IWM Duxford

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DUXFORD, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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This remarkable museum tells the story of the impact aviation had on the nature of war, on people’s lives and on the history of the region. Duxford is Britain’s best-preserved World War II fighter station, and has seven impressive hangars – some with listed building status – filled with an extraordinary collection of aircraft and vehicles. Here you can see around 200 aircraft, naval vessels and military vehicles, plus sections dedicated to the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Anglian Regiment. Books and photographs help tell the story of Britain at war. If you are lucky, you may catch an air show; they are a regular feature among the special events. New for 2016 is the transformed American Air Museum, telling the story of two nations united through war, loss, love and duty, from the First World War to the present day. Hear the personal stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war, get up close to the aircraft with which they were linked and see intriguing personal objects, many of which have never before been on display.

IWM Duxford
DUXFORD,Cambridge,CB22 4QR
Phone : 01223 835000

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Wheelchair available - phone in advance, ramps, lifts
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open daily from 10 including Bank holidays

About the area

Discover Cambridgeshire

To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.

Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.

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