Every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

11:30am, 14:30pm

IWM Duxford

£10 Adult, £8 Concession, £5 Child

Excludes admission to IWM Duxford

Explore the iconic Lancaster and its history

Wing Commander Hopcroft stands beside his Lancaster with his observer from No. 57 Squadron
Wing Commander Hopcroft, DFC with his observer, of No.57 (Lancaster) Squadron © IWM CH 8908

Explore the iconic Lancaster and its history

Join one of our expert IWM guides in a behind-the-ropes exploration of the iconic Avro Lancaster. Starting with the design of the aircraft by Roy Chadwick, you will be guided through the bomber’s illustrious history, from the celebrated Dams Raid to the controversy of ‘area bombing’ under Bomber Harris. Then enter the rear of the fuselage and learn about the heroism of the young men in Bomber Command and the harsh conditions they faced in combat.

Take a look around Duxford's Lancaster KB889 in this video. 

The Inside View experience will include a 45 minute talk outside the aircraft followed by a 10 minute session inside the rear of the aircraft.

Important information:

  • Access to the inside of the Lancaster is limited due to the nature of the aircraft.
  • Access to the aircraft is via a flight of steps and a small door with a ledge.
  • A small viewing platform is in place to allow customers to view inside the rear section of the aircraft.
  • Customers who have a concern regarding their ability to access the aircraft should contact us in advance to discuss their needs.

Social Distancing Measures

Your safety is our priority. Please take a moment to read about the social distancing measures we've put in place for this event.


This talk is aimed at an adult audience but children are welcome when accompanied by a paying adult.

Tours are subject to availability – we advise pre-booking as the tours do sell out.

Ticket does not include admission to IWM Duxford, which must be purchased separately.







(must be accompanied by a paying adult)


Personal Assistant

(one per visitor with a disability)


Prepare for your Lancaster experience

Vickers Wellington Mk Is of No. 9 Squadron in flight, 1939.
Second World War

RAF Bomber Command During The Second World War

The Royal Air Force's (RAF) bombing offensive against Nazi Germany was one of the longest, most expensive and controversial of the Allied campaigns during the Second World War. Its aim was to severely weaken Germany's ability to fight, which was central to the Allies' strategy for winning the war.
The pilot of a Handley-Page Halifax of No. 35 Squadron in his position prior to take-off at Linton-On-Ouse, Yorkshire.
Second World War

Who's Who In An RAF Bomber Crew

A Bomber Command aircrew operated as a team. Each member was mutually dependent on the others and each had a vital part to play in ensuring that the aircraft reached its target, dropped its bombs and safely returned to base. These are the key roles and responsibilities of a heavy bomber crew during the Second World War.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson with members of his crew, July 1943.
IWM TR 1127
Second World War

The Incredible Story Of The Dambusters Raid

On the night of 16-17 May 1943, Wing Commander Guy Gibson led 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, the industrial heartland of Germany. The mission was codenamed Operation 'Chastise'.