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The Royal Air Force Museum London

Grahame Park Way | Colindale, London NW9 5LL, England
+44 20 8205 2266
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Ranked #15 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: If you're searching for something different why not take off to Colindale and navigate your way...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Attraction details
Type: Military Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: If you're searching for something different why not take off to Colindale and navigate your way through the history of aviation from the earliest balloon flight to the latest Eurofighter? This world-class collection of over 100 aircraft, aviation and wartime memorabilia offers a fun day out for all the family. Don't forget to visit our awe inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain. Better yet admission to the museum is free of charge. The Museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children

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Gravesend
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

My wife, son, grandson and I visited the museum in Hendon for our grandsons fifth birthday. It was our grandsons first visit and the remainder of us hadn't visited for years so it was like visiting for the first time. Entrance to the museum is free but if you drive and need to park a car the cost is £4... More 

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Our anticipated couple of hours here turned into over half a day. The time simple flew by! The 100 year history of flight along one wall is enough to keep you going for sometime in itself. But just to name one or two of the exhibits - the Lancaster, the Vulcan, the incomparable Spitfire, and a walk through a Sunderland... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The museum is awesome! It has hundreds of life sized air plane models. One can really learn the evolution of aeroplanes and its history. There is also a short description of every aeroplane on display. The museum housed a few hangars which gives the visitors more planes to view. My son was in awe when he saw the fighter planes,... More 

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Alaska
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The RAF Museum is a long-time favourite but also a frustration for several years. I visit London frequently and tried for three successive years to see The Grahame White Aircraft Factory display of early aircraft. Each time I failed. One through arriving too late for their limited open hours. Once because a security alert had it closed moments before I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The last time I was able to view this museum was some 35 years ago (gulp) when I was on a school educational outing.. I've been meaning to come back & see what's changed since my last visit. Well, I have & it's even better, partly because it wasn't with a large party of rowdy children & memorably absent teacher... More 

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Congleton
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I was impressed with the RAF museum as it gives the history of flight in a much broader sense than purely through the eyes of the RAF and it's full of interesting facts and figures. A few of the hands on interactive machines were out of order which was a pity, but the hangers are really well set out with... More 

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La Cala de Mijas, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I was so impressed with the museum. My husband is really interested in the old military aircraft from the Second World War but I must admit I don't share his passion. However I found the museum really interesting too, spending a lot of time looking at the wall displays of all aerial photos, war memorabilia and other displays, and less... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

During this visit to GB, we toured a number of military museums including Bombers Command Memorial, Royal Artillery Museum and this. Fantastic static display. My son particularly was awed by the life-size Spitfire, which he heard so much about. The exhibits, pictures and videos gave a useful chronological account but also imposed a strong image on the roles the RAF... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

A free admission museum, but watch out, you have to pay for the car park. Try to avoid school holidays and weekends. It is a great place to see the development of the Royal Air Force over the years. The site is split over four main buildings. The Milestones of Flight building has a very informative timeline of aviation along... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Sadly all the suspended aircraft are now on the floor. The entire feel to the venue has changed. It's's all very different and rather flat. A few modern or replicas suspended must be attempted, it has lost it's magic. Most of the interactive displays were out of order, only one touchscreen monitor was working. I remember this museum from earlier... More 

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RAFMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Royal Air Force Museum London, responded to this review

Good Day to you and thank you for your review of our museum, particularly the high rating that you gave us. If we may, the Museum would like to respond to some of the points that you made in your review. We are aware of the problems with some of the kiosks that are on display in Milestones of Flight... More 

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