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“A gem!”

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Manston
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We happened upon this little memorial museum by accident and were surprised to find that there is no charge to get in. Run by enthusiasts the thinking is that it is much better to have many people passing through than to have folk deterred by an entrance charge. Revenue is gathered by way of voluntary donations and profit from the nicely stocked souvenir shop and also from the excellent cafe on site.
There are many interesting exhibits including a complete Spitfire and Hurricane and there are also many authentic artefacts including RAF wartime uniforms; flying jackets; Merlin engines and many documents such as ration books as well as photographs and press cuttings. Everything is indoors and informally presented and there is a feast of information to be gained. Above all, we were touched by profiles and photographs of pilots who lost their lives very soon after gaining their wings and the fact that this is a memorial exhibition means that the items on display provide a fitting way for the realities of war and the vast number of lives lost to be remembered. It is an ideal attraction for individuals and families of all ages. Light meals; breakfasts and great desserts including apple pie; sticky toffee pudding and rhubarb crumble are served with a choice of cream or custard. The cafe is housed in an attractive conservatory overlooking the airfield so eating there is an extension of an already super experience. We thoroughly recommend this excellent attraction.

1  Thank JaneandMike17
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Its only two rooms but packed full of lots of info... planes aren't my thing but they are my husbands so we thought we would give it ago.

we really enjoyed it...
Not bad a for a freebie atall..the cafe served a variety of lovely foods would definitely recommend!!!!

1  Thank MrsMuzza
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We travelled here from Ashford specifically to see this museum. It turned out to be quite a drive for not too much to see or enjoy. It is small and seems to be more of a souvenir shop then an actual museum. Folks that worked there were lovely but just not enough for a special trip. If you were going to be in the area anyway it would probably appeal more.

1  Thank spitfirebuff
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

We went en famille - including a 70-year old and his 4 year old grandson and we couldn't have enjoyed it more. A great part of the enjoyment can be put down to the two elderly guides who were a mine of information, sometimes based on personal experience, and were endlessly helpful - even demonstrating a toy Spitfire from the shop to the little boy. Even if you're not that keen on aeroplanes, it is a humbling experience to be so close to a Spitfire - such an iconic machine to which we owe so much. And there's a wealth of fascinating information and documents which throw light on the heroism of the pilots and the privations endured by civilians during the Second World War. An added bonus in early December is the shop - full of very reasonably priced quirky items just crying out to be put in someone's stocking at Christmas. Thoroughly recommended. We spent nearly 2 hours there - it might have been longer if the road signs had been clearer! It's free, but well worth the most generous donation you can afford.

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not a plane buff and no aire force connection, but visited as part of a party. Did not look big but was full of everything and two planes. Most of the collection was from families associated with the air force during the last war. Some of the letters etc., were vey hear sad, but these were also offset with some very amusing memories. Disable friendly throughout. If you take in everything you will need longer than a hour or so. Staff were also friendly and curtious. Good for all ages although younger children who may not want to read everything, may get bored after a time as it is a place for memories.

1  Thank ritad211
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