Royal Air Force Museum London

Royal Air Force Museum London

Royal Air Force Museum London
4.5
Military MuseumsScience MuseumsChildren's Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Royal Air Force Museum London is a national museum that celebrates and commemorates the story of the Royal Air Force. We are open daily from 10:00am and admission is free. Get ready for take-off and pre-book your free timed entry now by visiting our website, rafmuseum.org. Explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its role today and imagine its future contribution and technology. Discover our multi award-winning First World War in the Air Galleries, Historic Hangars and our Bomber Command Hall – offering a great day out to all our visitors. Our calendar of events, lectures and temporary exhibitions throughout the year enable visitors to engage further with the RAF Story. Our staff and volunteers are here to help you have a great time. We look forward to welcoming you.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Billy H
    Blackpool, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1st Visit
    What a superb place concentrating on flight and aircraft. Some development work was going on but this did not distract or affect my visit. You can see there is room for future exhibits. I had the Spitfire experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and the information given was excellent. The cost of this was well worth it. I would definatrly go again in a few years when I expect there wil be even more to see
    Hi Billy, thank you for your review. We've passed your comments onto the team. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Spitfire Experience so much and that you thought it value for money. We look forward to welcoming you again in a couple of years - when we should have even more to show you. Best wishes, RAFM.
    Written 25 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Peta P
    Sidcup, United Kingdom515 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out.
    Amazing gem of a place. The kids loved finding out about all the different aircraft and they liked the interactive bits also. The museum is very well set out and is absolutely huge. All the staff we encountered were extremely helpful and friendly and the museum was also very clean. The car park is ample space and the playground is beautiful with so many different bits to climb in and explore. The only negative I have is the price of the food and drink. Very expensive for what you get especially the food. I would recommend this place to anyone but would say being your own food and drink supplies.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • GTSSurrey
    Bisley, United Kingdom1,053 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed.
    Great day out with loads to interest and entertain. Arrived at opening time and lest just before closing and still didn't see everything. From WW1 to present day the full history of the RAF is on show. Friendly staff were helpful and engaging when needed. My grandson is a history buff and loved every moment. Enjoyed the "horrible histories" add on too. The place is undergoing an update of the more modern building on site and looks closed, but staff directed us via another building. Perhaps a few more signs would have helped as I heard a few visitors thinking it was closed. Highly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Tiny Traveller
    Epsom, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit - with a picnic!
    The museum was amazing, even for someone who is not particularly interested in aeroplanes etc. Quite a few of the interactive games weren’t working, which was disappointing, but the real let down was that the 4D cinema wasn’t working either. I would recommend the museum wholeheartedly though.. However, the catering is a different kettle of fish! Four of us had fish and chips and the batter was burnt to a crisp on all of them. One had hardly any fish in, just batter that shattered when you put your fork in it. We also had tea and cake for 6 people which came to just under £50! - the cakes were nothing special either. So a good day out, but take your own food.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • David K
    United Kingdom511 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Royal Air Force Museum London
