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“Military history”

The Royal Air Force Museum London
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Ranked #35 of 1,629 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Military history”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

This has to be one of my favourite museums in london, the history jusr comes alive and you can imagine what its like to be up in the air flying. I would recommend it to people of all ages.

Visited July 2014
Thank Ricardo L
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Interesting and informative”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Free entry but expensive cafe (£4 for a mediocre ham salad sandwich?)
Exhibits fascinating and some excellent examples of aircraft from both sides of the war in Europe, with emphasis given to some of the less well known branches of the services, like Pathfinders.
Many of the visual display units in the first section had broken down, and a video display in the control tower was inoperable due to an electrical fault on the day we were there, which was disappointing.
Having visited the other museum at Cosford, I was looking forward to Hendon but must confess to feeling let down.

Easy enough to find but in a heavy traffic area, excellent parking facilities ( small charge for parking)
Probably won't visit again, which is a shame because the exhibits were excellent

Visited June 2014
Thank Peter1208
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Love this place, a little out of town in Hendon but well worth the 30 mins on the Northern line to get there. Great exhibits including air sea rescue and battle of britain

Visited June 2014
Thank Dave G
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“Grown a lot in 30 years”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

I first visited this museum just after it opened. Over the last 30 years it has grown and developed into an amazing attraction. It has to be the place to visit for little boys of all ages ( and not forgetting little girls either). Its not a touch and feel museum like Coventry but the scope and scale of displays is supurb. It bought a lump to my throat when I saw some of the aircraft I used to fly and fly in when I was a humble air cadet as a teenager.

It covers everything from the formation of the RAF in 1918 to the present day and with the mock up of the F 35 Lightning 2 at least the very near future. It has more than enough depth to educate and entertain.

Covering Three halls under cover moving from era to era and type to type, it is an excellent day out. Even an aircraft nerd such as I learned something. But above all you cannot help to be amazed at the heroism of those who served and left in humble awe of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to enable us the freedoms we all enjoy today.

Visited June 2014
Thank daddycoolKent
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“Science section awesome for kids”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

really good fun place with kids on a rainy day
loads of halls with aircraft

aeronautical science great for kids - they can run around and try things hands on
only cost is minor charge for parking

Visited October 2013
Thank pbirnie
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