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Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum is situated on one of the very few surviving airfields which participated in the Battle of Britain. Permanently housed at Manston are splendid restored examples of the two principal World War 2 fighter aircraft which served the Royal Air Force so well in so many areas of conflict both at home and overseas. You can now gain an insight into flying the Spitfire on our Spitfire Simulator.
01843 821940 The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum Website
National Museum of The Royal Navy At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Explore Nelson’s legendary warship aboard HMS Victory, discover the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet in HMS Warrior, and delve into one of only three surviving British warships from the First World War still in existence in HMS M.33. Walk in the footsteps of historic sailors with picturesque views across the harbour surrounded by some of the most famous ships in naval history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
023 9283 9766 National Museum of The Royal Navy Website
Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum
In the heart of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum displays the story of civilian and military aviation in the East of England from early days through to modern times. With over 60 aircraft, some cockpits to access, flight simulators to fly and thousands of artefacts, the museum shop and NAAFI Café provide a great family day out.
01986 896644 Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum Website
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is located in a corner of the former Tangmere airfield, famed as an RAF fighter station from 1918 until Fighter Command left in 1958. Exhibiting the history of aircraft and personnel involved in military aviation with particular reference to RAF Tangmere and its unique place in that history. Serving as a memorial to those allied airmen and airwomen who gave their lives in the service of this country.
01243 790 090 Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Website
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
Step back in time to a WW2 Bomber Command airfield and experience some of the greatest planes in history. The Centre is a living and breathing history experience with the sights and sounds of a wartime airfield and a running Lancaster and Mosquito. We are the home of Lancaster NX611 "Just Jane".
01790 763207 Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre Website
Combined Military Services Museum
Discover the secret worlds of Spies, their weapons, gadgets and disguises. Learn about WW2’s Special Operation Executive (S.O.E), about British Special Forces and their brave, daring operations. The aim of the Combined Military Services Museum is to display artefacts from Britain’s proud military history, for the education and enjoyment of both present and future generations.
01621 841826 Combined Military Services Museum Website
Royal Engineers Museum
Visit Kent’s largest military museum to discover how the Royal Engineers have helped the British Army live, move and fight for over 300 years. With highlights including 25 Victoria Crosses, Wellington’s map of Waterloo, Chard’s weapons from the Zulu War, an amazing collection of bridge laying tanks, Chinese silks, the world’s first guided torpedo, Indian battle axes, a huge piece of the Berlin Wall, Zulu shields, a Harrier Jump Jet and a deadly V2 rocket.
01634 822839 Royal Engineers Museum Website
The Channel Island Military Museum
The Channel Islands Military Museum is housed in a former 10.5cm gun bunker which once formed part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defences along the coastline of St Ouen’s Bay, Jersey. The collection contains a lifetime’s work of collecting German Occupation items and related militaria. The collection allows visitors the opportunity artefacts both military and civilian that help tell the story of the five long years of German occupation.
07797 732072 Damian Horn Website
Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger
Fly a Spitfire from Biggin Hill and re-live the emotion of RAF pilots as they carried out their missions in WWII. Take the controls of our veteran two-seater Spitfires, hear the sound of the Rolls-Royce Merlin and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Fly over locations including The Weald of Kent, Leeds Castle, Beachy Head and White Cliffs of Dover. We are a working hangar, all visits and tours must be booked in advance.
01959 576767 Darren Day Website
The REME Museum preserves the heritage of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Formed in 1942 to meet the demands of World War Two, REME exists “to keep the punch in the Army’s fist” – Montgomery of El-Alamein. They keep the army moving forward in all conditions. That proud heritage is revealed in their museum. With seven galleries to explore and many interactives to keep you busy, there is lots to see and do.
01249 894 869 REME Museum Website
493rd Bomb Group Museum
Debach Airfield, Suffolk. The home of Helton's Hellcats, Station 152 USAAF 1944 - 1945 "The Last but the Best". Debach was one of the last 8th Air Force heavy bomber stations to be occupied by the American 8th Army Air Force. We have 6 WW2 buildings full of displays including 20 WW2 military vehicles. The museum is privately owned and was started 20 years ago by Richard Taylor.
07850 078 432 493rd Bomb Group Museum Website
Armourgeddon Military Museum
At Armourgeddon Military Museum, you will find a wide variety of military exhibits including; tanks & artillery, rifles, interactive displays, WWII scenes, a large number of military vehicles to view and one that you can even climb inside, as well as a Normandy Café serving light refreshments.
