Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

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Key Facts

Location:
Manston Airfield, Kent
SatNav: Region:
CT12 5DF South East
Country:
United Kingdom
Admission:
Public
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 2 Open

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What’s Here

Two immaculately restored classic fighters in a superb purpose-built memorial building, (formerly known as the Hurricane and Spitfire Memorial Building). Around the aircraft are comprehensive displays telling the story of the air combat over Kent and during World War Two. The cafe gives good views of the activity at the airport. Located next door is the RAF Manston History Museum.

Directions

On the A253, west of Ramsgate, Kent. Adjacent to the RAF Manston History Museum.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm BST, late March to late October; daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm GMT, late October to late March. Closed December 24-27 and December 31-January 2.

Admission:

Free but donations appreciated.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled.

Spitfire XVI TB752 (photo, Dan Lord) Spitfire cockpit (photo, Dan Lord)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
‘BN230’ Hawker Hurricane II LF751 Complete Displayed
TB752 Supermarine Spitfire XVI TB752 Complete Displayed

More Information

RAF Manston Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Trust, The Memorial Museum, The Airfield, Manston Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 5DF. Tel: 01843 821940. Website: Official website.

Right side of Hurricane ‘BN230’
(photo, Dan Lord)
Front view of the Hurricane
(photo, Dan Lord)
Restored Rolls-Royce Merlin engine
(photo, Dan Lord)
An original Merlin engine
(photo, Dan Lord)
The Hurricane is cannon-armed
(photo, Dan Lord)
Weapons display under the Hurricane wing
(photo, Dan Lord)

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8 thoughts on “Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

  1. Ivisited the Museum recently, and it was an amazing experience. But for a few people, who seem dedicated, all that I saw would be lost forever. I didnt even know the place existed ,except by accident. Knew about the Spitfire Museum, then found Kent Manston Museum,It was well worth the pound , and should be five pounds entrance. Good luck to all that contribute, and look after the exhibits, I will certainly be going for another visit soon !!!!

  2. My wife and I visited this Memorial Museum when they had the flying display at the end of May.
    They did a sterling job in the running of the display with commentary, considering the display aircraft have to fit in around the cargo flight schedules.
    The Museum is well worth the visit with the friendly, helpful and approachable dedicated staff.
    This is our history and we need to keep, preserve and exhibit as much as we can for our future generations.
    We certainly will be revisiting the museums and also make an appointment to visit the fire museum across the road!!!

  3. I used to cycle to the museum most weekends with my mates and we were left to run the place ( circa 1983 ish when we were 12-13-14 ) because of this we used to be allowed to sit in TB752 and the canbera that used to sit to the right of the museum ( never got to go in the javelin that was on the left ) we also, on the odd occasion, got to make a few international calls from the PBX exchange that sat almost opposite the museum, before all the IRA security crack downs when all that innocent fun ended. I also remember when TB752 was just Manstons mascot sat across the road from where the museum is now. Lots of happy school boy days.

  4. Went there on 5August 2010, combining it with a visit to RAF Manston Museum (just across the car park). An excellent set of displays not only of the two aircraft but also of related material and some not so related but equally fascinating such as the valiant attempt by Fairey Swordfish (“Stringbags”) to halt the Channel Dash of a good part of the German fleet in WWII. And not only military stuff: packaging and other material from the era helps fill out the picture and there’s a good souvenir shop there as well as the Merlin Cafe. Not to be missed and a full day out when combined with RAF Manston Museum.

  5. I went to the museum recently. There was an exhibit there about a 24yrold german pilot and pieces of his plane recovered from his crash site. Can anybody tell me his name?

  6. In a word “Brilliant”. Make sure you take time out to find this hidden gem at Manston in Thanet all the way in East Kent. You could combine it with a visit to the beaches at Westgate, Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate – all not to be missed for sure.

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