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Military, Defence & Aviation Museums West Hoathly

Included below are Military, defence & aviation museums, such as Marlipins Museum in West Hoathly. Collections of armour, weapons, photographs and memorabilia can be discovered at our Military and defence museums. Britain's Finest Aviation centres and museums house collections, depicting the history of aviation including warplanes, research and development aircraft, military transport, aero-engines, rockets and missiles.

Marlipins Museum

Marlipins Museum, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea 19.4 miles away


We are willing to bet very few people who set foot in the West Sussex seaside town of Shoreham-by-Sea have any idea that they are standing in the birthplace of the silent movie. Where most people would assume the cradle of movie-making was Hollywood,... more

National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory

National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, Romney Road, London, London

Romney Road, Greenwich, London 28.1 miles away


The National Maritime Museum tells the story of Britain´s adventures at sea with features on voyages of exploration, liners, historic events and environmental issues. A golden royal barge, good children's gallery, lots of ship models, globes, charts... more

National Army Museum

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, London

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London 28.6 miles away


At the National Army Museum, discover the colourful story of the British Army and how the men and women who have served in it have lived and fought, from the middle ages, through two world wars, to the present day. Find out the facts behind some of... more

IWM London

IWM London, Lambeth Road, London, London

Lambeth Road, London 29.1 miles away


IWM London is temporarily closed until July 19, 2014. When it reopens, it will relaunch to mark the First World War Centenary with ground-breaking new First World War Galleries and a newly configured atrium displaying iconic large objects. For more... more

Royal Artillery Museum - Firepower

Royal Artillery Museum - Firepower, Royal Arsenal, London, London

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London 29.4 miles away


The Royal Artillery Museum - Firepower, is housed in the historically secret Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. `Firepower´ tells the history of artillery from slingshot to shell and from rocket to missile. Alongside the huge guns see gunners´ uniforms,... more

Tower of London

Tower of London, Tower Hill, London, London

Tower Hill, London 29.9 miles away


The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by William the Conquerer in 1066-7, is one of the world´s most famous fortresses, and one of... more

Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection, Hertford House, London, London

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London 30.8 miles away


Both a national museum and the finest private art collection ever assembled by one family. It was bequeathed to the nation by Sir Richard Wallace´s widow in 1897 and is displayed on three floors of Hertford House. Unsurpassed collections of French... more

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex

Tangmere, Chichester 32.7 miles away


The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is situated on the old RAF Tangmere airfield. During WW2 it served as one of Britain´s front line fighter bases and after the war was home to the World Speed Record breaking aircraft of the High Speed Flight. The... more

Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens

Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens, Salthill Road, Chichester, West Sussex

Salthill Road, Fishbourne, Chichester 36.7 miles away


Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens in West Sussex is the largest Roman home in Britain, a lavish residence fit for royalty. Sign up for a guided tour and let the experts talk you through this fascinating historic site, unearthed as recently as 1960.... more

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, Fort Nelson, Fareham, Hampshire

Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham 49.3 miles away


Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting the great naval harbour of Portsmouth in Hampshire and its Royal Dockyard from a feared French invasion. Covering nearly 19 acres and now fully... more

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth 49.3 miles away


This fascinating museum in Portsmouth focuses on the dramatic unfolding of Operation Overlord, the codename for the Normandy Landings, via the medium of embroidery. The city of Portsmouth was at the very heart of these operations and the site is home... more

Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth 49.3 miles away


Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1544 to protect Portsmouth Harbour. Over the centuries it´s defences were strengthened and in the 19th century a tunnel was built to defend the Castle moat.... more

Chelmsford Museum

Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford 50.0 miles away


From Ice Age mammal remains to local family politics, the Chemsford Museum in Essex covers the history of the area is fascinating detail. Learn about King John’s hunting lodge at Writtle, the medieval Dominican Friary at Moulsham, Pleshey Castle,... more

Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, 18 High Street, Canterbury, Kent

18 High Street, Canterbury 51.3 miles away


From ancient Egyptian artefacts to objects from history originating in the east Kent area, the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in the heart of the city of Canterbury is stuffed with wonderful exhibits. Archaeologists have been exploring the... more

Kent Battle of Britain Museum

Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Aerodrome Road, Folkestone, Kent

Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge, Folkestone 52.6 miles away


Most important collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country - aircraft, vehicles, weapons, flying equipment, prints, relics from over 600 crashed Battle of Britain aircraft.... more

The Gurkha Museum

The Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Winchester, Hampshire

Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester 54.9 miles away


The indisputably brave and often heroic Ghurkas have received a higher profile recently than in the past thanks to actress Joanna Lumley’s fight for their rights to live in the UK but still little is known about this Nepalese branch of the British... more

Wardown Park Museum

Wardown Park Museum, Old Bedford Road, Luton, Bedfordshire

Old Bedford Road, Luton 58.7 miles away


Situated in beautiful Wardown Park.At the Wardown Park Museum you can explore the development of Luton from pre-history to the present day. Highlights include the Luton Life Gallery, the nationally important Lace Collection and the Bedfordshire and... more

Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky Museum, Albert Road South, Southampton, Hampshire

Albert Road South, Southampton 59.3 miles away


The Solent Sky Museum depicts the history of aviation in the Solent area and Hampshire. An important area for aircraft experimental and development work for civil and military aircraft operations. The museum tells the story of 26 aircraft companies,... more

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Building

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Building, The Airfield, Ramsgate, Surrey

The Airfield, Manston Road, Ramsgate 63.9 miles away


The Memorial Building houses wartime Spitfire & Hurricane fighter aircraft together with an ever expanding display of original and emotive memorabilia from the 1939-1945 war periods. Battle of Britain Tapestry. ´Dambusters´ and ´Channel Dash´... more

Museum of Army Flying

Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Middle Wallop, Stockbridge 66.0 miles away


The Museum of Army Flying: Flying Soldiers! The heroic story of the army in the air from 19th century observation balloons to attack helicopters! The Museum is home to a national collection of military kites, World War 2 gliders, aeroplanes and... more

IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Cambridge 70.8 miles away


Imaginations take flight at IWM Duxford. Put yourself in the pilot seat and discover Britain’s best-preserved Second World War fighter station, alongside iconic aircrafts including the Spitfire, Concorde and Blackbird spy plane. In fact there are... more

Shuttleworth Collection

Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade 71.0 miles away


The Shuttleworth Collection is in a quiet countryside setting on an old fashioned all grass aerodrome with eight hangars. These hangars comprise an aeroplane engineering workshop, a garage and coachroom, and the remainder house the world famous... more

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery, Guildhall Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Guildhall Road, Northampton 88.0 miles away


The Northampton Museum & Art Gallery houses Northampton´s famous collection of boots and shoes, the largest in the world. The displays show the history of shoemaking and how fashions have changed over a hundred years, with examples that include... more

The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Wareham, Dorset

Bovington, Wareham 98.5 miles away


The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life, supported by the world’s best collection of armoured vehicles and action packed live displays. As you explore the Museum’s six large halls, you will come face to face with tanks that... more

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum: East Anglia´s Aviation Heritage Centre

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum: East Anglia´s Aviation Heritage Centre, Buckeroo Way, Bungay, Suffolk

Buckeroo Way, The Street, Flixton, Bungay 113.2 miles away


60 Historic aircraft, 25,000 other exhibits reflecting civil and military aviation from the pioneer years through two World Wars to the present day. Special displays including Boulton & Paul, World War II Decoy Sites, Link Trainers, cameras, uniforms... more

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Nottingham 137.9 miles away


Situated high above the city, Nottingham Castle is a 17th century Mansion built over 300 years ago, on the site of a medieval castle originally built by William the Conqueror. A vibrant museum that houses a range of collections including historic and... more

The Muckleburgh Military Collection

The Muckleburgh Military Collection, Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk

Weybourne, Holt 138.6 miles away


The Muckleburgh Military Collection is named after Muckleburgh Hill at the foot of which the former Weybourne Military Camp is situated. Weybourne has long been a site for the repulse of invasion from Roman and Viking times to the threat of the... more

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, Derbyshire

The Strand, Derby 141.8 miles away


From retrospectives on Lowry to critiquing local scriptwriters’ work, it’s all going on at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. The museum, in the heart of the city, is home to some major national and international collections. Find out about the... more

Newark Air Museum

Newark Air Museum, Drove Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark 143.0 miles away


The Newark Air Museum is open every day (except Christmas and New Year) with half the aircraft and cockpit sections displayed under cover, along with artefact and engine displays agreat day out no matter what the weather. Currently there are 74... more

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire

Cosford, Shifnal 146.0 miles away


The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the UK with 70 historic aircraft on display in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. A major feature of this unique exhibition is... more

Castle Cornet

Castle Cornet, Castle Emplacement, St Peter Port, Guernsey

Castle Emplacement, St Peter Port 155.2 miles away


There’s a lot of bang for your buck at Guernsey’s Castle Cornet, what with five museums to get around plus some exploring of the castle’s turrets for wonderful views across the docks and over to the mainland. The castle is the island’s ancient... more

La Valette Underground Military Museum

La Valette Underground Military Museum, La Valette, St Peter Port, Guernsey

La Valette, St Peter Port 155.5 miles away


La Valette German Underground Museum is an exhibition illustrating Guernsey´s military history, including WWI, the German Occupation 1940-45 and the island´s Militia. Set in air-conditioned tunnels, originally built by the German´s as a fuel storage... more

Borough Museum & Art Gallery

Borough Museum & Art Gallery, Brampton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Brampton Road, Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme 163.7 miles away


Local museums do a great service in preserving the history of their towns and Borough Museum and Art Gallery features exhibitions that talk about the Newcastle-Under-Lyme stretching back 2000 years. Tucked away in Brampton Park a half mile away from... more

