Stepping Out: RAF Museum offers spiffing good time for all the family

RAF Museum, London
RAF Museum, London

Only 45 minutes away in North London is the RAF Museum at Hendon.

With over 100 aircraft on site and lots of interactive exhibits, it’s a great family day out and your children will learn lots too.

The Milestones of Flight exhibition features some of the earliest planes ever built and the Aviation Time Line takes you through to the sleek Eurofighters of present day.

It’s possible to sit inside the cockpit of some of the planes or for £3 you can ride in a flight simulator.

Experience how it feels to be the pilot of a Eurofighter typhoon or take part in a First World War dogfight.

The Battle of Britain Hall is dedicated to the achievement of the RAF in the Second World War.

Here you can see a hurricane and a spitfire.

‘Our Finest Hour’, a 13 minute sensory show with special lighting effects, retells the story of the Battle and the Blitz.

The rattle of guns and roar of engines will bring history alive for your children.

Step inside a Boeing Chinook Helicopter or visit the 4D Theatre.

Tickets cost £4 per film which include the First World War Flying Ace, the Red Baron, a Second World War mission or experience supersonic speeds in the Ravine Race.

Aeronauts is an interactive science gallery with 50 exhibits demonstrating the basics of how aircraft fly.

Test your reaction times to see if you could be a pilot of the future or take the controls of a hang-glider.

The museum is open every day from 10-6pm. Admission is free but there is a £4 charge for up to 6 hours parking.

The car park opens at 10am. Have lunch at the Echo Alpha Tango restaurant or enjoy a coffee amidst the helicopters at the Wessex Café.

There is an indoor and outdoor picnic area. An autism friendly trail is available and can be downloaded prior to visiting.

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