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Review of IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Duxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: IWM Duxford tells the story of the impact of aviation on the nature of war and on people's lives. Set within Britain's best-preserved Second World War fighter station, seven impressive hangars filled with extraordinary collections and state-of-the-art exhibitions take you on an unforgettable journey through times of war and peace.
Reviewed August 6, 2014

A fantastic day out if you have any interest in aviation throughout the ages. You will need at least 4-6 hours to see the entire airfield displays.

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Reviewed August 6, 2014

We visited on 3rd Aug and found it to be an excellent day out. We are not military historians or specialists, just normal (middle aged) people who are interested in our history and fancied a day out. What a day, there is just so much to see and so much information, much of it very thought provoking especially coming up to the 100th Anniversary of WWI.
All the displays were superb. Access was available to Concorde and another passenger plane. The Air Space section took you from the early stages of flight up to present day and there was several hands on experiences for children (& adults) to partake in.
Other attractions are: Air & Sea, displaying vehicles associated with air and sea; American War Museum displaying American aviation; Historic Duxford, 1940 Operations Room which doesn't seem to have changed since 1940, and other hangers exhibiting planes and so much more. All exhibits are well marked with relevant information boards. There are also many 'phones' which you can pick up and hear people talking about their experiences etc. Video sections are also plentiful, they also have a 'signing person' on the screen for those hard of hearing.
The Land Warfare section was superb and items were displayed within a 'wartime' theme. Added with the lighting and sounds, it created a very good impression of to what those who served in the war vehicles must have gone through. Many of the vehicles were 'mud splashed' which was just as how they would have been like in their usage, there is just so much here to experience.
We were lucky enough to see some of the older planes flying too which were amazing.
There is a flight simulator too (I think it was £4). Flights are on offer, but at a cost - kiosk available for further information.
We did take a picnic and there were ample places to sit. There is a super play area for children. The site itself is large but with so much under cover I would think this attraction could be enjoyed at any time regardless of the weather.
Regarding previous comments on pricing - I think it was excellent value for money - a whole day for £17.50, compare that to a couple of hours at a 'professional football match'!
We bought the guidebook (£5), which gives further information about Duxford and the displays.
I would definitely recommend a visit, with or without children, it is a great display of our history in aviation and wartime and more. Well done & thanks to Duxford volunteers.

3  Thank SuffolkPoppy
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Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The air war museum is a fantastic day out for families and young children. There is so much to do and see you could easily spend a whole day there. I am a support worker for disabled children and so my entrance is always free as is the child's which is a nice bonus.

Thank Mgnlj2112
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

The site is huge and there is a lot to see, but with the exception of Concord, on the day we visited, all of the planes advertised and being able to look around were shut. Given the price of entry, I was disappointed. It was obvious that you could view them because the "Sorry this is Closed" signs were at the doors. The advertising blurb is a little disingenuous in this respect.

Most of the working attractions were actually informative and interesting. For my wife, Concord made her day as we were booked to fly on her from the Canaries to the UK 2 weeks after they were all grounded. Bummer. For me it was the B52 Flying Fortress in the American hall.

Restaurant is VERY expensive and the food no great shakes so take a picnic.

Thank Arcadash
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

Living near to Duxford we visit the museum several times a year and always take family there when they come to stay. This can be a wet day visit as most exhibits are now under cover and the displays are well set out with plenty of information about them. You can try and see everything in a day or just focus on one particular area for an hour or two and go back another day. The History of Flight is by the entrance and where most people start. There is some walking to do between the entrance and the Land Warfare Section at the far end of the air field but a shuttle bus is usually in operation. This is our favourite section and particularly relevant for older children and those interested in military history. It is an area not to be missed. In between there is The American Wing and several smaller displays in the original hangers and buildings. A variety of special events take place at weekends throughout the year including air shows and these are usually well advertised. We find it is worth arriving early and avoid the cafe at peak times. Ideally take your own food and drinks. It is warm inside the buildings but outside as you go between the different sections it can be windy and cold. The queue to get in can be a bit off-putting but it is an active airfield and covers a huge area so once inside it is rarely that crowded. If you are likely to visit a couple of times a year it is worth considering becoming a "Friend of Duxford" as it could be cheaper and you avoid the entrance queue.

Thank gillkaribu
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