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Barnton Quarry Nuclear Bunker

Long abandoned underground complex to keep royals safe from the nuclear war that never came. 

This nuclear bunker under the Corstorphine Hill, embedded in the Barnton Quarry, was built in 1952 as a Cold War shelter for the British government and the Queen, if she happened to be at her Edinburgh residence, and even for the BBC complete with a broadcast room.

But the Soviet nuclear attack on Scotland never came, and the bunker was never used. It was a secret until 1963 when a group called Spies for Peace exposed it to the public. It was purchased in 2005 by a private owner who intends to turn it into a museum, although the bunker has long been explored by intrepid spelunkers. (Warning: due to two fires, it is full of asbestos.)

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