Review The Spitfire Experience: My husband has a thing for Spitfires and has done for as long as I can remember. I am planning a little bit of a surprise for next year as he has a big birthday looming. when a friend told me about the new Spitfire Experience at the RAF London Museum Henden, I knew we had to go. It ended up being very good timing as we were up in London the weekend before last to test out GoBoats. Which was great fun. The museum is just a short drive away.
Made up of six large hangers there is so much to see at the Museum. The hangers are divided into different decades and has so many different types of planes. We started in hanger one which is where the main entrance is. A lot of the displays are interactive and they have really thought about some of their smaller visitors. Providing lots of play equipment to climb all over. There is also a cafe in the hanger which allowed us to stock up on drinks and sweet things before exploring the rest of the museum. Next to the cafe is probably the biggest sea plane I have ever seen. As you can probably imagine it sparked lots of interesting conversation with Monkey.
Our next step was hanger two where we saw some of the first ever flying machines. Made from wood and paper and not much else its amazing to think they ever got off the ground.
The Spitfire experience is in hanger four. By the time we got to it, it was mid afternoon. So we were really lucky to bag the last space of the day at 4.30pm. The museum is open until six so its worth noting that the Spitfire experience finishes quite a bit earlier. The session costs £10 and lasts for around fifteen minutes. While we were waiting he wandered around the rest of the hanger. It was full of planes used in the second world war. We found an area all about the Battle of Britain and its significance, you couldn’t help but feel patriotic.
At 4.30 we headed back to the Spitfire. Monkey jumped in first just to try it out. I thought it was nice of the guide to let him do that. After Hubby sat in and the tour began. I was trying to keep Kipper entertained so didn’t catch much of the information. The guide explained the planes origins and the reason for the gloss paint. He also explained the cockpit and had some props on hand. Hubby was very impressed with the level of knowledge and really enjoyed the whole experience. It was well worth the £10.
We could have easily spent a whole day there instead of the couple of hours that we did. Next time we are in London we are planning on visiting it again and seeing the hangers we missed. Especially since entrance to the museum itself is free with a suggested donation. The perfect day out for when the weathers bad or free activity during the expensive holiday season.
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