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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Last updated: 07 February, 2024

Set within the spacious grounds of a former First and Second World War airfield, Imperial War Museum Duxford is home to a spectacular collection of more than 200 aircraft, as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats.

The Battle of Britain exhibition focuses on historic war planes, while Airspace tells the story of British aviation, from Spitfires through to Concorde. Alongside the planes, the Land Warfare exhibition charts the technological advances that have changed the face of war.

While you’re there

Duxford is still an operating airport and flights in Tiger Moths, Spitfires or War Birds can be booked through Classic Wings.

Logistics

Price from: £25
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 6+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Duxford is just off the M11, a few miles south of Cambridge, (about a 1.5-hour drive from London). The easiest way via public transport is train from King’s Cross to Cambridge (about 50 minutes) and then the C7 bus from the station to Duxford.

Free tours of the permanent exhibitions are available on most weekends – but not all. Check the website for dates. There are three cafés at Duxford, offering everything from full lunches to sandwiches and cream teas.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Aeronuts wanting to see the exhibits in action should plan a trip to IWM Duxford’s air show, held annually in early September.