IWM Duxford’s historic site includes a vast range of enormous hangars, gigantic aircraft, a live airfield and a wide collection of personal stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to present day.

There’s so much to see at IWM Duxford, we recommend spending a minimum of half a day on site, though many visitors stay a full day.

Below, explore our different displays and exhibitions, take a look at our Duxford highlights and discover more about planning your visit, safety and facilities on site.

Exhibitions and Displays

Battle of Britain Exhibition
Permanent display

NEW Battle of Britain

IWM Duxford
Permanent

The Ops Block: Battle of Britain
Permanent display

NEW Battle of Britain: Ops Block

IWM Duxford
Permanent

View of inside of AirSpace exhibit
©IWM
Permanent display

AirSpace

IWM Duxford
Permanent

Inside the American Air Museum
©IWM
Permanent display

American Air Museum

IWM Duxford
Permanent

Paint shop worker
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Permanent display

Conservation in Action

IWM Duxford
Permanent

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF and Supermarine Spitfire (N3200) Mk.Ia
©IWM
Permanent display

Flying Aircraft

IWM Duxford
Permanent

De Havilland Sea Vixen
©IWM
Permanent display

Air and Sea

IWM Duxford
Permanent

Land Warfare at IWM Duxford
Permanent display

Land Warfare

IWM Duxford
Permanent

Dragon Rapide flying over IWM Duxford
©Classic Wings
Activities & experiences

Flight Experiences

IWM Duxford
Permanent

Inside the Historic Duxford Exhibition watch room
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Permanent display

Historic Duxford


Permanent

Things to do with your family

There's something for every family at IWM Duxford. Learn something new, explore personal stories of those who served here and get up close to world famous aircraft. 

 

  • Spitfire Cockpit
    Learn about Battle of Britain

    Visit our newly opened exhibition and try out our replica Spitfire cockpit, take a closer peek into a Hurricane on our viewing platform, step inside an air raid shelter and take watch at our Observer Corps post, as you learn about the Battle of Britain.

  • Sir Captain Tom at 100 Display
    Captain Sir Tom at 100

    See one hundred of the cards Captain Tom received on his milestone birthday on display in Land Warfare. Then walk through a landscape of war on land during the 20th century including Burma, where Captain Tom served during the Second World War.

  • Spitfire mk1 AR213 taking off
    © IWM
    See aircraft fly!

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

Hear from IWM Duxford visitors

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Hear from IWM Duxford visitors

IWM Duxford is full of surprises; see historic aircraft take to the skies from our live runway, walk through iconic aircraft and get up close to over a century of aviation.

Visit Europe’s largest air museum.

STORIES ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

Make the most of your visit to IWM Duxford with our free digital guide. Uncover even more stories and photographs about the people and objects featured in our new Battle of Britain and Ops Block exhibitions.

Safety Information

The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.  

Coronavirus information
Read our safety information and frequently asked questions.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

  • Visit Planning Point

    Located in AirSpace, the Visit Planning Point is the best place to start your experience at Duxford.

    Find out what's happening around the site on the day of your visit, pick up maps, meet our volunteers and plan how to make the best of your time at our historic airfield.

    Download the IWM Duxford Visitor Map 

  • Duxford Highlights Trails

    With seven major exhibitions, Duxford is packed with must-see highlights. We've created a set of trails to help you make the most of your visit.

    Pick up these leaflets from the Visit Planning Point. Or download them to plan your visit before you arrive.

    Battle of Britain Trail >

    Top 5 Aircraft >

    Top 5 Stories >

    Top 5 Activities >

  • Eating and Drinking

    In light of the Coronavirus pandemic we have had to make some changes to the food offer at IWM Duxford.

    The Armoury café, which is located next to the visitor centre will be open for snacks and refreshments, operating a limited dine in and a takeaway service. The American Café will be open for take away snacks, but the Workshop Restaurant will remain closed. 

    Eating and drinking

  • Shopping at IWM Duxford

    Our shop will be open and customers will be free to browse products as normal. We ask that customers use a hand sanitisation station before and after doing so. We will not be able to accept cash, but you can still pay by card.

    Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. 

    Shop in branch or online.

    Visit the online shop

  • Cash Machines

    Please be aware that there are no cash machines on site. All our cafés, shops and ticketing desks accept card payments. Our flight simulator requires cash.

  • Lockers and luggage

    We are unable to store items of luggage or motorbike helmets and clothing. Please keep all of your belonging with you at all times and report any suspicious items to a member of staff.

  • Donations

    IWM is a charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections you can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.

  • Filming and Photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods in our hangars and historic buildings. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.  

  • Information for Pilots

    IWM Duxford operates a live airfield which is strictly ‘Prior Permission Required’ (PPR) by telephone. For more information regarding landing at IWM Duxford including opening hours and landing fees, please see the information provided on the link below.  

  • Visitor Map

    To help you plan your visit in advance, please download a copy of the site map.

    Download a site map

  • Enrich your visit with Bloomberg Connects

    As you explore Duxford, you can use this guide to delve deeper into the stories we feature in each of our hangars. 

    Use it to find out what there is to see, our must-sees and to access an interactive IWM Duxford Map.

    Bloomberg Connects is available to download on the App Store and Google Play. 

The Historic Duxford building is currently closed to visitors. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact customer services.