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Bentley Priory Museum
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Stanmore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bentley Priory Museum, previously RAF Headquarters Fighter Command, is a site of national historical importance and from where the Battle of Britain was won. We are a small private charitable trust ensuring that the legacy of 'The One, The Few and The Many' is not lost; but appreciated, celebrated and commemorated for many years to come. Throughout the year we welcome individuals, groups, schools and corporate organisations to come and explore the splendour of this amazing Sir John Soane extended property, which has hints of Italian grandeur and where many Second World War and Cold War secrets were hidden within.
Stanmore, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

I visited this newly-opened museum recently and found it gave fascinating insights into those historic days of the Battle of Britain.
In particular I was drawn to the very personal displays of memorabilia, letters and photographs relating to individual pilots and other personnel which gave a real insight into their lives. The operations room is also not to be missed.
There is still a great deal of potential to expand and improve the exhibits as the museum beds in, but for anyone with an interest in the Battle of Britain this is not to be missed, and adds an extra dimension to the excellent RAF Hendon museum.

Visited February 2014
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Alcester, United Kingdom
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382 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“An excellent museum.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

I visited on a coach trip organised by the local branch of the British Legion so we had a guided tour by the excellent curator, as well as an excellent video presentation. The building itself is worth a visit, as are the gardens. Some of the exhibits cover the history of the building between 1760 when it was built and 1026 when it was acquired by the fairly new RAF.
This was the HQ of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, and also for D-Day.
Those exhibits remind us of how much we owe the gallant pilots as well as the controllers, ground crew etc.
Most of the property has now been developed into extremely expensive housing and the developers paid a large part of the cost of the museum (section 106).

Visited May 2014
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Harrow, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem still in infancy as a museum but still loads to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

Reached by entering a high class housing estate (ask the security guard to let you through). Check website for opening hours.
The staff were very knowledgeable (thank you I now actually understand something about how radar works).
Don't miss the beautiful stained glass windows or massive lace panel commemorating the Battle of Britain.

The exhibits are extremely interesting whether WWII or architecture are your "thing".
Still very new and lots of things which are to be developed. This however did not detract from the experience.
The mess only has basic drinks and crisps etc at time of review but was pleasant and a lovely view onto the gardens
Looking forward to returning and seeing how it changes too.

Visited May 2014
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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325 reviews
207 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
“Give yourself time to read the material”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is a new museum with some fantastic exhibits. The building has been renovated to a very high standard, the rotunda is incredible to wander around. It's a pity the museum is not open more often but it is run by volunteers. The staff are very friendly and helpful, we were particularly impressed with Sharon who shared loads of interesting information with us.

Visited April 2014
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Stanmore, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Beautiful Building Full of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

In amazing grounds with ample parking sits this amazing building and museum. The Battle of Britain was controlled from the Mansion House in WW2 and many other RAF missions.

Thank Dale M
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