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon, The Square, Barnstaple, Devon

The Square, Barnstaple 173.8 miles away


The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon: The Museum tells the story of North Devon, and its historic centre Barnstaple, the wildlife, history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day. Discover river life in the Tarka Gallery, and 'swim'... more

Cannon Hall Museum, Park & Gardens

Cannon Hall Museum, Park & Gardens, Bark House Lane, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley 184.8 miles away


Cannon Hall Museum, first opened as a museum in 1957 and is now home to `Charge´, the Regimental Museum of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary´s Own). With fine collections of furniture, glassware, colourful pottery all displayed in period... more

IWM North

IWM North, The Quays, Manchester, Greater Manchester

The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester 191.9 miles away


IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums opened in July 2002,and is a stunning aluminium-clad building - the first in the UK by international architect Daniel Libeskind. The Museum utilises its world-famous collections with a number of new display... more

Royal Armouries Museum

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Armouries Drive, Leeds 198.3 miles away


The Royal Armouries Museum is home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour and houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects. At the Leeds museum there are over 8,000 amazing objects on display in five impressive galleries –... more

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, North Yorkshire

Eye of York, York 203.8 miles away


York Castle Museum, housed in two converted 18th century prison buildings, includes reconstructed Victorian and Edwardian streets, shops and merchandise - experience four hundred years of fascinating social history. A collection of rooms have been... more

Flambards

Flambards, Culdrose Manor, Helston, Cornwall

Culdrose Manor, Helston 235.8 miles away


A fantastic day out for the whole family! Flambards is the West Country’s leading family attraction and appeals to all ages and interests. Ride the UK’s only twisting drop tower ride ‘The Skyraker001’ and prepare for thrills and excitement as you... more

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, Cleveland & Teesside

Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough 244.3 miles away


The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is set in the scenic grounds of Stewart Park, and traces the life of Captain James Cook, the world´s most famous explorer. Born in 1728 it provides a unique insight into his early life, seafaring career, the legacy... more

Preston Hall Museum

Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham

Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees 245.4 miles away


Built in 1825, Preston Hall Museum is set in 100 acres of parkland. Displays include art, armour, costume and textiles and social history. There is a typical local street of the 1890s with resident crafts-people displaying their skills that include... more

The Dock Museum

The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

North Road, Barrow-in-Furness 251.2 miles away


Barrow-in-Furness transformed in the 19th and 20th century from small farming community to one of Britain’s most formidable ship builders and The Dock Museum tells the tale of the metamorphosis. The museum is built over an original Victorian graving... more

Museum of Hartlepool

Museum of Hartlepool, Jackson Dock, Hartlepool, Cleveland & Teesside

Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool 254.7 miles away


Walk into the Museum of Hartlepool and you are whisked back 5,000 years to the Bronze Age where you are introduced to the town’s oldest known man. From here you will be guided through century after century where you will learn all about Hartlepool’s... more

DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery

DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Aykley Heads, Durham

Aykley Heads, Durham 264.6 miles away


The DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery is home to the treasures of The Durham Light Infantry, County Durham´s own regiment. It charts the history of the dli from 1758-1968 through the eyes of the soldiers who fought and their families back home. The... more

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne 277.5 miles away


The Discovery Museum in Newcastle is probably most famous for its Turbinia exhibit – the first vessel to be powered by a steam turbine and dreamt up by Charles Parsons, who served his engineering apprentice at a Newcastle firm. However, this city... more

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear

Buddle Street, Wallsend 277.8 miles away


Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum - in AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the north, and Segedunum was the last outpost of Hadrian´s Wall. The... more

The Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum, Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria

Southey Works, Greta Bridge, Keswick 277.9 miles away


You’ll enter the Cumberland Pencil Museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine where graphite was first discovered and from there take a turn around the surprisingly fascinating history of the pencil. So what’s to see? Well, I rather like the... more

Museum of the Border Regiment & Kings Own Royal Border Regiment

Museum of the Border Regiment & Kings Own Royal Border Regiment, Queen Marys Tower, Carlisle, Cumbria

Queen Marys Tower, The Castle, Carlisle 292.3 miles away


The Museum of the Border relates the history of Cumbria´s County Infantry Regiment, local Militia and Volunteer units from 1702 to the present day. Regiment & Kings Own Royal Border Regiment, located in Carlisle Castle, a superb medieval fortress... more

Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland

Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, The Abbots Tower, Alnwick, Northumberland

The Abbots Tower, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick 308.3 miles away


The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland opens to the public in line with Alnwick Castle from Easter to the end of October. There are important collection displays on the history of the regiment and of the men and their families. The displays include... more

National Museum of Flight

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Fortune, East Lothian

East Fortune Airfield, East Fortune 359.1 miles away


Whether you are keen to see how the jet set went about their business supersonically or prefer getting to grips with the finer mechanisms of an RAF Nimrod, the National Museum of Flight based at historic East Fortune Airfield, sates all your aerial... more

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