RAF Museum, Hendon (10/10/16)

Another Watford family recommended the RAF Museum in Hendon for a rainy day. It’s a huge indoor complex down the A41, and easily reachable by car in 20-30 mins, depending on traffic. It’s also free (though the large car park is pay-and-display)!

img_20160918_123301
An F4 Phantom.

The planes are arranged throughout a series of hangers. There’s all types to get up close to, from a Spitfire to modern fighters like a Tornado F3, as well as helicopters next to the café area. We had a drink before looking round: a nice touch having the seating out amongst the exhibits, which made it great for kids who don’t fancy sitting around for too long (also great for buggy parking!)

img_20160918_123144
The spacious café next to the helicopters.
img_20160918_123020
A Lancaster bomber.
img_20160918_123211
A search and rescue helicopter.

After looking at some of the planes we moved onto the interactive area for kids. This had loads of fun/educational things about flight and physics, a lot of which were for older children, but our little one loved climbing inside the small helicopter and trying out the ‘bombing run’ with the model plane-on-rails (we forgot to take any snaps here!).  We spent a good 20 minues here, but generally this section was looking a little tired and in need of TLC (unlike the planes, which all looked immaculately kept).

img_20160918_123358
The Spitfire: visitors can sit in the cockpit for an an additional charge.

There’s loads to see and our little one was flagging after an hour: if you want to fit in all the exhibits with children it’s probably sensible to come more than once!

There were also clean and spacious baby changing facilities – another incentive to come again!

RAF Museum, Hendon

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.