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Duxford is a small village (under 2000 inhabitants) in the English county of Cambridgeshire, approximately 8 miles south of Cambridge itself. It is probably best known as the location of a Second World War British and American airfield, today serving as an important branch of the Imperial War Museum.


After 1945 and the end of the war, Duxford and its airfield fell back into relative obscurity. With its employment in the making of the 1968 film The Battle of Britain, the location achieved new prominence and was subsequently purchased by the Imperial War Museum to house its aircraft collection.

Get in

By road

From London (less than 50 miles), take the M11 motorway north to Junction 10. Alternatively, routes northwards in the A1 and A10 / A505 will lead to the vicinity of Duxford - watch for signs.

By bus

A free bus service to Duxford operates Sundays and public holidays from central Cambridge.

Get around


  • Imperial War Museum Duxford [1], open daily except for 24-26 December, summer (19 March - 29 October) 10am-6pm, winter 10am-4pm, last admission 45 mins before closing, admission adults £12, seniors and students £9, disabled £8, other concessions £7 - group concessions available, free admission for children 15yrs and younger. Parking is free. - "Europe's premier aviation museum"
    • the British Aircraft Collection [2]
    • the American Air Museum in Britain [[3]] stands as a memorial to the 30,000 Americans who died flying from the UK in the Second World War. This outstanding example of contemporary British architecture (designed by Lord Foster) houses Duxford's unique collection of historic American combat aircraft including the B-17 Flying Fortress, with many suspended from the ceiling as if in flight.
    • the Battle of Britain Exhibition


  • Attend one of the several air shows staged each year at Duxford [4].


The Imperial War Museum Duxford has a number of refreshment options, including the Runway Restaurant, a café and coffee shop / kiosk.



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