Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, Manston

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The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum is situated on one of the very few surviving airfields which participated in the Battle of Britain.

RAF Manston was the closest airfield to the enemy coast and bore the brunt of the early Luftwaffe air attacks in the long hot summer of 1940.

Permanently housed at Manston are splendid and original examples of the two World War 2 fighter aircraft which served the Royal Air Force so well in so many areas of battle both at home and overseas. The Museum exists to educate the public about the vital role that these aircraft performed during the Battle of Britain, and about the difficult period of history in which they operated. The Museum, which is largely staffed by volunteers, welcomes many visitors each year from all over the world, and provides a focal point for commemorations of and reflections on the sacrifices made during the Second World War.

We are proud that the Museum has now been part of our community for three decades and look forward to welcoming you.

Full details about the Museum can be found on our website.
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  • Not open ! Very annoying as travelled quite a way to visit as night before had shown shut but showed open this morning !  more »
  • Lovely place to visit and stay dry and free admission. Such a lot of information displayed and packed into the space. We spent a couple of hours here. The cafe is also lovely and popular with locals.  more »
  • Wonderful afternoon at the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum, was heightened by a superb Spitfire flight simulator, which my wife had previously booked. It's the closest I'm going to to flying a Spitfire, and I loved every minute of. £30 for 30 minutes. Its worth every penny. Don't be put off when your first see. It's fantastic. The museum is also a good record for a remarkable pair of machines and men and women who flew them. I'm going back as soon as I can.
  • An amazing step back in time, with a great little cafe attached. Some very rare and authentic pieces of history here. Well worth a visit.
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