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“Great day out - will return.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Air Force Museum

Royal Air Force Museum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Shifnal
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Chester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great day out - will return.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

My partner took us here on the way back from a holiday - as he had been brought here by his father as a child. The place is easy to find if you travel along either the M54 or the A41. My partner was more than delighted with the changes he found, and I, as a novice, with no previous interest in airplanes or the RAF was totally impressed too. This is definitely worth a visit, even if you don't think planes are of interest to you.
It is Free entry, with a pay & display car park. However, we ended up spending about £40 overall. The reason: we didn't bring a packed lunch due to lack of planning, and the museum shop was so good we just couldn't resist ! Incidently, though the restaurant was a little bit expensive, we did eat some very good sandwiches. The shop was amazing - one of the best souvenir shops I have ever been forced to go through on exit from an attraction. You might want to plan to bring some money if you like doing a bit of pre-Christmas/birthday present shopping.
As for the museum - we couldn't get the best from it due to having young kids in trail. There is a lot of information on the walls and on signs, which is most likely really interesting, but we just couldn't devote the time to, which is a shame. I picked up, in passing, a story about a female Test Pilot of the 1950's which sounded amazing. That is why I would like to return again in the future. However, this frustration is more than made up for by the planes themselves. You get to walk through hangar after hangar filled with them and such a variety too. They are beautiful things.
In the first hangar, there is also a hands-on science bit which kids love - where they jet to poke ping pong balls through holes and watch them fly up and float, or they can use handles to simulate operating a hovering helicopter.
You get to see test planes, war planes, bombers - and stand right beneath the hatch where a nuclear bomb was held, passenger jets and helicopters and lots more. Wish there'd been more planes you could climb into and see the inside of, but there you go.

Visited February 2013
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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“Planes galore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We have visited Cosford a few times, and it never fails to entertain our kids. Loads to see and play with. Some open spaces to run around and exhibits and info that really capture he kids ( and my attention). This year they have added a 4D simulator which my son and I really enjoyed. To top it all it is free to get in part from parking.
The restaurant is loads better as well than previously and offers a kids meal for £3.20 which is really good to see as so many places rip you off for food.
The only request I would have is please can there be more planes to go inside like the hercules it. Would be perfect

Visited March 2013
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Alveley, United Kingdom
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“Something for everyone”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

We have visited here on a couple of occasions. Entry to the museum itself is free but you have to pay to park. This is very reasonably priced at £2.50 for up to 3 hours or £3.50 for up to 8 hours. The museum has a couple of cafe type places to stop and have a drink or something to eat as well as a shop selling souvenirs. There are a few larger exhibits outside the main hangers but the majority of exhibits are indoors, making it a great day out in any weather. All the exhibits have explanations and are well laid out providing a really informative experience. Overall this is a great place to visit whether you have an interest in planes or not and is definitely recommended.

Visited February 2013
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Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
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“Husbands Birthday Day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We decided to go to Cosford Air Museum in Shifnal as a cheap and interesting day out. We have been before several times. Each time we go there is always something new so it was nice to visit again. There are 3 large halls filled with iconic aircrafts and engines and war memorabilia from the RAF Second World War up to Modern day warfare.
The hangars are huge and has a fabulous range of aircrafts, Spitfires, Junkers,Victor, CometI, Dakota, Vulcan, Lincoln Bomber, Harriers, Japanese air crafts, Tanks and Missiles, Helicopters and Engines of Concorde built by Rolls Royce, Orpheus and De haviland.. There is a small art gallery consisting of aircraft and an exhibition on model aircrafts and model cars from the second world war. It has a vast exhibition to interest all ages and plenty of history to read and digest.
We went in the school holiday week it was bitter cold and the museum was warm and welcoming nice size canteen ample parking, nice selection of books and toys for children. Entrance to the museum is free of charge and largely based on generous donations from the general public for its upkeep. A brilliant day out full of history and learning. There are also Airfix modelling classes for the school holidays where tables wwere arranged for children and adults to buy a kit and assemble with some professional model makers assisting.

We had tea and muffins and lunch in the Costas coffee shop simple and very reasonable priced lunches. The staff were a bit overwhelmed with the amount of customers on a Wednesday maybe they needed extra staff on during school holidays. Quite a long wait to get served.

We had a brilliant day and would definitely recommend this museum to families and historians and lovers of aircrafts.

Visited February 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

I'm a big kid, but oh boy was I giddy. Had never been to Cosford and haven't I missed out! Half term in February maybe an odd time to visit but it was awesome! Interesting and mind blowing in one fantastic hit. Aircraft astound me and I wasn't disappointed and I doubt anyone else would be. It's free, it's fab, ill be back!

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