Photo: Gaius Cornelius

Fly high in the skies at Britain’s largest aviation museum. IWM Duxford takes you through the history of aviation in Britain and the Commonwealth in an extraordinary journey through time. Immortalized at the Battle of Britain airfield, you can discover the men and machines that fought in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. There are more than 200 aircraft, military motor vehicles, arms, and naval vessels for you to explore as you learn about the political and military aspects of Britain through the ages. Wander around and look at some of the most famous aircraft from both world wars.

Since Duxford is still an active airfield, you can see planes landing throughout your visit. It is easy to imagine what the scene would have been during the frenzied days of WWII where England was constantly under the threat of attack and was sending planes out by the thousands!

You can see films, documents, photographs, and more in the 1940s Operations Room that takes you back in time. You can even hear personal recollections of the Second World War in the Pacific, Far East, and even Burma. Learn how technology changed the approach to warfare in The Forgotten War. Don’t miss the Air and Sea which show how defence methods changed from the days of naval battles in WWI to modern-day subs and aircraft carriers. Stop by the American Air Museum to see the memorial to the 30,000 American airmen who died fighting from UK bases during WWII.


IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Tel: 01223 835000
Times: Summer, daily, 10am – 6pm
Winter, daily, 10am – 4pm