Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
4.5
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
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  • Martin Prestage
    Whitstable, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a museum
    Small but perfectly formed. A fascinating collection of airforce memorabilia focusing on the human stories behind the planes. It's volunteer run, so it doesn't have the high tech displays, but I didn't miss them. The adjoining café is well worth visiting with good quality large portions!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Katherine Ashby
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real treat!
    This museum is basically two rooms, but it covers every inch with an incredible artefact, picture or story. It manages to display both an original hurricane and Spitfire along with many other unique pieces. There is an amazing amount to see and read about. It is free to enter and the volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. It also has a great cafe. It really is a gem of a place.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Keith L
    Canterbury, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum with lots of moving stories
    A great museum. We very much enjoyed the spitfire simulator. The displays are excellent with many interesting and moving stories. This museum could teach many flashier establishments how it should be done. There is a lot to read in one go so it is worth going for a repeat visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Clive W
    1,907 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent fascinating museum with many great stories
    This little but extremely well-packed museum is terrific. Even better is the fact that it is free. However, we were very happy to leave a large donation. The museum is staffed by volunteers and enthusiast who have great experiences and knowledge to share. The memorial garden outside was fascinating with lots of seating and well worth spending a long time reading the plaques. This museum was easy to find, has free parking and is extremely highly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Michael T
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see and do experience !!
    What a wonderful way to spend a morning !, The whole experience at the Spitfire and Hurricane museum was not only interesting, eye opening and full of fascinating items to study but, it was also very humbling and emotional. I was fortunate to participate in the enthralling Spitfire simulator experience, instructions and guidance from Simon, a truly knowledgeable and in himself an interesting man. He is passionate about his museum and the people who take time to enjoy it alongside him and his staff. I personally found the simulator very humbling as it gave you a real feeling of what those wonderfully heroic "few" put themselves through to protect our nation, a thrilling enough experience just 'flying' the 'Spitfire" and learning from Simon just what the wartime pilots endured in such a magnificent machine. A must see and do experience for all those interested in thrills and history also Thank you to all at the museum, the staff at the café, and Simon in particular, for his patience and really interesting information provided. Great fun !!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Bob E
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A not to be missed place to visit.
    A really great place to visit with so much to see, very well laid out and informative. Plenty of different items to buy from the shop. The Spitfire Cafe is a definite must, superb food and drinks. As this is a free museum please give a donation to make sure they can still operate as a free ommision premises. Would certainly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Anthony Y
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great visit!
    Many thanks to Chris and John for making it a great visit the museum. Nothing was too much trouble and my flight in the simulator was a fantastic experience! Although a pilot myself Chris expertly guided me through the intricacies of the Spitfire! John proudly showed us around the exhibits including the mock-up of the Lancaster cockpit. Many thank guys and we hope to return soon!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Happiness06075331024
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful experience
    A wonderful day out as part of my 60th birthday celebrations. The museum is nicely laid out and crammed with fascinating information and memorabilia, many of them originally found locally, as so much of the Battle of Britain took place in the skies over Manston. The highlight was the Spitfire simulator, with Peter a friendly and expert instructor. A real bucket list experience and one I intend to give to various friends as a present. Thank you to all the staff for making our visit so enjoyable.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Jackie D
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    If you are looking for a unique and amazing pressie this Christmas, or at any time, "flying" in the Spitfire Simulator is just perfect. We bought this for our grandson who, like most teenagers is really into computers, but he was mesmerised by the simulator and the history behind the Spitfire (and he was really good too). The instructor, Andy, was amazing, so patient, calm and informative. Anyone over the age of 16 can take a "flight" and the cost is very reasonable. All of the staff at the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum were so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and the Cafe does great food! Do go along and support this wonderful facility, even if it's just for a visit. The exhibits and stories behind the aeroplanes and particularly the brave men and women, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today, are truly remarkable.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Marc W
    Bracknell, United Kingdom508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small but excellent museum with free entry
    This certainly isn't the biggest museum you'll find but it's packed with exhibits and displays. The museum consists of two main rooms, one contains a genuine Spitfire and the other a genuine Hurricane. There are all sorts of WW2 exhibits in the rooms around the two aircraft including a full replica cockpit of a Lancaster that's soon to become a simulator. This brings me to another of the museums main attractions, they have a full Spitfire simulator which you can fly for the very reasonable cost of only £30. It's massively cheaper than any other Spitfire simulator and still provides a great experience of what it would be like to fly a simulator. Plus your certificate gains you a discount at Biggin Hill where you can fly in a real Spitfire. When their new Lancaster simulator is online, it really will be a must visit where you will be able to fly two of the most significant aircraft of WW2. Although the museum is free entry they do ask for donations and I'd say they certainly deserve one. I've heard there's another aviation museum close by too ;-) So it's certainly possible to make a day of it. This brings me to my final point, despite only being a small museum, it has an excellent café and restaurant attached, The Spitfire café. Not only does it have a better menu than the cafes you get at large museums but the staff are friendly and the food itself is great. Overall it's a great place to visit for anyone interested in WW2 aviation.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 February 2024
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Brentwood166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fascinating museum dedicated to those few who Saved us from a German invasion, giving credit to other pilots - Lancaster crews life expectancy was 6 weeks! etc. With a Spitfire on display TRY to book a flight in the simulator. It looks Heath Robinson but once you are it it ITS REAL !! AMAZING and the operator was so knowledgeable a real bonus
Written 10 May 2024
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We visited the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum in Manston to us the Spitfire simulator here. I had received a voucher to use the simulator (which must be prebooked), and had been looking forward to the experience. We arrived by car and there is a good amount of (free) car parking available for visitors. Entrance to the museum is free though donations are welcomed. The museum also has an attached café which may be visited independently of the museum and seemed popular on the day of our visit.
The museum is not large but has a good collection of items and exhibits connected to the air war during the Second World War, with a slant towards the ‘Battle of Britain’. Taking the pride of place are examples of both Spitfire and Hurricane fighters and also the forward section of a Lancaster bomber.
The simulator flight took place in a spitfire cockpit mock-up with the forward view arranged on three large screens. There was a ten-minute briefing when the controls of the aeroplane and the route to be taken from Biggin Hill to Manston and then the would be pilot is allowed to take off, fly and (if lucky land), the plane under the expert supervision of the trainer for about twenty minutes.
The cockpit mock-up does not move but (for me), the combination of operating the controls and watching the ensuing response on the screens makes for a very real experience. Friends may watch the simulated flight standing adjacent to the cockpit mock-up and take photos and video as a souvenir of the day. After the flight is completed, the would be pilot receives a certificate for the experience.
After the flight we visited the café here and enjoyed a well-earned cup of coffee before visiting the museum for a good look around. The staff here were all friendly, helpful and welcoming. A thoroughly enjoyable day out and I will certainly return with the grandchildren in the future for another visit.
Written 7 May 2024
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Paul B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I were staying nearby and as I have recently become very interested in the aircraft of WW2, this museum was on the list to visit. It is a fantastic place, full of emotion with the memorial and inside, full of wonderfully curated artefacts and exhibits - the actual Hurricane and Spitfire were just brilliant as well and the there was the shop, full of gifts to do with aircraft and the museum, along with books both new and secondhand. The staff were friendly and knowledgable. This is a must visit if you’re in the area even if not into aircraft!
Written 27 April 2024
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oscabbie
Staffs113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Stumbled upon this gem quite by accident. So happy we did. It’s an incredible place and the knowledgeable staff made our visit even more enjoyable. Considering this has free admission and is run on voluntary contributions is quite incredible so please think of gift aid when you put some money in the coffers (the staff kindly lent me a pen to do so!) as it deserves every penny. Well worth a visit (there’s even a cafe 👍🏻) x
Written 4 April 2024
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Steph G
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fantastic little gem lots packed in to the area,lots to take in well worth a visit,free admission but survives on donations well worth a few quid of anyone's money.Spitfire simulator does cost and hurricane simulator on the way.
Written 12 March 2024
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Marc W
Bracknell, UK508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This certainly isn't the biggest museum you'll find but it's packed with exhibits and displays. The museum consists of two main rooms, one contains a genuine Spitfire and the other a genuine Hurricane. There are all sorts of WW2 exhibits in the rooms around the two aircraft including a full replica cockpit of a Lancaster that's soon to become a simulator. This brings me to another of the museums main attractions, they have a full Spitfire simulator which you can fly for the very reasonable cost of only £30. It's massively cheaper than any other Spitfire simulator and still provides a great experience of what it would be like to fly a simulator. Plus your certificate gains you a discount at Biggin Hill where you can fly in a real Spitfire. When their new Lancaster simulator is online, it really will be a must visit where you will be able to fly two of the most significant aircraft of WW2.

