London & Ipswich – Secret War to Cold War

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Winston Churchill made his historic 'Iron Curtain' speech at Fulton Missouri on the 5th March 1946, which heralded a dangerous new era of Nuclear weapons and Inter- Continental Ballistic Missiles. The Cold war between East and West would last for over 40 years, during which time one rogue leader, or terrible mistake could have triggered a Nuclear Holocaust.

Winston Churchill, London

Perhaps the Arms Race and the delicate Balance of Power worked, as the unimaginable did not happen! Could the Soviet Union afford another great conflict after their huge losses in the Second World War? Was it all a great ruse by the Defence Chiefs and Arms Manufacturers to persuade Governments to spend more on Defence?

It was a time of spies, propaganda, espionage, mistrust and bluff. Bombproof bunkers for the chosen few and buried places of safety to administer the aftermath of Armageddon!

Suggested Itineraries

Day 1

The Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill museum in Whitehall. Lunch break. The Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey. Drive on to Hostel/ Hotel in the Ipswich area. (2 nights)

Day 2

By boat to the Atomic test site on Orfordness (English Heritage) Maximum of 24 people per visit - so do one morning and one afternoon. Parham Air museum and the Second World War 'Secret Resistance Army' museum. Trimley Anti- Aircraft gunsite.

Day 3

Bentwaters American Air Force Base Cold War museum. Lunch break. The Secret Cold war bunker at Kelvedon Hatch. Visit the underground Air Defence Headquarters, Seat of Government, BBC Studios and much more. Return to London area.

All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
School Children

Tracey Morgan - School Tours Executive

Tracey Morgan has direct knowledge of the trials, tribulations and joys of school trip planning, having arranged and experienced familiarisation trips, as well as organising inbound and outbound tours around the world. This wisdom ensures that each tour you travel on with Holts Tours will cover every eventuality and explore every opportunity.

To arrange and plan your tour, call Tracey on 01306 873 571