“Excellent free museum with well preserved classic aircraft and much history to absorb”
This museum is a well kept secret. It is a little off the beaten track but well worth finding.
I arrived on a wet June day just after opening time. I headed for the Battle of Britain area first and was advised by a guide that the audio visual presentation was about to start, then escorted down long, dark corridors to reach it. The 13 minute show was excellent, my only criticism being that we were not encouraged to stay and view the exhibits at the end, on the grounds that another show was starting. This seemed odd as there appeared to be plenty of time left.
From there to the main entrance and a fascinating display of old and new, from the very first days of aviation through to the present day and into the future. A Eurofighter Typhoon almost rubs shoulders with a WW2 Mosquito, and a Harrier brings up the rear. There are many other historic aircraft.
The Bomber Hall contains, among others, a Lancaster and Vulcan, the Vulcan displayed with full bomb load.
The final hall contains many classic aircraft including a number of helicopters, and my favourite, a Lightning fighter.
Good restaurant and shop, and above it all, the museum's own art gallery - sadly empty during my visit.
Great value (free, you pay for car parking only, £3.50 for more than 3 hours) and a fascinating place to visit. I will certainly return and wish I had been years ago.
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