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“A Priceless Gem”

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Manston
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Huddersfield
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A Priceless Gem”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

While on a coach tour we called at this Museum. No entry charge This small museum is crammed with a Spitfire, a Hurricane and hundreds of WWll artefacts and exhibits including Ration Books, Gasmasks, Letters from Airmen, Uniforms, Armoury and Weapons and much more.
It is the past re-lived. There is also the Memorial Gardens and the sight of planes using the airport next door.
There is also a good cafe and gift shop, opportunities to give a donation and is well worth a visit for anyone,

Visited March 2014
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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675 reviews
390 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“Lest we forget.”
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

I was on holiday from Fife and had seen many of the more famous tourist attractions in Kent like Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral yet this will live just as long in the memory.It is a very small museum and,incredibly,free.Yet it takes a good while to really immerse yourself in the exhibits whether it be RAF uniforms,letters of the period,medals,Barnes Wallis' bouncing bomb.The Spitfire and Hurricane are outstanding and it brought back memories of a similar museum in Malta.I will return.The Second World War is fast becoming History but this must be a fabulous learning experience for schools.We must never forget we owe our freedom to the Few.

Visited February 2014
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Thank John L
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Thankyou for your bravery”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

What a lovely museum. It's free so it will only cost you a donation to see it all, I have visited many times. The two aircraft are in fabulous condition and, along with the very many other artifacts and a beautiful tapestry on display, make a really great and touching experience. The gift shop has some very nice bits and bobs but the most heart touching things were the items of a personal nature that tell a wonderful story. I had two Uncles killed in WW2 and to all who served in whatever service I say a massive THANK YOU SO MUCH. Opposite the Memorial museum is the RAF Manston museum; also a great place to visit and with a very low entrance fee and RAF Manston was a major player in the Battle of Britain. Oh ! Please leave a good donation at the memorial museum as they run soley on donations and volunteers.

Visited September 2013
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Well presented and a nice little stop off”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

A small museum on the way out of Margate towards the M2, We stopped here to prolong our holiday a bit before heading back into Essex.

The museum is full of well presented displays with lots of local links which makes the contribution of the people of Kent during WW1 and 2 come to life. Good to see the inclusion of some German memorabilia to give a rounded approach.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Sarah L
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great for a hearty breakfast before visiting the museum”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Go hungry, fill up on their hearty full English breakfast in the cafe and then enjoy all that this great little FREE museum has to offer.

Visited November 2013
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