The Royal Air Force Museum in Colindale in North London chronicles over 100 years of aviation history and features 60 aircraft on display.
What to see at the Royal Air Force Museum
The London Royal Air Force Museum (there is another Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford in Shropshire) has over 100 aircraft on display as well as displays about the role of the RAF.
Highlights of the museum include an exhibition about aerial combat in the First World War and aircraft including a Boulton Paul Defiant, a Hawker Typhoon, one of only two surviving Vickers Wellingtons and the Avro Lancaster bomber S-Sugar, which completed 137 missions during the Second World War.
Visiting the Royal Air Force Museum
The Royal Air Force Museum is located in Colindale in London’s northern suburbs. It is accessible by bus route 303 which runs between Colindale tube station and Mill Hill Broadway railway station. It is generally quicker to take the tube to Colindale and then the bus, rather than travelling via Mill Hill Broadway. If you have just missed the connecting bus, you can walk to the museum from Colindale tube station in around 15 minutes. The journey from central London should take a little over half an hour.
There is free admission to the Royal Air Force Museum although there is a charge if you want to sit in the cockpit of the Spitfire and also for some interactive experiences such as simulator rides. Visitors with a London Pass get a free simulator ride.
There is a lot to see here if you’re an aviation buff and you can easily spend 2–3 hours exploring the museum.