Royal Air Force Museum, Barnet

Royal Air Force Museum, Barnet

Top Tourist Attractions

The Royal Air Force Museum London is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome. It includes five buildings and hangars showing the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force. It is part of the Royal Air Force Museum.

The Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum) is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome in Colindale, North London. The museum includes five buildings and hangars which showcase a series of exhibitions dedicated to the history of aviation and which celebrate and commemorate the first 100 years of the RAF and its role today.

The museum’s location was an important centre for aviation and avionics in the UK and now we continue to tell the stories of the men and women who made the RAF.

One can discover the stories of some of the most iconic RAF planes in their collections such as the Spitfire, Lancaster, Harrier, and Vulcan. Or discover the unique international collection of aircraft from around the world.

Attractions of the museum

Air Galleries:

Housing a fantastic collection of over 100 aircraft, the RAF museum has an impressive selection of planes including some of the most famous ever to have graced the skies. 

These include the Avro Lancaster S-Sugar, the only complete Hawker Typhoon, a Gnat fast jet trainer of the Red Arrows, and a Westland Sea King helicopter (once flown by Prince William), added in 2018 as part of the RAF Centenary exhibitions.

it houses unique Objects and structures from throughout the history of aviation, including two World War One hangars, a World War Two Battle of Britain exhibition, Bomber Command Hall, and a timeline of aviation history, along with multi-award-winning First World War.

4D Theatre:

Dedicated to the history of aviation and the RAF, it houses its very own 4D aviation theatre.

Experience all the thrills and exhilaration of flying with the Red Arrows by entering the Museum’s 4-Dimensional. Theatre. Combining cutting-edge 3D computer animation with the added dimension of dynamic seating and special environmental effects, you will be transported directly into the middle of the action.

In the Milestones of Flight room, glide through the history of aviation from the first-ever flight to today’s BA-style jet planes.

Historic Hangers Hall

It displays a range of aircraft. Kids can get hands-on in Aeronauts, the interactive science gallery which gives you the chance to test out low-level helicopter hanging and your reaction times.

Typhoon Simulator: 

Experience the exhilaration of flying over the beautiful Lake District in an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon. Our high-motion simulator features an HD screen, a new film, and lots of fun! One must try the full-motion flight simulator whose recreation of riding in a Eurofighter will give you the flight of your life!

Brush up on your Battle of Britain facts and let your kids be enthralled by the vast range of fighter jets. You can also learn more about all the great men and women who to this day serve in the Royal Air Force.

The Spitfire Experience London

Enjoy the unique opportunity of sitting in a genuine Second World War Spitfire. This incredible experience includes a personal guide to tell you all about the aircraft and what it would have been like to fly and sit in the pilot’s seat.

Activities at the Royal Airforce Museum

The Museum also offers throughout the year a series of free family-orientated events ranging from craft weekends to interactive story workshops and temporary exhibitions.

Discover more about the changing roles of the air force in the museum’s permanent exhibition, ‘The First World War in the Air’. This includes many personal artifacts such as medals, letters, and uniforms alongside a collection of First World War aircraft.

Restaurants & Cafe

The Royal Air Force Museum hosts a few restaurants and cafes inside. An overflow dining room, lined in rough-sawn oak boards, is used for local community events, coach parties, or other private functions. An outdoor terrace further enlivens the museum’s wider landscape.

Hendon Kitchen

It is located between the Museum’s First World War in the Air Exhibition in Hangar 2 and the RAF in An Age of Uncertainty exhibition in Hangar 6. Enjoy a wholesome platter of meals and some quick bites.

The Sunderland Café: 

An ideal stopping point for a cappuccino and a light snack is situated next to Sunderland Flying Boat in Hangar 1. Open throughout the day the Café is situated opposite the Sunderland Flying Boat.

Museum Shop: 

One can buy souvenirs from museum shops like clothing, merchandisers, jewellery, badges, toys, books, etc. And make the visit memorable.

One must visit The Royal Air Force Museum London, it’s a fantastic museum, a very interactive museum. It’s a hidden treasure in London well worth a visit and one does get a great photo opportunity of the beautiful museum, with an excellent display of aircraft that combine history and technology very impressive.