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“IWM Duxford - a superd day out”

Imperial War Museum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Duxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: IWM Duxford tells the story of the impact of aviation on the nature of war and on people's lives. Set within Britain's best-preserved Second World War fighter station, seven impressive hangars filled with extraordinary collections and state-of-the-art exhibitions take you on an unforgettable journey through times of war and peace.
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“IWM Duxford - a superd day out”
Reviewed 5 September 2011

We visited Duxford for the 75th Anniversary of the Spitfire Air show on the 3rd and 4th September and had a fantastic time. Despite heavy rain on the Sunday the flying on both days was exciting and varied with a great mixture of planes flying. Although the highlight was watching 7 spitfires soar across the sky we also saw planes from the pre war 30's right up to the current F-15 Strike Eagle and Apache helicopter flying. The museum itself has huge a collection of aircraft, military vehicles and equipment from the First World War onwards and you can even see aircraft being restored or repaired at close quarters. All in all a superb place to visit for a great day (or two) out.

Visited September 2011
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“Great Day”
Reviewed 4 September 2011

We totally agree with previous reviews. Initially we did not think the site was very big but when you realise it takes 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other you realise just how wrong you are. There is so much to see so get there early in the day. Before visiting we had thought the entrance price was high but afterwards you can see it is well worth the cost. Easy to get to by car and there are special buses running as well. Plenty of cafes and toilets and there are benches around the site that come in handy for resting your legs and feet. Throughly enjoyable and recomended for all ages.

Visited August 2011
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

A wonderful museum. We went for a Classic Wings flight over London but enjoyed the rest of the day wandering round the museum. They could do with making announcements when planes are in the air - a Spitfire & Flying Fortress went up while we were there but we would have like to have heard so we could see them take off & land.

Visited August 2011
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“If aircraft are your thing, this is unmissable”
Reviewed 29 August 2011

Amazing day out. We arrived at 11.00 and got throw out at closing and still didn't see everything. Last visited in the 1970s (!) and returned with my father. Nearly all now under cover. Large helping of second world war craft, not much from earlier, lots of cold war era up to the Tornado and EFA. Big and impressive hanger full of Americana. All kept immaculately, you can get up close and touch most things. Repair hangers fascinating with conservation in progress. Many rare craft, way too many to pick highlights. Lots of toilets and coffee bars to keep the older family happy too. Quite a walk from one end to the other - not cheap, but still good value considering the Pandora's box inside. Excellent.

Visited August 2011
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“A tribute to the Civil Aviation as well as the fighters in the War - a 5Star Museum”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

It's a beautiful, well organized museum, very complete with several interesting civil aviation assets (including a concord). In this museum you can see for your self several types of well-known plains and you'll be familiar with the business, the history and the evolution of civil aviation as well as the means to fight in a war scenario. Several war scenarios are remembered here, specially World Wars ones but also from older and recent wars. a great tribute to the fighters and the causes and the countries they served (you can see submarines, parts of plains that crashed, and many explanations of how things happened.
One of the hangers is dedicated to restoration and is held mostly, by voluntaries.
You'll have at least two stores to take home some souvenirs from other times and to remember this wonderful museum and for a little rest and a snack you have at least one restaurant with breakfast and lunch buffet, some cookies, cakes, sandwiches, water and juices along with the traditional teas and coffees.
If you prefer you can bring your own food and seat in a covered place used for this purpose, to have lunch, breakfast, a snack of your own.

You can enjoy the museum and all the piece of information it provides but you can also have more fun going on a flight simulator and having a "ride" on a classical plain straight from the 2nd World War like Dragon Rapide from the year 1943 and many others.
The place is made to have fun both inside and outside. Don't forget that the place, the museum is a real aerodrome which was built during the first world war.
Another tip that might be handy is that if you go by bus you'll get a ticket discount. It's not much but is a nice incentive to come back. Just be careful with the bus timetable as the last bus to Cambridge (the main city next to the museum) runs before the closer of the museum (at least it did one year ago). after that your only option is to gather a few more visitors and shared a taxi as I did.
If you prefer going by car, that's fine too. The museum as a parking.
If you go to Cambridge the Imperial War Museum of Duxford is a must see. Don't miss it!

Visited September 2010
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