Royal Air Force Museum London Tours
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The Royal Air Force Museum London is home to an impressive collection of 100 aircraft including a rare life-sized model of an F-35 joint strike fighter. An array of interactive, permanent, and temporary exhibits explore different aspects of the last century of the RAF, WWI history, the role of nursing during wartime, and imagined futures.
The RAF Museum London comprises several main areas: historic hangars, one of which houses the First World War in the Air exhibit (in the Grahame White Aircraft Factory); Bomber Command Hall; and new galleries celebrating the RAF’s centenary. Many visitors come for the aircraft and Eurofighter Typhoon flight simulators, the flying experiences in the 4D theater, and the very popular Spitfire Mk XVI cockpit tour.
Some hop-on hop-off bus tickets and other tours include entrance to the museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The RAF Museum London is a must for lovers of WWI, aviation, and military history.
- Admission to the museum is free, though some experiences require a fee.
- There is an on-site café, and an outdoor picnic space and playground.
- Baby-changing facilities are available.
- The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users. It also offers a downloadable autism-friendly trail.
How to Get There
The museum is about 30 minutes from central London by Tube. Alternatively, take bus 303 from the Colindale Underground station. If driving, the museum is 10 minutes from Junction 4 of the M1; there is paid parking on-site.
When to Get There
The Royal Air Force Museum London is open from 10am to 5pm November to February and 10am to 6pm March to April, with seasonal events throughout the year. The picnic area and playground are best enjoyed in the spring and summer months. The museum can be especially busy during British school holidays.
The Royal Air Force London is a family-friendly venue with an outdoor aeronautical-themed playground and a program designed especially for preschool-aged children (2 to 5 years) that includes games, arts and crafts, songs, and stories. Check the website for session times and to book in advance.
Address: Grahame Park Way, London, United Kingdom NW9 5LL, England
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Royal Air Force Museum London
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See the highlights of the RAF Hendon Museum, learn about the history of British aviation, and hear insider stories from your guide on this private tour. Following pickup from your accommodation or nearby tube stop, head right inside the museum with your pre-booked tickets. Once inside, discover the enormous collection of aircraft, from Spitfires and Messerschmitts to hot air balloons and cruise missiles. You’ll also learn about the Battle of Britain and other historical events, and hear stories from your guide about his family’s own involvement in the field.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
This fully guided tour provides an intriguing tour of the London RAF Museum, it’s highlights and legacy. Featuring the best of Museum exhibits in addition to a one-of-a-kind thrilling opportunity to see an original Spitfire up-close, this incomparable tour experience is led by a local London professional guide and aviation enthusiast, featuring unprecedented insights into the heart of Britain’s command of the skies during some of the world’s most dramatic air battles.
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What's the best way to experience Royal Air Force Museum London?
The best ways to experience Royal Air Force Museum London are:
- London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions
- RAF Hendon Museum Private Tour
- Highlights RAF Museum London & the Battle of Britain
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