify factory production to improve speed of output, and to save material by using cheaper /inferior woods and metals etc in order to save material that was in short supply for the war effort.
The wartime economy phone has a slightly simplified circuitry compared to the AD163, but it is essentially the same internally, just powered by different batteries. The construction is vastly different though. For a start it is smaller, and is made of pine that has then been painted blue. The wood is not nicely finished, and has a rough texture. There are no nice joints, rather it is crudely constructed using butt joints and nails. The metal hardware is also far simplified, there is no nicely finished metal locking cover over the headphone jack point - just a simple metal disc screwed directly into the wood. The hinges and catch on the door are also crude (but effective). The internal mechanism is held in place by a screw rather than a machined sliding bolt and there is no stamped name plate, instead it is simply stencilled with the designations. Also gone is the handle made from leather, its now made from canvas.

So far Ed and I have found one phone with a date on it of 'FB43/1' which signifies it was made in 1943, during production run 1 at the GPO factory in Birmingham. The phonetic alphabet label inside was also a clue as it was of the format that was in use after 1942, whereas the AD163 'early' phones have phonetic alphabet labels that were of the format used from 1921-1942.
There is also photographic evidence of the AD1542 'wartime economy' phone being used in the underground protected posts - so it is safe to assume it was used after the war, and probably up to the introduction of the AD3460 'teletalk' that was designed specifically for the underground monitoring posts in the nuclear age.

See the photos for details of the AD1542 'wartime economy model' post telephone.

Look out for part 3 at 1pm next friday, which will be published on the Cuckfield ROC Post Museum pages, where we look at the AD599 - a phone that up until recently we never even knew existed!

The Cuckfield ROC Post Page can be found here, give them a like/follow so you dont miss part 3!

www.facebook.com/cuckfieldnuclearbunker

Stockport Museums and Galleries
30/01/2019

Stockport Museums and Galleries

Our sites are open! Bramall hall, Staircase House, Hat Works and the War Memorial Art Gallery open at 1pm and Stockport Museum, and the Shelters are open now. https://goo.gl/5toKRU

We are open as normal today - an excellent day to be underground :-) Photo by Caren haf Morris
30/01/2019

We are open as normal today - an excellent day to be underground :-)

Photo by Caren haf Morris

The Friends of Flecky Bennett
26/01/2019

The Friends of Flecky Bennett

The Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience January 2019

Wellfield Junior School
25/01/2019

Wellfield Junior School

Going back in time for MuseumSelfieDay:-)
16/01/2019

Going back in time for MuseumSelfieDay:-)

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience
26/12/2018

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience

Richard
09/12/2018

Richard

I would highly recommend Stockport air raid shelter museum very accessible very amazing staff and what amazing audible tour and I am blind and I would recommend it to people of all ages and families and people also with disabilities it is accessible and I am on YouTube and Instagram RBURNSWALLACE2226

last chance to get tickets for Feb :-)
08/12/2018
Ian

last chance to get tickets for Feb :-)

Join Flecky Bennett & The Tunnel Inspector inside the worlds largest Air Raid Shelter

Last Tickets Available For February 2019

Ian
08/12/2018
Ian

Ian

ONLY 10 TICKETS REMAINING FOR FEB 2019

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience
07/12/2018

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience

Amazing Audience Photos From Last Night’s

The Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience

This weekend, bring your #stocking (or #sock) and see Jangles the good fairy deep under #stockport #ww2 #airraidshelter ...
05/12/2018

This weekend, bring your #stocking (or #sock) and see Jangles the good fairy deep under #stockport #ww2 #airraidshelter child £7.50, concessions £6.50, accomp adult free. #Bookingessential on 0161 474 1940 can you find #fatherchristmas?

Address

61 Chestergate
Stockport
SK1 1NE

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

0161 474 1940

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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 people during the war. Visitors can learn about the experiences from the displays in the tunnels and from the state of the art audio-guides. You can also to find mementos of the 1940's in our shop.

Keep up to date by following our museums on Facebook at facebook.com/stockportmuseums and Twitter at @SMBC_Museums.

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Do you know. Where I can find my Great Auntie sons name on a memorial in Stockport
Hi. Are you still open in school holidays and can you just turn up? Thanks
I would highly recommend Stockport air raid shelter museum very accessible very amazing staff and what amazing audible tour and I am blind and I would recommend it to people of all ages and families and people also with disabilities it is accessible and I am on YouTube and Instagram RBURNSWALLACE2226
ONLY 10 TICKETS REMAINING FOR FEB 2019
Hi when is the Father Christmas visits this year ? Thanks
Interesting cutting from April 1939
I was in the Dodge Hill shelter as a child during the war.