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“fantastic day out”
Review of IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford
Ranked #1 of 7 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.
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Brought our grandson and his friend here for his 14th birthday he is an air cadet. His words said it all 'Died and gone to heaven', needless to say he thought it was amazing.

Thank GaynorE18
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

There's no doubt that the aircraft and other displays here are fantastic. It is easy to spend a whole day here; the captions are generally sensible and informative.

We had to queue for 35 minutes to get in; at least this time it was fine weather; last time we had to queue it was threatening light rain.

Also be aware that they will try to charge you a "voluntary" donation over and above the entrance fee, unless you specifically ask them not to. There is a notice about this but it is located just far enough away from the queue that most people don't see it.

2  Thank Afterbrunel
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We only wanted to go for a couple of hours - and were shocked by the price of £17.50 per person! Quite staggering, but once you get in you can see why. There is so much to do. We will definitely go back, take a picnic (food is also very expensive) and have a look at everything properly. They also give you recommendations for different visitor groups (like families with young children, families with older children, adults etc) of where to go and what to look at. Very well thought through. as it was summer holidays there were also loads of kids activities going on. All in all a great day out for the family.

Thank 204Travellers
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

This was our fifth visit to Duxford in a two year period. This visit was with our grandson during his school holiday. The museum continues to improve with new exhibitions, better information boards and daily specials. Our grandson is 10 and before our visit we visited the website and downloaded trail sheets, they are full of facts and set challenges to find items and solve puzzles.

During our visit there were several activities taking place including free airfix building sessions. Also as part of the WW1 memorial there have recreated trenches to walk through.

The museum is spread out with several different exhibition areas so it never seems busy, To get maximum value from the visit allow 3 - 4 hours and accept you will need to come back to see everything. TIP - wear comfortable shoes and take a picnic, plenty of places to sit and there are lockers just inside the entrance if you want to leave bags etc. The food at the location is very good but a little expensive.

Children admission free - Play area for children is modern and popular

Thank Andybeet2012
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Had a fantastic day out here, even for myself who doesn't know a lot about planes (but I was super excited about going on the Concorde!).

Bit pricey to get in at £17.50 for 2 adults, but we spent quite a few hours here.

The concorde was my main thing to see, glad I went on it but disappointed you couldn't have a seat in it. I understand they don't want to damage the actual seating in the plane, but why not put in some replica seats that people can sit in?

Also, all of the planes in the Concorde Hangar were not open for people to go in, the stairs for the planes had signs on: 'Not Open Today' This was the same for all of the aircraft on the runway except 1, an old Cunard plane. I get the feeling there are only opened up for weekends, though I'd have thought they'd be opened for the schools holidays too (we visited on a Thursday)?

The 'Land' hangar at the end was interesting for the land vehicles housed here, most of it was themed from the World Wars, and there were some newer vehicles in there from more recent campaigns such as Iraq & Afganistan.

Also, the American Air Museum was excellent, housing a Blackbird & a B52 (that plane is huge!).

Facilities are also good, plenty of cafe's & toilets. All in all a good day out.

Thank KimShibbyBob
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