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“a thoroughly enjoyable experience and well worth the 2 hour journey.”

International Bomber Command Centre
Ranked #5 of 95 things to do in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The IBCC opened to the public for the first time on the 30th January. Advance tickets can be purchased on the door. The site includes the UK's tallest War Memorial, The Spire, which stands out on Lincoln's skyline at 31.09m tall, the same height as the wingspan of a Lancaster Bomber. The Spire is surrounded by curved walls which carry the names of 57,871 men and women who gave their lives whilst in the service of Bomber Command during WW2. The Spire is set in 10 acres of landscaped peace gardens, one which represents Lincolnshire's contribution to the war and one that recognizes the involvement of 62 nations in Bomber Command. The Chadwick Centre provides all our visitor facilities and hosts three exhibition galleries covering our core themes of Recognition, Remembrance and Reconciliation. There is also an education suite and facilities for corporate hospitality. Children's trails and craft sessions available.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started with a tour guide arty Wallace who provided us with a good insight to the history of Bomber Command and the reasons for the Memorial. Everything was acceessible and laid out beautifully. We spent 4hours there and had a nice lunch in the cafe.

Thank Jacqueline F
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Nicky B, Manager at International Bomber Command Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jacqueline

Thank you so much for your review, Delighted that you enjoyed your time and that you had a good tour with our guide.

Hope to see you back again soon.

Best wishes

Nicky Barr
CEO

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we first looked at the leaflet we thought that maybe we'd spend an hour there - maybe push it to two if we haf lunch...in the end we spent almost the whole day! The Centre itself is split in two - you can have a look around the gardens and memorial walls for free, you have to pay to get into the exhibit section and I'd recommend you do. The exhibit has something for everyone of all ages - teaching, hands on, the stories of the different people and nationalities that made up the bases and the stories of those on the 'other side' - those who faced the bombs on the continent every night as well as those who tried to stop them. It's a thought provoking take on the actions of Bomber Command and they've taken the time to make sure that alongside the recognition of the bravery of those involved there is no glorification of those actions.
It is a hugely impressive memorial and I would say it should be up there with the likes of the National Arboretum in terms of national recognition.
One thing I would say is that it needs publicising more as it's not that far out of the city but it's hard to find - no signs, no dedicated bus stop etc. Personally I think it should be added to either the Walk and Ride shuttle run or the Lincoln Tour Bus as it's deserving of the attention.

Thank Julie P
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Nicky B, Manager at International Bomber Command Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Julie

What a wonderful review, thank you so much. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and thought we had got the balance right within the exhibition.

We are working with the authorities to get the signage issues sorted and with Lincoln BIG on bus connections with the city. It is proving very difficult to fit everything in the City and us (and Lincoln traffic) into a one hour route, but we are making progress.

I look forward to welcoming you back for your next visit.

Best wishes

Nicky Barr
CEO

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As enjoyable as a memorial can be. Very thoughtfully and sympathetically done. Exhibits well displayed - plenty to see. Cafe busy at times - be prepared to queue. Try to pick a warm, calm day as situated on a hill - high by Lincolnshire standards. Regular free tours of the site by well informed volunteers.

Thank John A
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Nicky B, Manager at International Bomber Command Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear John

Many thanks for your review.

You are absolutely right, it can get blowy up at the Memorial - there is not a lot between us and the Urals!

Look forward to welcoming you back on a less chilly day.

best wishes

Nicky Barr
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here in the afternoon and unfortunately didn't have enough time to visit the museum itself. We will return to see that. The cafe was spacious and offered a variety of food and drinks. However the highlight was the Ribbon of Remembrance which lead to the huge monument outside. A fitting way to recognise those who gave their lives. There were also trees planted to recognise all the airbases in the area during the war which had information about each base on a small plaque. Another highlight was the view of Lincoln Cathedral which had been such a landmark for air crews during the war. Will definitely return. Parking was good and the facility caters for disabled visitors well.

Thank Patricia1209
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Nicky B, Manager at International Bomber Command Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Patricia

Many thanks for taking the time to review your visit.

