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“just brilliant!!”

The Royal Air Force Museum London
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Ranked #38 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: If you're searching for something different why not take off to Colindale and navigate your way through the history of aviation from the earliest balloon flight to the latest Eurofighter? This world-class collection of over 100 aircraft, aviation and wartime memorabilia offers a fun day out for all the family. Don't forget to visit our awe inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain. Better yet admission to the museum is free of charge. The Museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Free entrance and you basically have teh history of aviation.
A bit faraway from the centre but more than worthed a visit!!

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

...and she is not much interested in aviation. But its very informative with spectacular aircraft on display, very well laid out. I expected a bunch of Spitfires but certainly not a Messerschmitt Me 262 or an Avro Vulcan (indoor!).

When with kids steer around the gift-shop. You've been warned.

Well worth the short trip (30 min.) from central London.

Thank tplus
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

I marked this down for two reasons.
1. I arrived 8 minutes early after driving 130 miles. At the gate the conversation was.
"I'm a little early is it ok if I wait in the car park"
"No you will have to turn around and come back at 10"
"Well that's a bit stupid"
No reply just a shrug of his shoulders.
I turned around by the empty car park and parked on the foot path outside for about four minutes.
2. The lighting inside the museum is awful for taking photos, there should be more natural light than all the artificial lights.
This first encounter put a bit of a downer on the start of the day. But in the BOB hall one of the staff was fantastic and I spoke to him for a good 30 minutes.
This museum is full of information with great displays and has some wonderful aircraft and is well worth a visit as long as you don't turn up early.
It is free to get in but the car park was £4 for 6 hours.

1  Thank Cliveburkinshaw
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We thought we'd pay the museum a visit after seeing it many times when passing on the train, so we travelled by train from the East Midlands changing at Luton Airport Parkway for Mill Hill Broadway. The museum suggest they are a 15 minute walk, Google maps 25 minutes, it actually took around 25 minutes along semi busy roads but there was plenty of pavement in the most part. We suggest exiting to the right of the station (alongside the fast lines) and continuing south to avoid a extra 5 minute walk through the bus station.
The museum is free entry so close to London is great, with a suggested donation for entry, you can buy a guide book - we didn't but it may have at least had a more useful map than those dotted around the museum!
It was very easy to wander around with something interesting for everyone. None of us are plane buffs but seeing the progress and history are our Air Force was fascinating. There were plenty of staff around and various tours at different times of the day. We visited on DDay weekend and paid extra for a tank tour around the local streets - really fun!
There were plenty of clean toilets throughout the spacious museum and a couple of cafés. It was annoying that as we had a packed lunch we were forced into the same area as various school / scout groups with the accompanying noise, maybe on a brighter day we should have Gond outside.
A very worthwhile day out we would recommend at least 3 hours to have a look at everything.

Thank longdistanceman1984
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Allow at least 2 hours to see everything. They have some really interesting and in some cases one of a kind aircraft. It's very well laid out and the guided tours of the Battle Of Britain section are really worth it - we had a older gentleman that served in the RAF guiding us around. In terms of getting there, I walked from the tube station in Colindale. The walk was pleasant and easy. There are buses out of the tube station that can take you there as well. While the museum itself does not have an entry fee, I believe parking carries a fee as well as the programs and guides (they have to be supported somehow). There are also donation boxes throughout.

Thank flynnc
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