A night like no other!
Do you have what it takes to spend a night in a World War 2 bunker?
This unique challenge will see you spend a full night at the Western Approaches bunker in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday 30th November. With films, games and challenges to keep you occupied throughout the night, it's set to be a once in a lifetime experience.
Saturday 30th November 7.30pm – Sunday 1st December 6.30am.
About the bunker/western approaches
On 7 February 1941, Combined Operations moved to Derby House at Exchange Flags because German aircraft and U-boats were attacking ships travelling in from the continent. The department became known as Western Approaches Command as it monitored Western Approaches, the rectangular area of the Atlantic Ocean lying immediately to the west of the British Isles. Liverpool subsequently became an important strategic position in the Second World War.
A bunker was built below Derby House, which became known locally as the ‘Citadel’ or ‘Fortress’ due to the extensive reinforced concrete protection given to the basement. It was bomb proof and gas proof, with a 7 foot thick concrete roof and 3 foot deep concrete walls, containing 100 rooms covering 55,000 square feet.
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Accessibility at Wester Approaches HQ
The Western Approaches site is across two floors with various staircases and steps in between.
Due to the historic nature of the building, the only way around is via staircases.
Accessibility aids (wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.) as well as prams can be left at reception.
The toilets are located at the bottom of a ramp near the reception area. These are the only toilet facilities on site at present. Whilst they do not have step access they are not wheelchair accessible.