I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to welcoming you back to look round the exhibition.

The Ribbon is incredibly moving, particularly when you hear some of the stories behind the stones. Next time you come please ask one of our guides to tell you about some of the key stones.


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Nicky Barr
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this is a must-see memorial the visitor centre is terrible when compared to, say, East Kirby. At East Kirby they tell the stores of the crews and their families - few will not feel the tears. The story is real. At the IBCC, there is so much about the result of the bombing on the German population, I thought I was in Germany. I was felt very angry, in fact. It reminded me of my time in the RAF when the old-lads who 'crewed the war' were disrespected at every turn.

The displays were terrible. A few actors on filmstrips telling stories of a war which took place 40+ years before they were born. Why? If I want to hear scripted actors I will buy a TV. Much better that the original authors of the stories tell of their experiences themselves, whenever possible, and there are thousands of such recordings in the archives of the IWM, London. I felt angry, very upset and totally disappointed in the way the past is being presented. I worked with so many of these heroes - I do not like what has been done.

Being a wheelchair user, were my machine not made to be able to cope with off-road travel, I could not even have made it from the car-park to the visitor centre; the gravel paths took care of that. If you have a manual wheelchair, or a child in a pram or buggy, make sure that you have someone VERY fit to help you around the site. Also, your will find much of the grounds off-limits due to the angled mud tracks around the freedom gardens.

On a positive not, our guide was EXTREMELY knowledgeable (last tour on 19th June) and accurate. He deserves a great deal of praise.

We originally turned up on Monday to discover the memorial LOCKED UP!!! What is that about??? It should be open to all 24/7 not only when the gift shop and cafe are open. The best time to visit a memorial is to be there at dawn or dusk, the most atmospherical time of the day, especially for ex-servicemen. PLEASE rip them gates down.

This is me. It is personal. Do not be deterred from visiting and paying your respects to the fallen, but remember too the pain, mental and physical, who have suffered living through all of the horror and loss. NONE are the men that they were. NONE received the respect and support they deserved.

Thank Alan B
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Nicky B, Manager at International Bomber Command Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Alan

I am very disappointed to hear that you did not like what we have done with the centre and the exhibition. Six years of research and care went into interviewing and recording over 900 people who were involved with Bomber Command to make sure that we told their side of the story, as well as those who suffered as a result of the bombings. The "scripted" pieces you refer to are actually taken from the recorded interviews from veterans and are only played by actors to set them in the context of the time. The original film and audio clips of veterans are included in many of the other elements of the exhibition like the telephones and the artifact stations.

We have to be able to tell their story to a wide range of people, of all ages and at all levels of knowledge about the bombing war and we have tried our very best to do this. During the planning stages we worked with a huge number of people - veterans, families of those who served, historians, local residents and serving military personnel to try to ensure that the exhibition told their story effectively but in a balanced way to recognised the shared suffering of all concerned. Like all heritage centres, and particularly one that deals with such difficult heritage, there is a level of personal objectivity and taste which means it is unlikely that we will be able to hit the right note with all our visitors. I am delighted to say that the centre has proved very popular with veterans and their families as well as a wide range of other groups. The general feedback from those who have done the exhibition thoroughly is that there is a good balance of stories and that they are sensitively presented. I am sorry this was not your opinion.

As the centre has only just opened the landscaping is still maturing and this has meant that some of the paths in the Peace gardens are not yet fully developed. They have been sown with toughened grass and are mowed to accommodate wheelchairs, but have taken a beating recently, as we have been very busy and this has delayed their development.. 90% of these paths will be fully wheelchair accessible once the grass has matured.

Unfortunately we have to close on a Monday to allow time for site works and maintenance which could not be carried out if the site was full of people. It is about protecting the public and ensuring their safety rather than not having to open the centre.

Thank you for mentioning your guide. Our guides are all volunteers and are incredibly passionate about the project and all that we are trying to achieve. I will pass on your comments to him.

Kind regards

Nicky Barr
CEO

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