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“Wonderful Collection of Aircraft” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Royal Air Force Museum London

The Royal Air Force Museum London
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US$75.03*
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
Ranked #31 of 1,568 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, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Ketton, England
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“Wonderful Collection of Aircraft”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

As a former RAF pilot, I have a natural affection for this place. However, not having been for a few years, I was a little disappointed to see it looking slightly shabby and with a dated exhibition profile. It has a wonderful collection of aircraft, but they do not seem to be presented in the form of a coherent story-line about the RAF. The BoB Hall nearly does this, but everything is a bit static and needs bringing to life in some way. In other areas, aircraft are just deposited as exhibits without any active link with role. Of course, the limiting factor is available space. Coupled with that, there appears to be a shortage of money; the roof was leaking in one of the halls and there was plastic sheeting over an aircraft's tail assembly, and buckets on the floor elsewhere. At the end of our visit, around 16.15, we tried to get a drink in the restaurant but it was closed. As a free attraction, it is well worth a visit, but IWM Duxford is, sadly, a better visitor experience.

Visited August 2014
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“Amazing day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Let's be honest. You can't go wrong with a free attraction and the RAF Museum does not disappoint. Paid just £4 to park and set an expectation of around 2-3hrs for the visit. Ended up staying nearly 4hrs! I'm amazed it wasn't busier, considering it was the school holidays. Arrived about midday so didn't rush around the halls.

Lots of interesting displays and wonderfully displayed information. A real treat.

Visited August 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

This was a new museum to me. Didn't know it existed (everybody seems to go to Duxford). This was part of visit for Air cadets. I found it an excellent museum with plenty of aircraft. Nicely laid out. The Battle of Britain Hall was particularly good with exhibits of German aircraft included. Free entry and plenty of free parking. Well worth a visit

Visited August 2014
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“Great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Packed full of good stuff to look at and makes a good day out. May be best to call ahead as we had one failed attempt to visit and turned up to find it closed.

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“Don't go late in the day”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

We made the mistake of going later in the day and it was not a great experience customer service wise. It seemed everyone wanted to go home and the interactive experiences were closed up. Tons and tons of planes to look at. Poor food, so definately don't plan on eating there.

It is FREE but a bit of a treck to get to it, we took the train and the bus.

Visited July 2014
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