Bawdsey Radar Museum

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Bawdsey Radar Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
We are now open. Please see website for more information or ring 07821 162879. Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block is the first operational radar station in the world and the exhibition is housed in the original 1937 building. The exhibition tells the story of the "Invention that Changed the World". It reveals how scientists, engineers and technicians came together at Bawdsey in the 1930s in total secrecy to prove that radio waves could locate aircraft, ships and other targets. Bawdsey became the world's first operational radar station in 1937 and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain in 1940. The display features the lives of the people who developed the technology and the radar operators, mainly women (WAAFs), whose dedication helped to bring victory in WW2. See website for 2021 opening dates and times.
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Relax607629
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Excellent!
Aug 2021
This little museum is excellent - full of interesting information, and with super-friendly and very knowledgeable staff. Definitely worth a visit. Great value for money.
Written 30 August 2021
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644Shirl56
Bungay, UK11 contributions
Secret History
Aug 2021
Beautifully restored transmitter block, good parking and space to run around + picnic tables. Cor-Ten steel enthusiasts will love the lavatory block!
Well made and engaging films which explain the development of RADAR and its use in WW2. Well displayed exhibits and the friendliest and most enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Goos activities for children. Small shop with interesting and nice goods.
This fascinating museum is a gem.
Written 27 August 2021
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LinnieLou
Leicester, UK28 contributions
A friendly and fascinating museum
Jul 2021
We have sailed past Bawdsey Manor many times, so as we were in the area on a dry land break, we decided to visit the museum.

It was really fascinating and we learned a lot about how important this place was during WW2 and the Cold War.

Special thanks to guide Tom Cox who gave the visit a memorable touch with his tour of the features out in the grounds as well as his really interesting input during the exhibits’ tour.
Written 8 July 2021
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We very glad you enjoyed your trip (on dry land) to Bawdsey Radar! Thank you so much for your review, it's very much appreciated. I will pass your comments along to Tom and the rest of the team. With very best wishes, Lynette for Bawdsey Radar.
Written 21 July 2021
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Kelly 611
Haverhill, UK43 contributions
Little Gem
Oct 2020 • Couples
We knew some of Bawdsey’s place in the history books but not in any great detail & visiting this little gem certainly filled in the gaps!!
So that they can still welcome visitors, they have a system whereby a ‘bubble’ of up to 6 from the same family has the whole place to themselves for just under an hour, every cloud and all that, & it was one of the most interesting hours we have spent!! Such a warm welcome, such knowledgeable & friendly volunteers and so many interesting displays all made for a really enjoyable visit.
It all felt incredibly safe & clean and we can’t wait to go back when they reopen next Spring (it closes for Winter at the end of October) & find out more ☺️
Written 10 October 2020
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Dear Kellyb, Thank you so much for your review and your encouragement in these odd times. We are so pleased to get the museum open thanks to the incredible volunteer team here and welcome emergency funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, SHARE Museums East and East Suffolk Council. I will pass your comments along to the team today - things do feel different, and your words will be such an encouragement. We'll see you next year! Thank you, Lynette for Bawdsey Radar.
Written 12 October 2020
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Fraser H
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Keep Calm and go learn about Radar!
Oct 2020
Spine-tingle moment. Standing in the building where the technology was developed that meant victory in the Battle of Britain and, by extension, in WWII!

Engagingly designed and interpreted exhibits, accompanied by a warm welcome from the front of house team and impeccable Covid Secure measures.

Seriously, treat yourselves.
Written 4 October 2020
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Thank you for visiting and thank you for such amazing words! So pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Lynette for Bawdsey Radar.
Written 6 October 2020
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anneelizabeth2018
Ipswich, UK7 contributions
Great day out
Aug 2019
We had a really interesting morning at the Radar museum. Volunteers were friendly and informative. Quite an eye openers.
Good displays and presentations. Hands on too. Refrehments available. Book stall. If fine take a picnic to eat outside on the interesting tables. Move on to a walk from Bawdsey quay along the beach with great views of the manor or take the ferry across to Old felixstowe for fish and chips. Great day out.
Written 6 November 2019
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Thank you so much for your review and your kind comments. It's a really unspoilt part of the world, isn't it? Thank you again and we hope to see you again next season - your tickets are valid for a full 12 months - we open again next April 2020. All very best, Lynette
Written 8 November 2019
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tom b
Walton-On-Thames, UK2 contributions
Brilliant for kids!!
Oct 2019 • Family
My family and I found the signs for this gem by accident. What luck?! I do find the history of WW2 museums interesting but with three kids of 9, 7 and 4, I’m usually in a minority. This was totally different though. From the atmospheric entrance to the sounds of fighters flying overhead to the friendly greeting at the desk where the children got their fun worksheets and lab coats with ‘boffin’ specs, we were all hooked. The displays were well designed and all low enough for them to see clearly. The interactive exhibits really helped them understand RADAR and the video shows were clear.

