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The Royal Air Force Museum London

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Address: Grahame Park Way | Colindale, London NW9 5LL, England
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+44 20 8205 2266
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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If you're searching for something different why not take off to Colindale...

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.

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An amazing aviation museum

The museum is a half mile from the Colindale Underground Station. This is one of the best aviation museums that I have visited. I was surprised that it was free, although they... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is a half mile from the Colindale Underground Station. This is one of the best aviation museums that I have visited. I was surprised that it was free, although they do have a donation box. I was there in November, not a very touristy month, and it seemed like a lot of the museum was closed for renovation.... More 

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La Coruna, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even if you are not a fan of planes or aviation, this is an unmissable museum. With free entry (althoug a charity is sugested), it has four hangars (one currently closed due to refurbishment) full of planes from different periods and characteristics, plus really interesting information about RAF and aviation, videos and many other objects, such as cars, motorbikes, clothes...... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The evaluation of military aviation , space the aeronautics and the shows are fascinating for the children ,They liked the rocket simulators as well.Model aircraft and parts where you can interact and learn the technology charmed all of us at family ,Nice souvenir shop as well

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We travelled as a family to this museum and it exceeded all expectations. Our boys are all interested in flying and eldest is In the Air Cadets. They all did the Spitire experience which was £10 each but worth the one to one experience. They also used the 4D cinema experience and the extensive gift shop. We have taken part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went back here after 30 year gap. The collection is staggering, with so many aircraft from all eras and many countries. (The website lists them all). We attended out of the main tourist season, so we were able to drive up and park easily. Less easily reached by public transport. Flat access all round, so wheelchair friendly. It's clearly of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is a must for anyone interested in aircraft or history. There is really too much to tell, but you need to spend a day there, - AND these is a very resonable canteen where you can have lunch. There are planes from very early in aviation history, right up to modern times.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Other than the Smithsonian, the best avaiation museum on our planet. Three huge hangers filled with actual aircraft from pre-WWI through the Cold War. Also, a separate smaller hange displaying only WWI aircraft. Small placards at each aircraft give the airplane's history & performance parameters. Lastly, don't miss the gift shop with reasonably priced, books, models, and momentoes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not really my type of thing but decided i would give it a try and go in with an open mind as if you don't try out new things you don't know if you will like them or not and if you don't like it nothing lost and you don't have to go again. The museum itself was well set... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Because this museum deals with such an esteemed and important subject, my review is difficult to write. The content of the museum (planes, exhibits, etc.) is beyond comparison to any I have ever known. The problem is that there is no rhyme, continuity or reason to the way it is displayed. In the same area are biplanes under supersonic jets,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just went here and had an awesome time. this was a great place to take a bored little boy. We did the extra spitfire experience and he loved it. he also loved the Vulcan and other giant planes here. If you're at all into airplanes this is a fun place to spend a few hours.

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