We had planned on spending about 30 mins here on the way out of London but in the end spent nearly two hours looking around this fantastic museum.
Not the easiest place to find - follow the brown signs from the B483, wend through a new build housing estate and turn past a large white house until you see signs for RAF Uxbridge through the trees. Free parking leads you to two beautiful gate guardians - suitably a Spitfire and Hurricane and then down into the bunker itself.
Admission is free although there is a £3 suggested donation. Access is down two long steep flights of stairs - unfortunately as a grade 1 listed building they apparently arent able to install a lift. Facilities are limited - there are toilets but no refreshments or gift shop.
The museum itself consists of the original WW2 operations control room where the Battle of Britain was directed from, several rooms of original memorabilia, documents, uniforms, medals and a multitude of paintings, drawings and pictures of the men and women who fought nearly 75 years ago.
The truely amazing thing here is to see original artifacts in the very place they were used - the plotting table and the state of readiness board of all Fighter Command 11 Group squadrons - all are exactly as they were in the room that saw visits from such luminaries as Churchill, Eisenhower, George VI and the late Queen Mother. How often do you get to say that!
Currently weekday visits are by appointment only and whilst the website currently indicates it is open every weekend, the guides told us that in practice it is only possible at the moment to open the first weekend of each month, so definitely phone or email to confirm opening times if you can.
This place really is a hidden gem of WW2 history that really should be better known and open to the public more but is a definite recommendation for those interested in history.
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