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The RAF Manston History Museum

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Address: Manston Road, Manston CT12 5DF, England
Phone Number: +44 1843 825224

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it was very informative place with old planes spitfires,old costumes,books,things that belonged to people that was in the raf.there was a coffee shop,also a shop where you could... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was very informative place with old planes spitfires,old costumes,books,things that belonged to people that was in the raf.there was a coffee shop,also a shop where you could by things it is well worth going round

Thank gruntfootuck
Northwich, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum shares a site with The Hurricane and Spitfire Museum. We thought the Hurricane museum would be more interesting so visited there first in case we ran out of steam but in fact there is plenty in here to see and enjoy. Whilst the Hurricane museum is free and relies on donations, there is an entry fee for this... More 

Thank Anne W
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Arranged to hand over a tin of 100 negatives of photos taken by my late father in Rhodesia ww2 Raf Air training cmd. This was my first visit here but had been several times to the memorial museum adjacent on same site.. Very impressive and a lot of hard work put in by volunteers. Wonderful display of many old aircraft,... More 

Thank Kenneth A
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

This RAF museum is a real delight tucked away up at Thanet. Took my grandson and we enjoyed this so much. Lots to see. If you like planes go and check it out. Small cafe on site as well.

Thank Hermes0
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

As I'm doing a history project in my English lessons at school,I thought that this attraction might be worth a visit. The admission was great value for money and there is plenty of air-crafts to see and inspire you. This attraction is split into two halls and there is a shop that sells greeting cards/retro style postcards,Airfix kits and models... More 

Thank emmalouiseh01
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Happened to be passing and popped in. At £2 for an adult ticket it was great value. Lots of interesting exhibits tracing the history of Manston. Saw an old Mk3 gilder that I used to get flights in when I was an air cadet, a chipmunk to. If you are in the area and have an interest in aviation I'd... More 

Thank Frank L
Biddulph, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Lots to see , not only to show the areoplanes and equiptment but also depicting life as it was for the aircrews and also the villagers who lived through this terrible time.

Thank Sue B
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

All ages can enjoy this museum, centred round two halls, one with a Hurrican, and the other with a Spitfire as the centre pieces. Around the edges are cabinets full of interesting memorability, which you can study, glance at or skip completely. There are several items for sale, nearly all relevant in some way or other, and a most excellent... More 

Thank Original-Tinbum
N. Ireland
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

My son and I spent an hour in this great museum. My son (11) is interested in WW2 history. The museum is full of interesting artifacts. We needed to spend a Saturday morning in Kent and we were delighted to spend our time here. The staff were helpful and friendly. We also visited the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum, just across... More 

Thank Trevor_McC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Located on the site of the former WW2 airfield the spitfire museum has a small but well presented display of Battle of Britain items and more

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