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“Probably good if your in the area” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield, Manston Road | The Airfield, Manston CT12 5DF, England
01843 821940
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Manston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Probably good if your in the area”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We travelled here from Ashford specifically to see this museum. It turned out to be quite a drive for not too much to see or enjoy. It is small and seems to be more of a souvenir shop then an actual museum. Folks that worked there were lovely but just not enough for a special trip. If you were going to be in the area anyway it would probably appeal more.

Visited September 2013
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Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland
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“An experience for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We went en famille - including a 70-year old and his 4 year old grandson and we couldn't have enjoyed it more. A great part of the enjoyment can be put down to the two elderly guides who were a mine of information, sometimes based on personal experience, and were endlessly helpful - even demonstrating a toy Spitfire from the shop to the little boy. Even if you're not that keen on aeroplanes, it is a humbling experience to be so close to a Spitfire - such an iconic machine to which we owe so much. And there's a wealth of fascinating information and documents which throw light on the heroism of the pilots and the privations endured by civilians during the Second World War. An added bonus in early December is the shop - full of very reasonably priced quirky items just crying out to be put in someone's stocking at Christmas. Thoroughly recommended. We spent nearly 2 hours there - it might have been longer if the road signs had been clearer! It's free, but well worth the most generous donation you can afford.

Visited December 2013
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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“Moving and entertaining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not a plane buff and no aire force connection, but visited as part of a party. Did not look big but was full of everything and two planes. Most of the collection was from families associated with the air force during the last war. Some of the letters etc., were vey hear sad, but these were also offset with some very amusing memories. Disable friendly throughout. If you take in everything you will need longer than a hour or so. Staff were also friendly and curtious. Good for all ages although younger children who may not want to read everything, may get bored after a time as it is a place for memories.

Visited November 2013
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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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“Delightful visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

My wife puts up with my aircraft obsession but even she found this interesting. A Spitfire in one hall and a Hurricane in the other, both surrounded by memorabilia from that time in history. From the day to day stuff to aircraft specific. You could spend some time in there. There is a pleasant little cafe around the back with an incredible list of items on the menu. The cafe overlooks the airport and the RAF Manston History Museum which is next door. No charge for the Memorial but donations accepted.

Visited October 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Another little gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Two halls each with its own aircraft surrounded by cabinets full of documents from the pilots and the sorties they flew. Both planes are in excellent condition and there are lots of photos of these fighters doing their stuff over the surrounding countryside where they were instrumental in holding back the invaders. Many of the side exhibits are truly heartbreaking as most of the pilots were very young and the letters to their families bring back the horror of war and the tragic loss so many families suffered. Free to enter but you should leave a generous donation towards the upkeep of this great little museum and the volunteers who man it. Easy to find and with good parking close by.

Visited October 2013
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