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Imperial War Museum Duxford, Duxford
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A British Concorde, Spitfire, and Lancaster are among the over 200 international aircraft at Imperial War Museum Duxford, 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 Duxford 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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  • I took my 15 year old son as he is interested in aeroplanes and wants to become a pilot. We both had a great day and it was fascinating to see all the old planes that used to be flying when I was youn...  more »
  • What a wonderful setting but that was about it. The food was disgraceful, served up was a miserable microwaved Xmas dinner half warmed with a soggy Yorkshire pudding to fill the plate. Drinks were an ...  more »
  • This is one of the best museums in the country I have visited. The staff some are volunteers are so helpful and friendly. It will take a minimum of 2 hours to go around. I cannot recommend this place ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We took our grandsons, aged 10 and 13 during half term week and had a fantastic day. We were there for the Lancaster experience which the boys couldn't get enough of - so many questions which the brilliant Graham as well as the wonderful volunteers were more than happy to answer. They were all so knowledgeable and informative. There was so much to see that we still have a lot to cover. Can't wait for the next visit. The one thing that was a bit frustrating, although totally understandable, was the long wait to go inside the Lancaster. Maybe another time they will have a deli-counter style ticket system so visitors can look around while waiting for their turn. Thoroughly recommend Duxford -it is a unique resource.
  • Love coming here. On my last trip on the 18th September had a brilliant day out. The updated America Aircraft Section was good and made it much more personal as each of the aircraft had a story from someone who had flown the aircraft. Am looking forwards to my next visit! Ate at the Armoury restaurant. The food was lovely. Can especially recommend the pulled pork and the chicken wings as delicious. I will state that the museum is too large to visit everything in one day so make sure that you return to see everything!
  • It really is a first rate museum with so much to see and do, you'll struggle to fit it all into a single visit. Great static displays and some great examples of aircraft from every era. The site itself is clean and tidy and well maintained. The entrance price is a little on the steep side but it's hard to argue really when you consider all the attraction has to offer. Food is also pricey so consider bringing your own if you have several mouths to feed! All in all it makes for a good day out.
  • Just visited IWM Duxford for the first time a few weeks ago. It was a long-time wish to visit the museum and walk around the original, historic buildings. We were in line at opening and stayed all day, just managing to get out of the gift shop in time for them to close. I highly recommend a visit to see the exhibits. Plan for a full day to be able to cover everything. We'll be back for a visit again that coincides with one of the many airshows held at the airfield.