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“Need strong legs for the guided tour.”

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Coningsby
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Oxford
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Need strong legs for the guided tour.”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is not a museum, but a hangar attached to a working RAF base, where the Memorial Flight is housed and serviced. Visitors are free to wander round an adjacent display area giving historical information and a gift shop with a comprehensive selection of gifts & books (No cafe, just a couple of vending machines). However, to see the collection itself you must be accompanied by a guide and do the hangar tour, for which there is a small charge. Tours go off at about half hour intervals and it's the luck of the draw as to whether you are in a small or large group. Our guide was excellent and informative. At one end of the hangar we saw a Dakota, with a Lancaster as the climax of the visit at the far end. In between was a Hurricane and a selection of Spitfires, showing how the design developed over time. The tour takes you down one roped off side of the hangar as some of the planes were being worked on. At my age standing for long periods can get painful and that was the only downside to the visit. There were a couple of chairs at very spaced out intervals but basically you have to stand for quite a time as the guide discusses the technical specs and the interesting history of each aircraft. Great to see that the memory of those who gave their lives, and the ingenuity of our engineers and scientists, is being commemorated by the preservation of these planes in working order.

Visited September 2012
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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“Superb Informative Staff”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is a fantastic little Visitor Centre stuck on the end of RAF Coningsby. Entrance is free but a small charge is made for a guided tour of the hangar (recommended). Our Guide was an ex RAF Pilot and made the experience very entertaining and informative. There is ample free parking and a coffee machine and a well stocked gift shop. There is usually activity beside the hangar with Chipmunks training future BBMF pilots milling about. You can also view the Typhoons from the fence beside the car park or continue along the road to the end of the runway for spectacular views of Typhoons taking off and landing.

Visited July 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Well worth a visit. Good value. Excellent guided Tour very interesting guide. Excellent facilities & shop. Allow at least 2 hours for visit, it may take longer.

Visited September 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“A fabulous way to spend an afternoon”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

We started off wanting to visit nearby Tattershall Castle but stupidly didn't check the opening times so were left standing outside it wondering where to go. The National Trust guidebook suggested visiting the nearby Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and are we glad we did.

Free easy parking, cheap to get in, £16 for two adults and teenager and off you go, transported back a few years to the heyday of the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

We were treated to a most informative tour guide who passed on his knowledge with great enthusiasm and humour, at one point breaking off the tour in the hanger to take us outside to watch the Lancaster take off for an air show in Bournemouth, which was an unexpected treat, privilege and bonus. We were fascinated.

At the end of the tour is the opportunity to browse the shop and some other exhibits, which taken all together made for one of the most enjoyable afternoons we've had for ages.

Very highly recommended

Visited August 2012
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West Midlands
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Battle of Britain memorial flight - RAF Conningsby”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

No where else in the world can you see 6 Supermarine Spitfire, a Hawker Hurricane, an Avro Lancaster (The only flying example in Europe) and a DC3 Dakota all in one place. This is an operation unit and availability is based upon operation requirements of the Flight. CHECK BEFORE YOU GO that a) It is open and B) The aircraft are in residence as they may well be away on displays and visits especially in the summer months. Hangar tours and a fine shop for souvenirs.

Visited March 2012
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