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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 #31 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military 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 through the history of aviation from the earliest... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The RAF Museum is one of those local 'treasures' one can easily forget about, save for distant memories of school trips. I popped along with a toddler, primarily to give the little one a couple of hours out of the house and space to run around.....plus it was free and fairly local. Parking is plentiful and only £3 or £4.... More

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Scunthorpe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The displays here are great and it is good that you can get so close to the aircraft. The information is concise so you don't feel like you need to spend all day reading! We spent about 3 hours there and enjoyed being able to look in the bomb bay of the Vulcan and see the remains of the Halifax... More

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Cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A great day out for any plane enthusiast, my husband & son loved it... There is lots to see and do. It is easy to find and there is plenty of parking.

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Yangon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We visited as a family on the Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend. Compared to central London attractions, there were relatively few visitors, so we were off to a good start! There is adequate parking, at a low charge, and getting here by public transport is quite straightforward. One of the exhibition halls is currently closed, as a new... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The aircraft displays are excellent. There is a very interesting short film show on the bouncing bomb. There is a very good show in the "Battle of Britain hall" showing the run up to the air battles and the battle itself. Before touring the many exhibits, it is a good idea when the various shows will be on.

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Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Amazing collection of aircraft spanning 80 years Free in and 3 pounds parking Great shop too with lovely rag leather jackets at good prices Fixed wing and helicopters Battle of Britain section too You would be mad or hate planes not to go here A credit to the raf Recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

I took the north line to visit this free entrance museum. It was amazing, the history of RAF, all kind of planes, simulators... I liked too much the WWII section, it inspired me too much and I took a sense about lifestyle in London in the 40's. I recommend to visit it if you are in London. It needs 2-3... More

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have been here a lot of times over the years and in the past I have offered my contributions. But the general maintenance in the "play" bit at the end is awful. Most of the exhibits don't work or are under repair, there are no staff to explain anything and the ones that we did find we so miserable... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Three main buildings, taking 3 hours to a full day to explore - lots of walking around the exhibits. From first flight attempts to the nuclear age... The RAF film is worth watching about the Blitz and 'Their Finest Hour'. An interactive area and flight simulators for young (and older) kids. The Bully Beef hash at the Restaurant was an... More

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Ketton, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As a former RAF pilot, I have a natural affection for this place. However, not having been for a few years, I was a little disappointed to see it looking slightly shabby and with a dated exhibition profile. It has a wonderful collection of aircraft, but they do not seem to be presented in the form of a coherent story-line... More

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