01858 880239 Armourgeddon Military Museum Web Site
Army Flying Museum
The Army Flying Museum, located next to the Army Air Corps airfield, Middle Wallop, Hampshire, holds an extensive collection including over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft.Imaginative displays and a clever use of interactives and video offer a fascinating insight into the history of British Army flying from the pioneering days of balloons through to modern day helicopter operations.
01264 781086 Army Flying Museum Website
Castletown D-Day Centre
Castletown D-Day Centre is an authentic recreation of the busy wartime dockyard on the Isle of Portland, from which in 1944, thousands of American troops of the 5th US Corps and the US 1st infantry, embarked, bound for the heavily defended beaches of Nazi occupied France. Castletown D-Day Centre offers a unique chance to remember the important role played by the port of Portland during the Allied invasion of northern France and the great bravery of the thousands of American, British and allied troops that departed that day, so many of whom would lose their lives protecting our freedom.
01305 443444 Chris Webb Website
Cobbaton Combat Collection
Eden Camp Modern History Museum
Step back in time to an original prisoner of war camp and experience the sights, sounds and smells of WW2 and beyond! Eden Camp Modern History Museum is a vast site full of history; we bring to life the tales of the past through first-hand memories and living history re-enactments. Get involved as a volunteer with Eden Camp Heritage Restorations, preserving our heritage from WW2 to modern day.
Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
01653 697777 Eden Camp Website
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
At Hack Green you will be transported into the chilling world of the Cold War. Re-built in the 1980’s at a cost of over £32 million, it was transformed into the blast-proof headquarters you can explore today. Previously classified, you can see the government’s preparations for nuclear war and step into the lives of those who worked here. See the Minister of State’s office, life support, communication centre, decontamination facilities, telephone exchange and much more. Hack Green is the home to the largest public display of nuclear weapons in Europe.
07702 314814 Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker Website
Imperial War Museum London
IWM London tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war from WW1 to conflicts today. Find out more about fighting on the front line and life at home 100 years ago in our First World War Galleries. Explore key moments of the Second World War in Turning Points 1934–1945 and discover some of the more unexpected objects from our collections in Curiosities of War. Visit our award-winning exhibition on The Holocaust and explore stories of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery.
0207 416 5000 Imperial War Museum Website
IWM Duxford played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in 20th century history - serving as a base for many of the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots during the Second World War. Inside every hangar and exhibition - and outside them too - there are hundreds of military aircraft, vehicles, boats and more. Walk around them, inside them, above and below them and get the chance to see aircraft take off from our historic runway.
0207 0913067 IWM Duxford Website
Jersey War Tunnels
Discover a story you will never forgot. A unique exhibition housed in the original tunnels built by the Germans using slave and forced labour during World War 2. Explore the story of life in Jersey during the German occupation. The hardship, the heartache and the heroism, in the words of the people who were there.
01534 860808 Jersey War Tunnels Website
Kent Battle of Britain Museum
On the historic former RAF Hawkinge near Folkestone, the museum holds the most important collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country. Aircraft, vehicles, weapons. Flying equipment, prints and relics from over 700 British and German crashed aircraft. Beverages and snacks, shop, free parking.
01303 893140 Kent Battle of Britain Museum Website
Muckleburgh Military Collection
The Muckleburgh Military Collection is the UK's largest privately owned working military collection with 25 tanks all in working order. At Weybourne Camp in Norfolk, we display tanks, armoured cars, bombs, artillery and missiles used by the allied armies during World War II.
It incorporates the Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry Museum of uniforms, weapons, photographs and documents, RAF Reconnaissance and Air Sea Rescue and Marine Craft.
01263 588210 Muckleburgh Military Collection Website
Norfolk Tank Museum
The Norfolk Tank Museum is an independent museum housing a collection of military vehicles, weapons and militaria including Deborah II, the replica Mk IV Tank as seen on Channel 4's documentary - Guy Martin's WWI Tank. We are a hands on museum, were you can climb inside and experience the confirmed space and atmosphere of the crew turret.
01508 532650 Norfolk Tank Museum Website
The D-Day Story
The D-Day Story is the only UK museum dedicated to telling the story of 6th June 1944 through exhibits, interactives and video from the perspective of those who were there. Divided into three distinct parts the museum includes access onboard LCT 7074, the last surviving landing craft tank which carried ten tanks to Normandy and the impressive 83 metre Overlord Embroidery.
023 9288 2555 The D-Day Story Website
The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life, with the world’s finest collection of tanks displayed in awe-inspiring, modern exhibitions. The museum houses 300 tanks, representing key battles from every major conflict since WWI. Our exhibitions tell the story of this British invention featuring moving stories from the soldiers that fought in them.
01929 405096 The Tank Museum Website