Royal Air Force Museum London

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Royal Air Force Museum London

Royal Air Force Museum London
4.5
Military Museums • Science Museums • Children's Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Royal Air Force Museum London is a national museum that celebrates and commemorates the story of the Royal Air Force. We have now reopened to visitors. We are open daily from 10:00am and admission is free. Get ready for take-off and pre-book your free timed entry now by visiting our website, rafmuseum.org. Explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its role today and imagine its future contribution and technology. Discover our multi award-winning First World War in the Air Galleries, Historic Hangars and our Bomber Command Hall – offering a great day out to all our visitors. Our calendar of events, lectures and temporary exhibitions throughout the year enable visitors to engage further with the RAF Story. Our staff and volunteers are here to help you have a great time. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Rugbynugget
Nottingham, UK286 contributions
This museum is amazing. Lets start from basics. You can book online, and its free! You do have to pay for parking which you can do beforehand. Theres lots of extras like Red Arrows experience you can also buy beforehand. On arrival you are met by friendly staff who direct you where to go. Once inside there is alot to see, many exhibits in a few hangars and very informative. There is a large gift shop on site. Id recommend taking your own food and drink as the cafe was very expensive and the service was slow. There are plenty of benches outside to sit. Id like to say a big thank you to staff as I wanted to do the Spitfire experience, where you get a private guided tour of a Spitfire and get to sit in it. On the day I visited they werent doing tours, but the staff put one on just for me. A lifelong ambition fulfilled so thanks. Well worth the visit!
Written July 24, 2021
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Poloman60
Bedford, UK13 contributions
The "virtual" flight in a Typhoon fighter was amazing! But the whole museum is frankly, amazing.

There is so much to look at, so many exhibits and so much information to digest, that I recommend you plan for more than one visit. We took our 9 year-old grandsons for a birthday 'treat' and they loved it. They were just the right age to be entertained by what was on show, but also be wanting to ask lots of questions.

There are a great many interactive exhibits which they thoroughly enjoyed, and any parents or grandparents with similar type of intended visits, should make sure you give yourselves plenty of time.

The staff are amazing! Very friendly, very knowledgeable and very helpful. This greatly enhances ones experience on the day.

The Museum does not charge for entry, only for the 'additional experiences'. If you do visit, please give a 'fair' donation based on the numbers in your group. This will ensure that the Museum continues to both exist and thrive.
Written December 17, 2021
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Dr Stephen
Ashbourne, UK2,782 contributions
My wife and I booked (FREE) advance tickets to visit the RAF Museum in Hendon on 31 May 2021. Parking is chargeable at £5 for up to 3 hours, and £7 for more than 3 hours. No need to book this in advance - just swipe a credit card on a machine before you depart (it was easy, and hassle free).

If you love aircraft, this is a WONDERFUL museum, with six halls filled with aircraft old and new. You'll see pretty much EVERYTHING you hoped to see from the mighty Avro Vulcan and Short Sunderland to the smaller Spitfire and (Red Arrows) Gnat. There are great presentations of historical events such as The Dambusters raid on the Ruhr dams.

We followed the exhibition halls numerically, starting at "1", continuing to 2, then the combined 3/4/5 and finishing in the new/modern hall 6 which contains the Harrier, Jaguar and Eurofighter Typhoon.