    On a very wet miserable day I entered the museum,I did pre book to park my car, 3 - 6 hours £9 on line (August 2023 prices) Into Hanger One I went, Where there is a gift shop and a coffee place, I quickly moved to Hanger 3, (There are Six hangers to go into) I went on the Typhon Simulator , Tip, Get on the Simulator early cos it gets very busy. It cost £5 on line (adult) Prices August 2023.Then I walked round the hanger, Plenty to see from Full size planes, Avro Lancaster, Spitfires, Stukka`s and non military planes & Helicapoters as well, and military vechiles. Also you can enter some of the planes. And as I did look out for the cardboard fiquires alongside some of the planes and it tells you about the pilot and there career.. I had something to eat (A lovely Burger) at the Hendon Kitchen, It was great. It gets very busy so beaware.. I went back into Hangers 4 & 5 to see more full size planes, I even saw the famous Bouncing Bomb created by Barnes Wallace, and to enjoy some of the interactions that tell personel stories from crew members and how different tatics worked once in battle. But my highlight was at around 2pm, I booked on line and paid £22.50 adult August 2023 prices, And sat in a MK16 Spitfire, WOW. You don`t get that long but the instructor tells you all about the Spit and how it fired it`s cannons and how to get out in a emergency,And other interesting facts about the Spitfire, It`s a bit tricky to get into it but well worth every penny. There`s not many occasions that you get near one of these let alone sit in one, So if you can, Book and enjoy. All the staff were friendly and helpful..
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Turtle5954
    Warrington, United Kingdom1,901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What took me so long?
    Fabulous. First time visit after many many years somehow missing it. Really good like its sister at Cosford. Hendon of course has the real history of the RAF, all the way back to the beginning and the RFC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Sean Ohsee
    Wellington, New Zealand44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An aircraft lover's must-see
    If you're in London, love aircraft, and have a day to spare, the RAF Museum has you covered. It's just a short walk from the Colindale station on the Northern Line which makes it easy to get to too. The exhibits are well presented and often intriguing (a sectioned Napier Sabre in particular). The gift shop includes a second hand book section which yielded a couple of treasures when I was there and may do the same for you.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Andrew R
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good, but could be great
    This museum has some fantastic, rare exhibits and presents the Royal Air Force from it’s earliest days up to the early 21st century. Projections of current and future RAF are presented too. Food was fantastic, Pizza and burgers were among the best I’ve tasted. Downside is that exhibits seem to be randomly placed and without context. There are limited interactive displays, so it’s a dull visit for a child (or any person with a short attention span). Outdoor exhibits are neglected and surrounded by ‘junk’. The historic boats are in a poor state and need at least a fresh coat of paint, or I fear will soon be scrapped unless some simple action is taken. This is history repeating itself as the RAF museum previously scrapped one of only 2 existing Blackburn Beverlies after they had neglected it and allowed it to corrode beyond repair. I suggest a small entrance fee so that museum can afford to properly conserve it’s exhibits. The RAF museum at Cosford is a much better experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Hazel W
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW a fantastic free day out for all the family
    Wow what a fantastic day out AND the museum with all it’s exhibits is free! We went today with our two grandchildren and all four of us loved it. So many fantastic planes through the ages to the present day, alongside other military paraphernalia. We also saw Horrible Histories (this costs £25.00 per family) which added to the day. Staff were welcoming & helpful. Cafe is well stocked - seating inside and out. Allow plenty of time to see the museum, we toured some of the hangers, then saw Horrible Histories and then visited further hangers.
    Hi Hazel, thank you for your review and letting us know that you and your family enjoyed visiting the Museum and Horrible Histories: Up in the Air Adventure. We have passed your comments onto the team. All the best, RAFM.
    Written 25 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Tali L
    Minehead, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect
    Perfect place for all things aviation lovers. Lots of planes etc to see. My 12 year old was happy to spend around 3 hours checking out exhibits and reading small print. Easy to get to on public transport (but 2 buses from Finsbury Park area). We went in August and it was busy but not crowded.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
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Trip788067
90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a great place to visit for the plane enthusiast and is in general a good place for children.

