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RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

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Address: RRH Neatishead, Horning, Norwich NR12 8YB, England
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+44 1692 631485

Air defence radar operations began at RAF Neatishead in 1942 and continued...

Air defence radar operations began at RAF Neatishead in 1942 and continued until 2004 when RAF Neatishead ceased operations and became Remote Radar Head (RRH) Neatishead. RRH Neatishead supplies engineering support to the radar at Trimingham. When operations at RAF Neatishead moved into the underground bunker in 1995, the Operations Room was left intact and it eventually became the centre piece of the ADRM. The museum has expanded considerably since its inception and the most common observation of the visitors is that they wished they had scheduled more time for their visit. There is so much to see, including presentations on the part radar played in the Battle of Britain, night fighter operations, the history of radar, Space Defence and the Coltishall rooms. Now visitors can see the once Secret Cold War Operations Room and have its secrets explained in detail. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the guided tours during which the Volunteer Guides tell the story and add a personal touch to the experience.

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Very authentic and the guys were very informative.Just as it was in the cold war. Good place to spend half a day

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Very authentic and the guys were very informative.Just as it was in the cold war. Good place to spend half a day

Thank Christine E
Camberley, Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This place is staffed by volunteers who are knowledgeable and keen to explain things to you. Very good and fascinating history talks related to both WWII radar and the cold war defences.

Thank Craigie
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

For anyone with WWII or Cold War interests this unusual museum is a must. it features all the original equipment of our radar defences with volunteer guides who are very knowledgeable. The only drawbacks are that it is off the main road and hs limited opening times

Thank rogerrobert98
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This place is amazing and deserves more visitors. Never been a fan of WW2 museums but here is a true gem. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and keen and the prices are very reasonable. It might not be a place that first springs to mind but if you are a visitor to the area or a local, it's well worth... More 

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Radar_Curator, Manager at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are very proud of our volunteers and of the Museum. Please spread the word about us - we think more people should visit us! We're bigger than you might think, we're not kidding when we say you'll need at least 3 hours to get round and we have plenty on offer - telling the... More 

Wiltshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We went, ostensibly, for my son, who is deeply into anything war-related, but there was so much to see and do that I was the one holding us up by wanting to read everything. High spots include sitting in the cockpit of a fighter plane (tiny, you wonder how these guys did it) and the talk from a staff member... More 

Thank Caroline1651
Radar_Curator, Manager at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, responded to this review

I'm glad you and your son enjoyed your visit - and you've only seen half of it! Make the most of your annual ticket and return in 2017. More 

Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

As you enter the museum a sign says that you should allow a minimum of 2 hours - they are not kidding!

Thank Jeff S
Norwich, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This is a place ran by people who clearly care about the era, and the issues, the story. However it is pretty old school in many places...needs updating, and a breath of fresh air. The messaging and story of just how vital radar was in the war, but would be good to se it get funding and modernised

Thank genkigal1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Popped in after the Southern Comfort trip from Horning, not a planned event, well worth the money, the history of Radar from WWII to Cold War years. Staff knowledgeable, and friendly. Exhibits and talks very interesting, Museum now also houses historical bits from the now defunct RAF Coltishall. Can remember a time when Neatishead was parented by Coltishall and the... More 

Thank Stu T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

For those who have visited the WW2 plotting room at Uxbridge, this is the next generation of technology. A unique opportunity to see how the RAF watched the skys and space 24/7 during the cold war. The bunker is exactly as it would have been when it was operational. The museum is very fortunate to have a wealth of knowledgeable,... More 

Thank Andrew R
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We were visiting a neighbouring site and had planned to look at the radar museum on the same day - hadn't realised how much there was to see at the museum and didn't leave nearly enough time. We did however have a speedy look round and if you're vaguely interested in radar, cold war history, military history or similar it... More 

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