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Royal Air Force Museum, Shifnal

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Over 70 iconic aircraft are displayed at Royal Air Force Museum, dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force. The museum uses two sites (the other one is in London) to introduce visitors of all ages to internationally important aircraft, housed at this location inside three large hangars. Don’t miss a rare chance to see the world’s oldest Spitfire, part of an extensive Warplanes Collection. The museum also includes the National Cold War Exhibition, opened in 2007 to showcase V bombers and other aircraft used during the Cold War era. The exhibition uses "silo theaters" and a variety of media to depict the key events of those years. The museum also offers special birthday party packages, with private rooms available for rent. Add Royal Air Force Museum and other attractions to your Shifnal trip itinerary using our Shifnal family vacation planner.
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  • We went here for a day out in Feb when the weather was horrible. We had a fantastic day my eldest daughter is studying WW1 and it was great for her to be able to relate A negative would be that the ch...  more »
  • Not the first visit , nor the last , this really is a great RAF museum , three massive hangers filled with planes of all shapes and sizes . A lot of ww2 including spitfire , hurricane and me109 , and ...  more »
  • If you like aircraft then you will like this. Up close to planes from WW1 to modern day. Free to enter and only a small fee to park. Nice little cafe to have a snack. Really good day out.  more »
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  • I'd visited RAF Cosford numerous times as a child but after a long gap I went back in my late 30's and was very pleasantly surprised. Entry is completely free albeit there's a small fee for ample parking which I was more than happy to pay. Of course you don't need any details on the attraction, suffice it to say there's lots of planes. A worthy mention for the cold-war hanger which I believe is relatively new and very impressive. Visited November 2015
  • Fantastic facility and collection of aircraft. Visit on a Tuesday and you can chat to WW2 veterans who are there as volunteers as part of "Meet The Veterans". We spoke to an interesting man who had joined the RAF at the age of 17 and served as a rear gunner on a Lancaster Bomber. It was a privilege to shake his hand and thank him for the role he played in the conflict.
  • Phenomenal number of exhibits at this free and impressively big museum. You do have to pay for parking but it is very reasonable. It can get very busy so choose your days and times wisely. There is a good number of interactive, educational activities for children (and curious adults).
  • Arrived on a busy midweek School holiday day with my kids and their friends 4 in total, the only thing I had to pay for was £4 for parking. I have a disability and they furnished me with a Mobility scooter at no notice for free, unfortunately it went flat half way around the museum, but the staff brought another fully charged one out in minutes, the museum staff are brilliant! The museum itself is just epic, the boys sat in the cockpit of a jet and got to play with it, found out how a plane works with the interactive exhibits and played with all of the gadgets, they seen planes from WW1 all the way to the latest jets and even got to see Nuclear bombers and Ballistic missiles, guns, tanks even the Berlin wall, it also turns out to be a Pokemon Go hotspot for those that like that sort of thing. All for the price of parking the car, needless to say I put a donation into the box, if you haven't been...go, one of the best visitor attractions in the Midlands
  • Free entry (just pay for parking) but loads to see. A mass of military planes, displayed very imaginatively, with an activities area that is staffed by very knowledgeable volunteers who are friendly. Great place to spend a few hours, whatever your age.