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Imperial War Museum, Duxford

(4.7/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
A British Concorde, Spitfire, and Lancaster are among the over 200 international aircraft at Imperial War Museum, Britain’s largest aviation museum. Housed on a former Royal Air Force airfield, the museum also has tanks, military vehicles, and naval vessels, including two midget submarines from World War II. A Battle of Britain exhibit is located in an original 1917 Belfast. A museum within a museum, the strikingly modern American Air Museum honors the 30,000 U.S. airmen who died flying from UK bases during World War II, as well as those who fought in battles since then. With our world travel planner, Duxford attractions like Imperial War Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Reviews
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  • I don't pretend to be any sort of aviation expert - what I do know would probably fit on the back of a postcard - but there is a lot to appreciate at Duxford. The museum is clearly well-resourced and ...  more »
  • Many years since I'd seen or flown in some of these aircraft. And many more I'd never seen. It's one of those places where the staff force you to leave at closing time. 
  • We spent the afternoon looking at all the aircraft on display at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. If you love WWII era aircraft, this is the place to visit. Hundreds of planes on display from Sopwi...  more »
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  • A very fascinating experience. This museum is split into eight (at the time of last visit) hangars. Each hangar has a theme. This museum has a plethora of War memorabilia and goes into detail about the history of War. It is a wonderful place with good food as well. They hold air shows here which are fun.
  • Great day out if interested in seeing war planes and vehicles. Great collection from various theatres of war. Some of the planes you can board and have a walk around - interesting seeing the planes the pilot literally had to fly by the wire - can see the wire they had to use to. The restoration areas were good to visit to as you could see the different stages of the restoration. Some of the displays were life like with the manikins looking almost human - gave you a glimpse into what it must have been like to have taken part in the war - well will need a bit of an imagination and some similar military experience too. Overall enjoyed the day, bit of a trip down memory lane having flown in some of the old planes they had on display and learnt a bit more about the weapons of mass destruction we spend so much tax payers' money on developing
  • Amazing place. So much to see and do. My 4 and 6 year old don't ever seem to get bored of it either; whether it's looking at the exhibits, seeing the planes landing and taking off right next to them or the interactive centre in Airspace, there's plenty to do. My only gripe is that the food is expensive. That wouldn't be so bad if it was good quality, but it really isn't at all. However, there is an indoor eating area, so we just take a picnic. Very recommended
  • Fantastic range of aircraft. Really enjoyed seeing the SR-71 blackbird and concord, the workshop offered a nice insight into the work involved in maintaining and restoring the aircraft. Cafe and shop were nice and reasonably priced.
  • This place is great. Fantastic static displays and there always seems to be something out and about on the airfield as it is an active airfield. Lots a facilities across the very large site. Be prepared to walk as it is very large. The range of aircraft is huge and there are some interesting other bits like gyro copters, a mini submarine, tanks and support vehicles. Really loved the flying aircraft hanger and the restoration hangar. It is great to see the working bits/behind the scenes of the museum. Really helps you appreciate the number of hours and people involved. My two year old loved all the displays and pushchair/wheel chair access is great, very easy to get about. I have been on an airshow day as well(flying legends) which was amazing. The sounds, people, displays, sights etc was brilliant and it is just such an awesome experience. Take some binoculars, camera and a picnic blanket so you can sit and watch the planes in action.