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Bawdsey Radar Museum

The Transmitter Block | Bawdsey, Suffolk IP12 3AT, Felixstowe, England
+44 7821 162879
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Ranked #6 of 16 attractions in Felixstowe
Owner description: This unique exhibition, with its interactive displays, tells the story of the "Invention that Changed the World". It reveals how scientists, engineers... more » Owner description: This unique exhibition, with its interactive displays, tells the story of the "Invention that Changed the World". It reveals how scientists, engineers and technicians came together at Bawdsey in the 1930s in total secrecy to prove that radio waves could locate aeroplanes, ships and other targets. Bawdsey became the world's first operational radar station in 1937 and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain in 1940. The display features the lives of the people who developed the technology and the radar operators, mainly women (WAAFs), whose dedication helped to bring victory in WW2. See website for opening dates and times. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Lovely drive down to Bawdsey through rural Suffolk. You can see why they chose this location back in the 30s, in the back of beyond, hidden away on a country estate. We were met by a very enthusiastic volunteer who gave a pleasant welcome and quick introduction to the site and what they are aiming to achieve. As a result... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We caught the traditional foot passenger ferry (max 12 people, £3 return) from Felixstowe Ferry and landed at Bawdsey. The Manor is a public school and is not open to the public, but in the grounds is the Radar Museum. We had a 1/4 mile walk along a small road to get there, but there is ample parking if you... More

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