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Last updated: 18 May, 2023

This world-renowned museum showcases the history and achievements of the Royal Air Force, one of the oldest and most distinguished air forces in the world. It covers World War I, the RAF Nursing Service, bombers, helicopters, Battle of Britain, marine craft and an aircraft factory.

The museum’s vast collection includes a wide range of aircraft, aviation artefacts, interactive exhibits, and multimedia displays that highlight the evolution of aviation technology and the heroic endeavours of RAF personnel. There are flight simulations, a 4D theatre, a Spitfire experience, and a Dambusters VR factory.

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The historic ‘Battle of Britain’ exhibition commemorates the RAF’s heroic defence of Britain during World War II. It’s an immersive experience that will transport you back to the pivotal moments of the famous air campaign during World War II.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 5+
When: All year around

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week.

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