de Havilland Aircraft Museum
LONDON COLNEY, HERTFORDSHIRE
The site of the hall and museum is a very old one. The aircraft museum opened in 1959 to preserve and display the de Havilland Mosquito prototype on the site of its conception. There are displays of 20 de Havilland aircraft and sections, together with a comprehensive collection of de Havilland engines and memorabilia. Selective cockpits are open to enter. Education storyboard 'maze style' gives an outline history of de Havilland Enterprise. Group tours available by appointment, please see website.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open first Sun Mar-last Sun Oct, Tue-Sun and BHs 10.30-5. Group visits, 7pm-9.30pm summer (by appointment). Group visits any day (by appointment). Please check website for current opening times
Also in the area
About the area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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