Special mention has to go to John Brooking who showed us around, and the other inspiring volunteers who clearly love this place. I really hope their aim of expanding to the receiver block is realised.

The only issue is now my kids have decided they will solve the ‘death ray’ problem to shoot sheep... :)
Written 31 October 2019
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Thank you so much for taking time to leave such a thoughtful review. It is so encouraging for us here at Bawdsey to hear about your thoughts and experiences. Access is really important to us so I'm especially glad you found the exhibition, the story and even the height of information accessible - a long time was spent in the testing phase! As a gift aid organisation,your admission ticket os valid for 12 months and although we're closed now till next April, your ticket is valid till next October 2020 so perhaps we'll see you again. I will pass along your thanks to all the volunteers and thank you again for letting us know your thoughts. Good luck with the 'death ray' issue - we'll be thinking of you.....! Lynette
Written 2 November 2019
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jenniemay
Eastleigh, UK26 contributions
Interesting Museum about the start of Radar
Sep 2019 • Couples
I was stationed here nearly 50 years ago so I was very interested in history of how they played such a hugh part in the Battle of Britain. Only 1 of the blocks have been restored which is the Transmitting Block so I was slightly disappointed because I worked in the Receiving Block as Radar Operator but it was very interesting seeing how the Radar was developed. They are hoping to get more funds to renovate the other block in the future. The only one criticism is that because we went by boat from Felixstowe we had to walk over a mile because there are no buses! So the best way to get there is by car. Well worth the walk though.
Written 14 October 2019
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Dear Jennie, Thank you so much for visiting, for your review and your memories. The receiver block sits within the area of the estate where PGL run amazing outward bound holidays for children so for now it's just the Transmitter Block that's restored and open. It is a pretty walk up form the quay - we would love a bus though! Thank you again for visiting, and your review, much appreciated. Lynette
Written 18 October 2019
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carol b
Canterbury, UK52 contributions
Awesome little museum
Aug 2019 • Family
From being greeted at the door to entering to the sound of spitfires overhead and Winston Churchill’s voice, nothing has been left out. The amount of attention to detail and the enthusiasm of the staff/ volunteers was contagious. There are lots of hands on things for children to do and if you show them instead of running through you can while away a very interesting time here.
It is a bit out in the sticks (you can drive) but we took the ferry from Felixstowe and walked. About a mile but very scenic.
I also needed the toilet on arrival and (this sounds mad but) what appears to be portaloos outside were some of the nicest public loos I’ve ever been in.
So don’t judge a book by its cover. Radar Museum, sounds dull doesn’t it? But you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Written 30 August 2019
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Hello and thank you so much for an amazing review! It's so encouraging for all the volunteers here to have such feedback on what we also thinks is an awesome little museum. we do hope you can visit again - your admission ticket is valid for the next 12 months - and our events and activities are listed on the website. Thank you again, Lynette Burgess.
Written 1 September 2019
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Lisa G
7 contributions
Enjoyable for all
Aug 2019 • Family
Having lived locally all our lives took the opportunity to learn about RADAR at Bawdsey. Took ferry from Felixstowe ferry , then a gentle walk along the road (15-20 mins) fabulous exhibits - all children 8,10 and 12 plus both parents were engaged and interested by the museum. Friendly staff and the best picnic tables we’ve ever seen -
Written 22 August 2019
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Thank you for such a lovely review! The picnic tables are rather good aren't they?! Thank you too to the Lottery Fund and Historic England and other funders who have funded the museum. We couldn't do it without the ace Bawdsey volunteers who make it such a friendly experience or without visitors like you who come to find out more about the radar story in this special part of Suffolk. Your admission ticket is valid for 12 months so perhaps we'll see you again, this season or next. Thank you again, all very best, Lynette
Written 25 August 2019
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