Duxford Aircraft Museum (Imperial War Museum at Duxford)
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
During WWII Duxford was one of the most important air bases in Britain, and planes flying from here played a major role in the Battle of Britain. Today Duxford houses the largest collection of historic aircraft in Europe, ranging from WWI vintage biplanes to Spitfires, Concorde and Gulf War jets.
The collection of planes is augmented by several special exhibits, including The American Air Museum, which boasts the largest collection of US aircraft outside America. There is also a British Aircraft Collection, Battle of Britain Exhibition, Naval Collection, Royal Anglian Regiment Museum, and tanks, trucks and artillery in the Land Warfare Hall. Finally, 'The Forgotten War' Exhibition looks at WWII in the Far East, with special attention to the war in Burma.
Duxford frequently hosts airshows and special events throughout the year. Check the museum website link in the contact details below, for event listings.
Duxford lies nine miles south of Cambridge, and regular free buses to the museum leave from Crowne Plaza and from Cambridge Railway Station in the city.
Address: Heathfield, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England, CB2 4QR
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: on the A505
OS: TL458 461
Photo Credit: Dr Richard Murray, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Duxford, St John's Church - 1.2 miles (Historic Church)
Duxford Chapel - 1.9 miles (Historic Building)
Ickleton, St Mary's Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Trumpington, St Mary & St Michael - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
Hildersham, Holy Trinity Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
Audley End House - 6.4 miles (Historic House)
Barton, St Peter's Church - 6.7 miles (Historic Church)
Saffron Walden, St Mary's Church - 6.8 miles (Historic Church)
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