Kent Battle of Britain Museum

Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge

Kent Battle of Britain Museum

Kent Battle of Britain Museum
4.5
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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Travel820247
15 contributions
An amazing visit.
Jul 2021
A truly excellent visit. This was our first time visiting and will return. It is run by exceptional volunteers all very informative and couldn’t be more helpful.
There is just so much to see here and to read about and such good displays.
Lovely outdoor sitting area and cafe. The whole area is very clean and well organised and outside extremely tidy which all added to our visit.
I do hope they will be able to negotiate and gain the wild neglected land adjacent to them so they can expand and make this place a more amazing tribute to our past.
Written July 23, 2021
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Mark C
2 contributions
A Fantastic Museum
Jul 2021
I visited the museum for the first time with a friend who'd been before and had recommended it. What a really great experience not only in seeing the exhibits but also in talking to the many museum volunteers who generously gave their time and expert views on, not just the items, but also the history of the museum, the artefacts that they had personally been involved in retrieving from their long-buried locations around the Kent countryside, and also of the Battle of Britain itself and many of the key characters who played an enormous part in its history. A fantastic day out, and one i'll be repeating again.
Written July 22, 2021
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fruitfibre
Folkestone, UK23 contributions
Breathtaking
May 2021
This museum is extremely moving; justice to valiant acts of many. Amazing scenery across the cliffs.
Written July 20, 2021
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Matt R
1 contribution
Superb
Jul 2021
This is my third visit to the museum, the first being in 1998. It brings together the story of one of the most significant events in the history of our island and most importantly the men and women who sacrificed their lives on both the British and German sides.

I particularly would like to thank Richard who has been associated with the museum for a vast part of his life, he brought together the back stories of the individuals who line the walls and exhibits of the museum with great dedication and passion.

It was an excellent experience and we will be coming back very soon.
Written July 13, 2021
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David H
West Sussex, UK59 contributions
Reflective
Jul 2021
As someone interested in the RAF and therefore the Battle of Britain Hawkinge had been on the list of places to visit for some time. The place is run by enthusiasts and crammed with aircraft, vehicles and kit of all descriptions. You need to allocate two or three hours to go round all the buildings and there is a lot to see.
There is a lot of bent metal there as the enthusiasts include those who dig up crashed aircraft but the bent metal – which is not in itself very interesting - is lifted by the detailed research done into the pilots and crew of the aircraft most of who died. Many of the stories are tragic and bring home the effects of war on the very young individuals thrown into battle with insufficient training.
There are rows of paintings, probably more than I have seen in other museums, but most are hung high up so the site would benefit from another building to display the collection properly. But the site is surrounded by housing so that’s unlikely to happen.
Go and see it but you’ll come away very sober and reflective on the costs of war.
Would I go back? Probably not.
Written July 8, 2021
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mark_davie_2000
Watford, UK302 contributions
Not to be missed!
Aug 2020
Most moving was the V2 "flying bomb" that the Nazis used in 1943 on London. The terror of the London inhabitants when they first started to drop was relayed first hand to me by my parents.
The entire museum was amazing and could do well with at least twice the space they have now.
Written July 8, 2021
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Cas123England
East Sussex, UK52 contributions
AN AMAZING MUSEUM !
Jun 2021
This wonderful is well worth a visit and is only about ten minutes out of Folkestone.
The hangars are jam-packed with memoribilia - aircraft parts, clothing, letters from airmen and their families, plus outside aircraft as well. Coupled with a super little cafe selling great food and drink, a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Written June 30, 2021
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Flameout
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates146 contributions
5 hrs wasn’t long enough!
Jun 2021 • Solo
Finally got to visit this museum that I’ve been wanting to visit for many years and it was definitely worth it!
Don’t go expecting to see loads of aircraft, it’s not about that. It is an incredible exhibition artefacts from the Battle of Britain and many relics from crash sites that have been excavated over the years. The items on display all have incredibly detailed information as to which aircraft they were from, when and how it was shot down what happened to the pilot etc.
It’s an amazing tribute to the gallant ‘Few’. If your interested in the Battle of Britain this museum has got to be on your bucket list!
Written June 16, 2021
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Chris B
Southampton, UK1 contribution
Not just another WW2 museum
May 2021
Brilliant day out. On arrival, we went straight in for the full breakfast.....excellent and such good value, they are not ripping anyone off here. All staff were extremely helpful and delighted to either cook breakfast or answer questions. Early on I asked a question regards their He111, the gent couldn’t answer it, amazingly as I arrived at the exhibit, Anthony, who has dedicated so much of his own time to this project was there waiting....and we had such an informative chat. Yes, there is lots of wreckage, but the research done by the team is astonishing. The personal exhibits, and stories are all so well documented, it pays homage to the brave men on both sides of this amazing story. All the staff here are volunteers, and have made this a memorable experience, it’s just not just about looking at a pristine Spitfire in a museum, the remarkable displays of torn up, bent wrecked aircraft really brings home the sacrifice of the few.
Please try and make a trip here, it’s truly a unique experience.
Written June 4, 2021
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Jamie
Maidstone, UK8 contributions
Learnt some great historical facts and got some cool outside photos to remember the visit
May 2021 • Friends
We really enjoyed looking around Hawkinge museum with Neil who works there , who was such a lovely tour guide.
You cant take photos of the lovely collection of planes inside hangar , but Neil was so kean to take any photos of your group with the planes outside and answer all your history questions about the aircrafts involvement in which movie it was .Neil makes it such a fun visit for anyone with his humour ,knowledge and fantastic people skills.So much cool history to learn about here at Hawkinge and a cool shop and cafe too.
Written May 31, 2021
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