Bentley Priory Museum
Bentley Priory Museum
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Bentley Priory Museum, previously RAF Headquarters Fighter Command, is a site of national historical importance and from where the Battle of Britain was won. We are a small private charitable trust ensuring that the legacy of 'The One, The Few and The Many' is not lost; but appreciated, celebrated and commemorated for many years to come. Throughout the year we welcome individuals, groups, schools and corporate organisations to come and explore the splendour of this amazing Sir John Soane extended property, which has hints of Italian grandeur and where many Second World War and Cold War secrets were hidden within.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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madmalc2018
Orpington, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
A group of us 16 people visited Bentley Priory and from the beginning of our visit to the moment we left the people at the Priory were so efficient friendly but professional. On arrival we were greeted at the door and given our entrance badges by a very friendly lady who pointed out the cafe and toilets.As we had about 20 minutes before our guided tour we all decided to get a drink. Again the service here was excellent. Our guide then introduced himself to us and we began our one hour tour. Our guide was Bruce who was very informative and interesting and was quite happy to answer questions.It was so good the hour seemed to just fly by
All aspects and the history of the place and building were so good. There is also a 10 minute film the Italian gardens and a life size model of the Spitfire and Hurricane out on the green.We spent about three and a half hours there and that worked out just about right. A very good history lesson indeed. Thank you all at Bentley Priory.
Written October 17, 2021
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Sheila B
Hatfield, UK8 contributions
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May 2022
Went with a U3A group who had arranged a tea/coffee on arrival and lunch in the cafe, plus a free, group guided tour of the house. The house is impressive with a beautiful view, at the rear, from the terrace garden over towards Harrow on the Hill.

The guided tour was undertaken by a very knowledgeable gentleman, who guided us through the many roomed house and through it's history, both prior to WW2 and through to it's current place today. A very intelligent and atmospheric film was part of the tour, showing the enormous contribution of Air Marshall Dowding, head of the RAF, to the WW2 effort and the part his plans took in helping to secure victory for our forces.

The lunch, as we were lucky enough to have good weather, was taken on the cafe terrace - pre arranged , it arrived promptly by friendly staff. All the staff were friendly, there is a gift shop and the cafe also sells gifts which are displayed on a back wall. The Yorvale icecream sold there is very good and tasty.

In all, a very good day and I shall definitely recommend this place to friends and family. I shall also return again to wander slowly and browse the exhibits in the house.

They also accommodate school trips, very important, 'Lest we forget' the contribution this house and the men and women who worked there, made to ensure our country's continued freedom.
Written May 7, 2022
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mikex882
St. Albans, UK190 contributions
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Jun 2021 • Solo
Attended the tour lead by Bruce.

He explained the history of fighter control, the importance of the Polish air force, the advances in technology which enabled advances in success at the battle of Britain. He was very knowledgable, funny and helpful.

The museum is compact, so you can see everything in 2-3 hours.
Written July 11, 2021
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Adam S
London, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Gardens and view towards Harrow are gorgeous. The cafe does one of the better coffee and cake offerings. All staff are keen, welcoming and knowledgeable. Nobody is trying to strip cash off you . The building is a very pleasant environment and the exhibits are full of interest. Everything is open but must be pre-booked because of the pandemic.

The sequencing of the exhibits could be improved with the history of the building leading to the Adelaide Room (with better exhibits and items about the Queen's life in legible form) and then onto the Battle of Britain spaces. The Rotunda should lose the "Courage" and similar exhortations in favour of the excellent stories on the wall.
Written June 2, 2021
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Bertha K
Harrow22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Beautiful well kept grounds leading to an historic building on the outskirts of London housing all the information you need to know about the Battle of Britain. Easy to get to and a must for all those interested in the Battle of Britain. The volunteer guide was engaging and very informative. The film at the start of the tour was interesting and gave a comprehensive look at the large contribution of Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding to the Battle of Britain and the success of their efforts from this beautiful building.

Thanks to the volunteers who give up their time freely to keep this part of history so alive.
The cost is under a tenner. Great value.
Written September 4, 2020
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Zach003
Denmark22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A truly great museum where you sense the presence of history, telling a very important part of the story of the battle of Britain and the people who made it possible for "the few" to win it. Staffed with people who really know their stuff and are very glad to tell you about it. Some distance from London centre but easy to reach by public transport. Be aware that it is only open some days of the week.
Written June 6, 2022
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Clare S
Ipswich, UK8 contributions
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Nov 2022
This is a beautifully set out and carefully presented museum staffed by the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers that I have come across. Covering the two lower floors of the house you are given fascinating insights into the planning and execution of the Battle o Britain and the people who carried out the work behind the scenes. Each room tells a part of the story and helps you to understand the importance of Radar in the defeat of the Nazis. In addition there is an excellent cafe with beautiful views of the Italian Gardens. We arrived just after it opened for the day and left not long before it closed and we loved every minute.
Written November 16, 2022
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Brighton9
East Sussex, UK411 contributions
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May 2021
Well worth a visit - there are only a few rooms but it's really interesting to appreciate the value of RAF systems during WW2 - essential back up for the pilots. Plenty of parking and a nice, reasonably priced, cafe as well. Staff are friendly and helpful.
Written May 26, 2021
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Mina
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Brilliant museum, reasonably priced with free parking and a lovely tea room. The exhibit rooms were great - particularly the war planning room.

The Oliver Dowding video is a good place to start to get some context on the Battle of Britain, we loved watching that and understanding more around the human aspect of the BoB.

The guides are passionate and super-knowledgable. My daughter is studying WW2 at school and our guide made sure to point out lots of interesting facts he thought might be useful to her.

We spend around 3-4h in here in total, it was very quiet both in terms of noise and number of people and so gave us a great chance to review everything in detail.

There are interactive elements throughout so 11 year old was also interested throughout. I would highly recommend.
Written September 5, 2023
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keith h
Chesham, UK1,173 contributions
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May 2022
Anyone who is able to should pay a visit to this museum in order to appreciate how close this country came to being invaded & consequently being a very different place to what it is today.
Bentley Priory was initially designed by the famous architect John Soane although alterations & additions followed. The house passed through various hands , became a hotel , a girl's school & in WW11 became HQ of Strike Command R A F.
From here information from all over the U. K. was collated in order to organize attack & defense by the R A F.
The Priory is easily found on the outskirts of Bushey with plenty of free parking on site. You will be checked at a barrier before you enter the grounds.
The staff are absolutely excellent ; very helpful & informative.
You will see the very impressive John Soane staircase as you enter a room to watch a short film featuring Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding whose single minded direction organized the defeat of the Luftwaffe in The Battle of Britain.
Watch this first before taking in the rest of the exhibits. In the Rotunda you can learn about some of the airmen who fought in WW11 along with pictures & memorabilia. Also to see is the Operations room & the Filter room where information came in all the time & was assessed.
There is a lovely Italian Garden to be walked round with far reaching views over London. Out front are a Spitfire & a Hurricane - 2 iconic fighter planes.
Downstairs there is a Cafe with a terrace. Light & airy with table service.
Cannot say my soup & roll were particularly good but this was a minor detail.
Fascinating & Educational outing.
Written June 2, 2022
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