When we visited a number of the interactive things for children were not working and young children (under five) will not want to spend that long here. Young teenagers keen on plane, machines, misiles etc will love it, as will adults who like any of these things.

It was at times difficult to work out which description was for which item/exhibit.

The museum is free, they do ask for donations but it is up to you.

DO remember to Pay for your Parking. We almost left without paying thinking that there would be a machine at the exit. NO, it is in the corner of the car park and not near the enterance or the exit for the car park. Parking charges are reasonable but a £60 fine would be a costly but an easy mistake.
Written 9 February 2020
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rainbowbirko87
Nottinghamshire, UK530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We booked online this morning and were there by 12:30pm. We paid the £4.50 fee for the parking online too which was easy and painless.
My partner visited the museum about 18months a go and raved about it so it was an easy decision for us all to visit while we were in the area.
I was thoroughly impressed with our whole visit. The exhibits and displays were excellent, with just the right amount of information (I’m not the one into aviation). There was still a good amount of interactive displays even with the current climate. I was really pleased to see how regularly things were being wiped down and cleaned. The one way system was clear and I thought the number of volunteers and staff around all of the hangers and buildings was excellent.

The restaurant had a good choice of take out foods and the children’s play park was adorable with all the downsized versions of buildings and planes etc. The gift shop was really lovely too with so many great choices. A great day out from start to finish.... and FREE it’s just brilliant!
Written 27 August 2020
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Rugbynugget
Nottingham, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This museum is amazing. Lets start from basics. You can book online, and its free! You do have to pay for parking which you can do beforehand. Theres lots of extras like Red Arrows experience you can also buy beforehand. On arrival you are met by friendly staff who direct you where to go. Once inside there is alot to see, many exhibits in a few hangars and very informative. There is a large gift shop on site. Id recommend taking your own food and drink as the cafe was very expensive and the service was slow. There are plenty of benches outside to sit. Id like to say a big thank you to staff as I wanted to do the Spitfire experience, where you get a private guided tour of a Spitfire and get to sit in it. On the day I visited they werent doing tours, but the staff put one on just for me. A lifelong ambition fulfilled so thanks. Well worth the visit!
Written 24 July 2021
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Dr Stephen
Ashbourne, UK2,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
My wife and I booked (FREE) advance tickets to visit the RAF Museum in Hendon on 31 May 2021. Parking is chargeable at £5 for up to 3 hours, and £7 for more than 3 hours. No need to book this in advance - just swipe a credit card on a machine before you depart (it was easy, and hassle free).

If you love aircraft, this is a WONDERFUL museum, with six halls filled with aircraft old and new. You'll see pretty much EVERYTHING you hoped to see from the mighty Avro Vulcan and Short Sunderland to the smaller Spitfire and (Red Arrows) Gnat. There are great presentations of historical events such as The Dambusters raid on the Ruhr dams.

We followed the exhibition halls numerically, starting at "1", continuing to 2, then the combined 3/4/5 and finishing in the new/modern hall 6 which contains the Harrier, Jaguar and Eurofighter Typhoon.

Go early, as with fewer crowds, you can get better photographs of the exhibits.
Written 8 June 2021
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Tufty13
Beaconsfield, UK104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Still a good military museum to visit, with an unparalled collection of rare aircraft and artifacts and it's free - But a donation of £5 per person is highly recommended during these tough times.
The Battle of Britain was the RAF's 'Finest Hour' but it is not as well represented here as it should be in this 80th anniversary year. But alas, definitely a diluted and more confusing experience than it used to be !
Eliminating the old but evocative, dedicated Battle of Britain Hangar and just merging the aircraft with all the others in the main hangar space, in an uninspiring visual setting with proper use of multi-sensory technology, no clear start or end to the exhibition has been very poorly thought through. What a shame, an opportunity to amaze and inspire has not been fully achieved.
Written 12 October 2020
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DannyB_11
London, UK273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a truly great museum with one of the world’s best military aircraft collections spanning WW1, WW2, the Cold War up until day. It is very family friendly with activities for all ages. It is free (paid for parking) but there are pay for special activities such as sitting in the cockpit of a real Spitfire and a VR experience of the dam buster raid. Unmissable.
Written 14 February 2020
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We are so glad that you had a great day out here! We hope you come back soon!
Written 19 February 2020
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Poloman60
Bedford, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The "virtual" flight in a Typhoon fighter was amazing! But the whole museum is frankly, amazing.

There is so much to look at, so many exhibits and so much information to digest, that I recommend you plan for more than one visit. We took our 9 year-old grandsons for a birthday 'treat' and they loved it. They were just the right age to be entertained by what was on show, but also be wanting to ask lots of questions.

There are a great many interactive exhibits which they thoroughly enjoyed, and any parents or grandparents with similar type of intended visits, should make sure you give yourselves plenty of time.

The staff are amazing! Very friendly, very knowledgeable and very helpful. This greatly enhances ones experience on the day.

The Museum does not charge for entry, only for the 'additional experiences'. If you do visit, please give a 'fair' donation based on the numbers in your group. This will ensure that the Museum continues to both exist and thrive.
Written 17 December 2021
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Hastings, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I didn’t even realise this museum existed until recently. I had a great time here what a wonderful collection and to get so close to massive aircraft was brilliant. I will highly recommend this museum to friends as it’s the best museum in London!
Written 13 February 2020
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Dear bottomleybradley2015, Thank you very much for such a lovely review. We were wondering if we could possibly share this review on our social media? Thank you very much, RAFMuseum
Written 19 February 2020
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Mike
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Been a longtime since we visited the museum and were so impressed with the new format. At a time of covid the museum has done so much to make the experience safe and enjoyable, even opening a new exhibition of art from the Second World War-in air and fire-which was excellent.
Excellent and I hope the public rushes to support these institutions doing such a fantastic job.
Written 16 September 2020
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SBN18
London, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
For a free facility (except parking which is not) this is a great destination. With loads of aircraft and displays and playground and open spaces it's ideal for a day out.

However eat elsewhere. The only offering right now is Claudes Cafe. The choice is minute , the prices are eye wateringly expensive and the actual food is mediocre.

This needs some serious attention because it is a huge negative
Written 26 May 2021
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