Go early, as with fewer crowds, you can get better photographs of the exhibits.
Written June 8, 2021
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PhilthetravellerXI
Avoca Beach, Australia861 contributions
This is a hidden treasure in London just out of the northern outskirts and well worth a visit if you have interest in aviation and/or the world wars. It occupies a large area and multiple building sites at what was presumably the old Hendon airbase. There are great audiovisual displays, collections of original airplanes some going back to the origins of air travel in the early 1900s and of course the famed British planes from both wars - Sopwith Camel, Spitfires and Hurricanes and a retired Sunderland Flying Boat in a large hangar - you can board this and wander through the plane itself, much fun. Great photo opportunities. There are very good displays of what the RAF does nowadays and it’ recent tasks plus a very good display of famed characters from air history and the modern airforce. We spent 2 hours and barely touched the whole experience worth a return visit. As expected there is a nice little shop, excellent washroom facilities. There is a huge parking area which costs a modest amount but access to the museum is free.
Written May 16, 2022
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Stephen W
Braintree, UK21 contributions
Family
This museum is a fitting tribute and honour to the nations beloved Air Force and everything associated with it.
It is hard not to compare this to other museums especially Duxford but after an hour here you realise its more than just a museum.
Firstly I would recommend this over Duxford to take the kids for a day out to begin with, if it sparks an interest then take them to the bigger site to explore more on aviation.
The site is split into separate hangars H1 to H6 and each has its own story to tell. H1 is the starting point and showcases everything about the RAF and engages minds from young and old to interact and engage in various tasks and hands on experiences. Having an 8 year old boy we spent a great deal of time in this one area.
Once you are engaged you can then stop for a coffee or snacks and let the kids climb aboard the huge Sunderland boat plane in the main hangar. From here the rest of the museum is how you plan it.
I suggest visiting the hangars in numerical order as they follow the RAF from inception right up to the modern day exhibits in H6.
H2 is a highlight of the museum for those that love history and is a throwback to the old aircraft factory that once built them here back in the early years.
H3, H4 & H5 are all under one huge building and house pretty much an example of every type of aircraft flown by the RAF with a few additions from the USA and Luftwaffe to showcase WW2.
My only downside to this museum is the placing of the aircraft could be thought out better and maybe the inclusion of raised vantage points to see some of the larger aircraft in all their glory and sheer size. For one the Vulcan bomber was stuck in a corner. Also H6 could probably do with some planning.
Overall I thoroughly recommend this. It's free to enter but you have to pay car parking charge. £6 for 3-6 hours which is more than enough time and cheaper than other similar exhibits around the country.
Written March 15, 2020
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Frank T
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The aircraft were fantastic the display well presented. The day was let down by the exorbitant price of food in the restaurant, 10-50 for a burger, £4-50 for a sandwich £14-50 for fish and chips. So a good day out but make sure you take your own food.
Written February 15, 2022
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Chris M
234 contributions
Family
This is a great aircraft museum with aircraft, generally, well presented in well maintained hangers.

For kids there's a large play area and some hands on exhibits although these are predominantly computer based.

Nothing the entrance fee, or lack of its a bit harsh to criticise but... A number of the exhibits of smaller items were frustrating as you had to locate a number or a shadow to find the description of it which seemed unnecessary.
Written October 29, 2021
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ivan k
Twickenham, UK15 contributions
We (adult + 2x13yo boys) had had a great time at the RAF museum (25/6/22).

I can HIGHLY recommend the on-site restaurant - we had the burgers and they were grand. Very pleased. Juicy. Fresh. Wonderful. The chips were also proper. Well done guys. Restaurant staff were brilliant and friendly - what a lovely place.
Written June 30, 2022
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Michael C
Stamford, UK58 contributions
I’ve been to Duxford a number of times, and more recently to Cosford, but never to Hendon - until yesterday. It is exceptionally good, having a tremendous variety of aircraft in well laid out displays. I was delighted to that find my father’s WWII unit, 1409 (Met) Flight, got a special mention amongst the information about Pathfinder operations, and to see the De Havilland Mosquito on show. I had pre-booked a sit in the Spitfire cockpit, which was made very enjoyable by the extensive knowledge of the young guide. The 4D cinema show of a B17 raid was very immersive and moving - literally ! However, the highlight was the virtual reality Dambusters experience, which is quite extraordinarily realistic. Although these 3 items have to be paid for, they are well worth the money, and I highly recommend them.
Written January 21, 2020
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rainbowbirko87
Nottinghamshire, UK556 contributions
Family
We booked online this morning and were there by 12:30pm. We paid the £4.50 fee for the parking online too which was easy and painless.
My partner visited the museum about 18months a go and raved about it so it was an easy decision for us all to visit while we were in the area.
I was thoroughly impressed with our whole visit. The exhibits and displays were excellent, with just the right amount of information (I’m not the one into aviation). There was still a good amount of interactive displays even with the current climate. I was really pleased to see how regularly things were being wiped down and cleaned. The one way system was clear and I thought the number of volunteers and staff around all of the hangers and buildings was excellent.

The restaurant had a good choice of take out foods and the children’s play park was adorable with all the downsized versions of buildings and planes etc. The gift shop was really lovely too with so many great choices. A great day out from start to finish.... and FREE it’s just brilliant!
Written August 27, 2020
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