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. Plan your visit to Imperial War Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Duxford trip itinerary planner.
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Imperial War Museum Reviews
julieroutledge63August 20, 2017
Having read on the website average visitor spends 1 and a 1/2 hours we arrived around 1pm. The museum closed at 6 and we ran out of time to properly view the whole of the site. What we did view was ab... more »
ewint2006August 20, 2017
Driving by seeing it briefly I thought it was 1 large hangar by an airfield, still interesting but not huge... I was wrong. When we got in we realized how extensive it is! There is so much to see plan... more »
Anna CAugust 20, 2017
This was a great day out with out with our 2 year old and 4.5 year old. There is so much to do and see here we spent the whole day here. Hanger 1 is a must the kids loved going into Concorde. I think ... more »
No complaints here! A cracking set of static aircraft on display both military and civil. In addition to this there are open workshops where you can see the current restoration projects the teams are working on. What surprises many is the tank museum which is just as engaging as the air museums. From Bren carriers to the SR71 Blackbird there's a vast selection of aircraft and vehicles so you're sure to find your favourites. There are excellent eating facilities and play areas with toilets dotted across the site. If you are visiting for an airshow then you are going to have a VERY good time. On these days there are many dozens of trade stands selling everything from badges and model kits to autographed painting and original art. They are often autographed by the aircrews then and there! However, get there very early because the traffic is beyond a joke. It will be very crowded and photographers will glue themselves to the flight line so pic your spot carefully especially if bringing your own food and drink. I strongly suggest you do because the queues to the food stands are horrendous and expensive. It's hard not to enjoy yourself at Duxford.
I went as I'm a local resident so can get in free on non-display days. Facilities were all excellent throughout. I was impressed with the layout and proximity to the planes. I made use of two of the eateries, the cakes were very good but service a bit slow. Ultimately it's not really my thing but the experience for someone into WW2 & modern aviation would be terrific.
Lovely day out with the family, my mother had a trip up in the air to fly along side the spitfire which was amazing - she shared a video she took during the flight. We checked out most parts of the museum which was all very well maintained and had some very informative and helpful volunteers who were keen to share their knowledge. I would say that the entry line was pretty disorganised but this didn't spoil the rest of the day!
I'm a regular visitor there are few places in the UK where you can have this experience either as an enthusiast or casual visitor. Flying days are excellent and provided you bring food quite good value. Lots to do with younger children.
An absolutely amazing museum, the entry fee of £18 (£16 without donation) is expensive but when you see how it's used you understand the cost. We spent 6 hours (10am-4pm) there and it was amazing. Watching the Spitfire and Dragon Rapide take off and land was an amazing sight. The proximity to the aircraft was great though the American Air Museum seems a little overcrowded but you do get up close to the B52, F111 and the SR71 which are all sights to behold. Expect to spend between 3 and 6 hours here if you want to see every exhibit. Be aware on weekdays of the amount of school kids (From primary - college-age) as they can really get in the way and be incredibly frustrating.
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