Although the museum is free entry they do ask for donations and I'd say they certainly deserve one. I've heard there's another aviation museum close by too ;-) So it's certainly possible to make a day of it.

This brings me to my final point, despite only being a small museum, it has an excellent café and restaurant attached, The Spitfire café. Not only does it have a better menu than the cafes you get at large museums but the staff are friendly and the food itself is great.

Overall it's a great place to visit for anyone interested in WW2 aviation.
Written 4 February 2024
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Jackie D
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
If you are looking for a unique and amazing pressie this Christmas, or at any time, "flying" in the Spitfire Simulator is just perfect. We bought this for our grandson who, like most teenagers is really into computers, but he was mesmerised by the simulator and the history behind the Spitfire (and he was really good too). The instructor, Andy, was amazing, so patient, calm and informative. Anyone over the age of 16 can take a "flight" and the cost is very reasonable. All of the staff at the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum were so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and the Cafe does great food! Do go along and support this wonderful facility, even if it's just for a visit. The exhibits and stories behind the aeroplanes and particularly the brave men and women, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today, are truly remarkable.
Written 27 November 2023
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Happiness06075331024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A wonderful day out as part of my 60th birthday celebrations. The museum is nicely laid out and crammed with fascinating information and memorabilia, many of them originally found locally, as so much of the Battle of Britain took place in the skies over Manston. The highlight was the Spitfire simulator, with Peter a friendly and expert instructor. A real bucket list experience and one I intend to give to various friends as a present. Thank you to all the staff for making our visit so enjoyable.
Written 14 November 2023
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Rick H
Greater London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
What an absolutely super place - everyone friendly and helpful. My simulator experience with instructor Andy was first-rate. He took great pains to provide lots of interesting information but also to remind me that it's all fun and not to worry about anything. The 'flight' itself is brilliant - a chance to fly a spitfire (whilst sitting in an actual cockpit and using real controls) over London - buzz City airport (and a few others) and navigate like the real thing.
All of the exhibits are interesting or poignant or both.
The cafe is brilliant - we just missed the breakfast menu but the wonderful staff member suggested I swap out the gammon for some bacon and I came away stuffed and happy.
Well done to everyone involved - we travelled over an hour to get there and it was well worth it.
Written 2 November 2023
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Anthony Y
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Many thanks to Chris and John for making it a great visit the museum. Nothing was too much trouble and my flight in the simulator was a fantastic experience! Although a pilot myself Chris expertly guided me through the intricacies of the Spitfire! John proudly showed us around the exhibits including the mock-up of the Lancaster cockpit.
Many thank guys and we hope to return soon!
Written 15 October 2023
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