There's something for every family at IWM Duxford. 

Discover the stories of the men and women who lived and worked at RAF Duxford, walk in their footsteps across the mile long site and watch aircraft take to the skies on the historic airfield.

Learn about the Battle of Britain in it's 80th anniversary year at the airfield where fighter squadrons flew to defend the skies of Britain in 1940.

IWM Duxford. Inspiring Stories. Iconic Aircraft.

Top Family Things to Do

  • Family taking a Spitfire selfie
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    Get a selfie with a Spitfire

    Get close to amazing aircraft in our exhibit hangars! Be dwarfed by the B-52 and Concorde; get up close to the famous Second World Spitfire.

  • Children taking part in Cockpit Control at IWM Duxford
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    Measure up against fellow pilots!

    Daily in August

    Work as a team to engineer your very own cockpit. Learn how engineering and maths help improve flight safety with Cockpit Control, a fun and interactive family game.

  • Family mission d-day edition IWM Duxford in progress
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    Prepare for the Big Jump

    Daily in August

    You and your family are needed as the latest recruits of paratroopers. Family Mission: D-Day Edition is an interactive storytelling experience is based on personal stories from those who served on 6 June 1944. 

  • Boy throwing a paper aircraft inside AirSpace
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    Earn your wings this summer

    Daily in August

    Take on our pilot reflex challenges and design the perfect paper plane as you take on IWM Duxford's Flight Academy. Track your progress across the site to see if you have the range of a B-52 or can be faster than a Typhoon.

  • Girl and woman investigating an object or artefact in a box
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    Become an Aeroplane Investigator

    Daily in August

    We need your help to save IWM Duxford’s iconic aircraft! Search for the mysterious forces and microscopic beasts burrowing into pilot seats, test expert packing techniques to protect fragile objects, learn to use specialised equipment, and more!

  • Family outside at IWM Duxford
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    Enjoy our enormous space!

    There's so much space here at IWM Duxford. We have a vast range of enormous hangars, huge aircraft and a live airfield across our two mile long site. 

  • Family looking up at Concorde in AirSpace
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    Hop on the Concorde, an aeroplane faster than the speed of sound!

    Get the chance to step inside this incredible supersonic airliner. Find Concorde in AirSpace

  • Spitfires flying in the skies above Duxford
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    See aircraft fly!

    Keep your eyes peeled when you visit to see aircraft take off from our live airfield. 

    Or for two hours of guaranteed flying and commentary try out our exciting Showcase Days this summer.

     

     

  • Family looking up at the Vulcan in AirSpace
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    Walk under the belly of a Vulcan bomber

    Look up into the belly of a beast as you stand underneath this jet-powered, high-altitude strategic bomber in AirSpace.

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Book your huge day out today! We recommend that visitors book a time slot in advance for entry.

Top Tips for Visiting IWM Duxford
How long will we stay?

You can spend as much or as little time at IWM Duxford but to get the most out of your visit we recommend you spend at least half a day here – there’s six enormous hangars and more to explore. 

Check the forecast

If it’s sunny, you’ll want to enjoy our huge outdoor site– so don’t forget to bring sun cream and sunnies.

If it’s overcast or raining, bring layers. There are indoor and outdoor spaces at IWM Duxford but it can get very windy, you'll want to have a jacket to hand.

Wear sensible shoes

IWM Duxford is a huge site - it has to be to hold over 300 aircraft and objects! So wear trainers or comfy shoes as they’ll be lots of walking around.

IWM Duxford is suitable for all ages

IWM Duxford is suitable everyone from babies to grandparents. Buggies are allowed on site, however we do not have a buggy park.

It can be noisy!

With aircraft often taking off from our live airfield IWM Duxford can get very loud. So if you aren’t a fan of loud noises don’t forget to bring some ear defenders with you.

Grab a bite to eat

Visit our Armoury Cafe for some delicious food and tasty treats. You can also enjoy our outdoor picnic areas.

Eating and Drinking

Swap your Scooter for a Spitfire

We have tanks, Spitfires, a Vulcan bomber, military caravans and lots of vehicles at IWM Duxford but we don’t allow scooters, skateboards, Segway’s or skates, so please leave these at home. 

Help us keep you safe

We have limited our daily capacity, to give you even more space to explore the museum. For full details on all the changes we’ve made see our FAQs.

Home learning & resources

Family enjoying Family Mission: D-Day edition at IWM Duxford
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Home learning & resources

From spies to submarines and life on the Home Front, Imperial War Museums is bringing history into the homes of families across the world, sharing unique and personal stories from our extraordinary collections.

Discover fascinating stories about people who lived through extraordinary events in Adventures in History, our weekly video. A new episode is released every Wednesday at 2pm - subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss an episode.

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Join IWM Membership

Join IWM membership

Join IWM Membership

Help tell the stories that deserve to be heard.

With a family membership you'll get free entry to IWM Duxford on all normal admissions days.

Benefits include unlimited free admission to HMS Belfast and Churchill War Rooms, as well as subscription to member e-news and regular updates. Family memberships start from £55.

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