National Battle of Britain Memorial

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Folkestone, Kent
SatNav: Region:
CT18 7JJ South East
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Memorial Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 2 Open

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What’s Here

Not strictly a museum, more an evocative memorial to the Allied aircrews of the Battle of Britain. Officially opened in July 1993, the memorial is in the shape of a giant three-bladed propeller carved into the ground, with the statue of a lone airman sitting on the propeller-boss looking out to sea. Carved on the boss are the Squadron badges of the RAF units which took part in the battle. The surrounding grassy area features a series of raised banks which give the impression of pilot’s leather flying helmet and earphones.

A visitors centre sells a range of souvenirs and refreshments. Close-by are two circular concrete areas. On one sits the Full Scale Model (FSM) of a Hawker Hurricane in the markings of 56 Sqn. On the other is a Supermarine Spitfire FSM in the markings of 72 Sqn. These ‘models’ are of very high quality and considerably enhance the experience of visiting the site.


At Capel-le-Ferne, between Folkestone and Dover. Access is from the A20 from Dover, or the M20 from Folkestone, then via the B2011.

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Opening Hours:

The car park and visitors centre are open daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last admission 4.30 pm), March to end of October; Wednesdays and weekends 10.00 am to 4.00 pm November to February. The site may be accessed on foot outside of these times.


Free, donations appreciated.


Toilets, Parking, Visitors Centre, Souvenir Shop, Access for the disabled.

Memorial wall, flagpole and cafeteria
(photo, Mitch Peeke)
Hurricane ‘Little Willie’ of 56 Sqn
(photo, Mitch Peeke)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
‘P2970’ Hawker Hurricane I BAPC.291 FSM Displayed
‘R6775’ Supermarine Spitfire I BAPC.299 FSM Displayed

FSM = Full Scale Model.

More Information

National Battle of Britain Memorial, New Dover Road, Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone, Kent. Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne

Pilot memorial viewed from the entrance
(photo, Mitch Peeke)
Pilot looking out to the sea
(photo, Mitch Peeke)
RAF Sqn badges cover the memorial base
(photo, Mitch Peeke)
Pilot memorial from the west side
(photo, Mitch Peeke)
Memorial at the rear of the car park
(photo, Mitch Peeke)

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