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“An excellent museum.”

Bentley Priory Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Stanmore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bentley Priory Museum, previously RAF Headquarters Fighter Command, is a site of national historical importance and from where the Battle of Britain was won. We are a small private charitable trust ensuring that the legacy of 'The One, The Few and The Many' is not lost; but appreciated, celebrated and commemorated for many years to come. Throughout the year we welcome individuals, groups, schools and corporate organisations to come and explore the splendour of this amazing Sir John Soane extended property, which has hints of Italian grandeur and where many Second World War and Cold War secrets were hidden within.
Reviewed 19 May 2014

I visited on a coach trip organised by the local branch of the British Legion so we had a guided tour by the excellent curator, as well as an excellent video presentation. The building itself is worth a visit, as are the gardens. Some of the exhibits cover the history of the building between 1760 when it was built and 1026 when it was acquired by the fairly new RAF.
This was the HQ of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, and also for D-Day.
Those exhibits remind us of how much we owe the gallant pilots as well as the controllers, ground crew etc.
Most of the property has now been developed into extremely expensive housing and the developers paid a large part of the cost of the museum (section 106).

Thank AnotherEngineer
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Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

Reached by entering a high class housing estate (ask the security guard to let you through). Check website for opening hours.
The staff were very knowledgeable (thank you I now actually understand something about how radar works).
Don't miss the beautiful stained glass windows or massive lace panel commemorating the Battle of Britain.

The exhibits are extremely interesting whether WWII or architecture are your "thing".
Still very new and lots of things which are to be developed. This however did not detract from the experience.
The mess only has basic drinks and crisps etc at time of review but was pleasant and a lovely view onto the gardens
Looking forward to returning and seeing how it changes too.

Thank ebw1969_12
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is a new museum with some fantastic exhibits. The building has been renovated to a very high standard, the rotunda is incredible to wander around. It's a pity the museum is not open more often but it is run by volunteers. The staff are very friendly and helpful, we were particularly impressed with Sharon who shared loads of interesting information with us.

Thank Eddie M
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Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

In amazing grounds with ample parking sits this amazing building and museum. The Battle of Britain was controlled from the Mansion House in WW2 and many other RAF missions.

Thank Dale M
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Not really knowing what to expect, we really enjoyed our time at Bentley Priory. The history within those walls is amazing,

This is not a massive museum with about ten rooms but the display in The Rotunda is quite awe-inspiring with a comprehensive collection of fighter command pilot portraits and medals. The film shown in Lord Dowding's office was the real highlight and made the trip worthwhile. For us, this over-shadowed everything.

The café was just a couple of trestle tables selling a few chocolate bars and coffee/tea from flasks so there's a great opportunity for improvement here.

The gardens are worth a stroll around but the "Private, Residents Only" signs can be a little off-putting.

The guides are engaging, knowledgeable and interesting but the Custodian (Keith?) is rather rude if you inadvertently get in the way of his tour group. This really let them down and from a PR perspective was a real low point of the visit - he could learn a lot about customer service.

Thank resident_nobody
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BentleyPrioryMuseum, Manager at Bentley Priory Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2014

A belated thank you for your feedback on your visit to Bentley Priory Museum. We have been developing our Cafe over the last couple of months, and the 'Make Do & Mend' trestle tables have been replaced! An extended menu will be rolled out at the end of November.

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