We had been meaning to go to Duxford for ages, but just never got around to it. There was simply always something more interesting going on in London, plus we didn’t have the convenience of a car. Now that we have a car, we were sitting around over the weekend trying to think up a day trip that would interest all of us, including Daughter. So we piled into the car and went off to Duxford. (To be fair, you don’t actually need a car to get there, but it helps.)
There are no words to describe Duxford for WWII buffs, beyond “absolutely necessary”. I saw a Spitfire fly for the first time in my life, and we also got quite close to a Junkers and an intact, most likely restored, Messerschmitt. On top of that, there were loads of Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Mustangs on display, plus any number of other really cool planes. They even have a test Concorde that you can walk through.
We didn’t even get into the specially-designated WWII hanger, since there was a special event going on that day, but we are going back in October. We also didn’t make it into the Land Warfare hanger. On the other hand, we did get to see acrobatic pilots demonstrating dog-fighting and the Spitfire. I had so much fun, I felt like a kid again. Husband had an especially fun time quizzing me on WWII history at the Battle of Britain exhibit.
One caveat though, because it is quite expensive to get in. I think it runs about 16 quid a person, 12 for concessions. Husband got in free because he’s an IWM member, and Daughter did as well, since she is under 6, so we only had to pay for me. Still, when I think of the amount of exhibits, the planes, the size of the place, and the fact that we had to bribe Daughter back into the car even though we’d been there for five hours already, I think it’s probably worth it. I should probably also mention that we took Sister-in-Law and her brother, neither of whom are plane or WWII buffs, and they had a great time too. So, yes, the entrance price is high, but it is so cool once you get in.
And yes, we’ve already planned our next trip back…