Battle of Britain

IWM Duxford
Home of the spitfire

Explore how Britain’s air defences developed from the First World War through to the Cold War, and discover how the RAF defended its skies during key battles in the Second World War.

In the Duxford’s People in the Battle of Britain exhibition, explore the personal stories of seven people who served at RAF Duxford during this famous aerial battle. RAF Duxford was pivotal in the Battle of Britain. The first Spitfires flew from the airfield that is still in use today.

Dunkirk Spitfire

Spitfire Mk.Ia (N3200) was shot down on its first and only operation from Duxford as it led the squadron on a patrol to cover the Dunkirk evacuation. This Spitfire was lost for 50 years before returning to IWM Duxford for restoration. Now fully repaired, this Spitfire is on display in the Battle of Britian exhibit, open daily to explore.



IWM Duxford,
CB22 4QR
Free parking

Junction 10 of the M11 motorway

Nearest train stations are Whittlesford, Royston and Cambridge

Open 10am - 6pm every day

Last admission 5pm