Drakelow Tunnels

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Drakelow Tunnels

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 Goverment 9 (R.S.G. 9). Drakelow, along with 12 other facilities scattered across the U.K. formed a national network of highly classified Nuclear Bunkers, that the British Goverment would operate the country from, in the event of Nuclear War.

In 1980, Drakelow was re-designated: Regional Government Headquarters 9.2 (R.G.H.Q. 9.2). The tunnels were also upgraded and Blast Doors and Air Locks installed to bring the complex upto full Nuclear Bunker status. Through out the 1980’s Drakelow operated under complete secracy 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.

Since 1993, the Drakelow Tunnels Preservation Trust, have been restoring the entire complex to its original condition to become the largest Cold War Museum in the UK. It also the largest underground space in the UK open to the general public.

Open days and private tours are conducted of the WWII Rover Shadow Factory tunnels, 1960’s RSG and 1980’s RGHQ Nuclear Bunker through out the year. The complex is also available for filming, training and private functions.

Kidderminster

Visit Kidderminster the largest town in the Wyre Forest District, just 17 miles south west of Birmingham, with it’s many Victorian buildings, through which flows the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, has plenty on offer visitors.

Boasting three shopping centres and a retail park, there are numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from and a twice weekly outdoor retail market.

Visit Worcestershire a great destination for family fun with lots of attractions, great events and action-packed outdoor activities.

In the south are the Cotswolds and their enchanting stone-built villages and heart-lifting rural scenery. And to the west is the Malverns; dark, brooding hills that rise suddenly over the valley of the River Severn that courses north to south down to the Bristol Channel.

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