Monday, November 12, 2007

Gibraltar WW2 Tunnels

The British military base of Gibraltar has been heavily fortified over a period of many years and the remnants can be seen everywhere. At the base of the rock, 19th century fortifications, such as casemates and bastions have been incorporated into the modern city. Up in the nature reserve on the rock itself, a large number of 19th century and WW2 gun batteries can be found. These are supported by a large network of tunnels, some if which are now open as tourist attractions. The tunnels featured on this page were largely dug during WW2 and would have been mainly used as barrack accomodation.


These tunnels along with the Siege Tunnels and many gun batteries on the Rock are open to the public and are well worth visiting.

These tunnels are located two thirds of the way up on the ridge
Just inside the entrance
Behind the wall is a large cavernous area used for accomodationAnother long section
Here the rock has been sprayed with concrete for stabilityLooking back
Another sectionMore barrack rooms

Stalactites forming in the ceiling


More barrack rooms

A shaft leading up to one of the gun batteries outside

Tribute to the 178th Tunnelling Company, who dug the tunnels
Graffiti dated 1942Jock's Balcony, a lookout
View of the guns, showing the magazines below

Close up of one of the guns
Inside one of the guns
Another interior view

13 Comments:

Anonymous mkvale said...

we have loved the tour of ww2 tunnels!

do you still have the flyer with their website?

thanks

3:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pictures, was driven in these tunnels in 1971, whilst in the navy, there are some 32 miles of tunnels in the Rock

12:41 pm  
Blogger wellfootclinic said...

Does anyone have a contact number to arrange a tour?

12:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tel. 20045957 Email rock.fort@gibtelecom.com

5:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You dont need to take a tour. You can go and buy tickets and view a tourist area. Not much of the tunnels are actually lit/safe for public. Also there are many monkeys living on the islands mountain, so dont be surprised if you run into one while searching the tunnels.

3:02 pm  
Blogger gibrocks said...

The tunnels mentioned and pictured are only part of a vast system which include hospitals ,power stations ,magazines,water and oil storage,workshops etc .Pitty that the tour does not include these as most of the sites are closed to the public.I am a founding member of the History Society Gibraltar.

7:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are mistaken. There is not a free for all with the military tunnels. Those that are not in use and considered dangerous have been sealed up and you can't get in. The tunnels that are still in use, you have no access to. Some of the tunnels are open to the public and you only have access on organised and professionally run trips. Virtually all the above tunnels are WW2. The siege tunnels from the 1700's are accessible after buying a ticket and you can walk around them at your leisure.

7:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife visited Gibraltar and she came home with the impression that the tunnels were still under British control still used and considered top secret. She came away with the impression that people still work in the tunnels for weeks at a time and then come out one week per month for health reasons. I am not sure how she got this impression and she told me that there was a small portion of the tunnels, near the entrance, that could be accessed by tourists. Can anyone verify this as true or not?

12:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife visited Gibraltar and she came home with the impression that the tunnels were still under British control still used and considered top secret. She came away with the impression that people still work in the tunnels for weeks at a time and then come out one week per month for health reasons. I am not sure how she got this impression and she told me that there was a small portion of the tunnels, near the entrance, that could be accessed by tourists. Can anyone verify this as true or not?

12:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WW2 tunnels were the property of the MOD until recently. A large portion of the tunnels now belong to the Gibraltar Government. No-one works in the tunnels anymore. There is a small section of the tunnels which still belong the MOD which leads to any area called fossway. This is where the MOD have ammunition etc. Tours can be booked to see them.

8:27 am  
Blogger Neil Rummey said...

I was in the army and in 2005 we was in the tunnels "stagging on" and that gave us perfect opp to wander around and explore. There is a very good reason why tourist can't walk around all the tunnels - it is ridiculously dangerous. I was walking down one spiral staircase and it was pitch black and out of the blue it got really drafty and i stopped for some reason and i waved my torch about and the staircase ended and in front of me was the a massive drop down a cliff - for some reason or erosion the stairway just ended going out of the cliff lol. also it is very haunted, the generators used to randomly switch on (even thou they haven't been used since WW2 - some didn't even have any fuel and we was the only one in the tunnels at the time. also the freakishness of the hospital with the beds still made - very freaky place.

7:01 pm  
Anonymous Fabian said...

Wandering around in dark unknown tunnels is dangerous ,that is why you need guides and local experts.There are ghosts stories here in Gib like the Royal engineer and his dog, and others ,but I have been around the tunnels for ages and never seen or heard anything.
One thing is for certain people died during the construction of these tunnels the last one in the 1960s

8:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a young boy I lived in Gibraltar from 1960 to 63/4. My father was the RSM of the Gibraltar Regiment and us Army kids had a fantastic time exploring all Gibs tunnels and the hundreds of caves converted into what we thought was spying posts. I lived in Buena Vista and from there up towards Europa Point we found well disguised and hidden entrances to these old tunnels. We got caught many times by the Military Police. Some of the tunnels and underground passages we found clearly had not been touched or accessed for many years even back to the 1940's at the height of WW2. Arrow Street was the main and most secret one at the time I lived there which is on the "dark side" of the rock and linked Europa Point with Sandy Bay and only Military could enter.. or 12 year old boys! I guess many of these small tunnels looking onto the Bay of Gibraltar and the straights were sealed up. I know this as my wife and I went back there in the 90's to find our secret den and all I found was a concrete cover sealing the metal ladder entrance leading down to our spy HQ. I'm 69 now and never cease dreaming about my amazing childhood exploring the secrets tunnels of Gibraltar

1:16 pm  

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