RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

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RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

RAF Scampton Heritage Centre
4.5
Military Bases & Facilities • History Museums
Monday
11:00 - 13:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 13:00
Thursday
11:00 - 13:00
Friday
11:00 - 13:00
Saturday
11:00 - 13:00
About
The RAF Scampton Heritage Centre is housed inside the Annexe offices of the former 617 Sqn Hangar which is an English Heritage Grade II listed building. After a period of extensive renovation work carried out by volunteers, the Heritage Centre re-opened in June 2012. There is now the opportunity to see Wg Cdr Guy Gibsons office as it would have looked like in 1943. The Heritage Centre is open to the public by appointment only. To arrange a visit, please send an email, or use the contact us page on our website. We require a minimum of 14 days notice to complete security screening. We can accommodate groups large or small, including school trips.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Michael A
essex14 contributions
Brilliant.
Aug 2021 • Family
If you are in any way interested in the RAF, the Dambusters, Lancasters, Vulcans, general RAF history or the Red Arrows, then this is a must visit. Scampton is due to close next year and I’m really glad we’ve been able to go before it does.
The guides are all top notch that have got a good bit of character, knowledge and experience about them. They were also very patient with our children and were more then happy to engage them and regale many stories.
I was really surprised how many different items the heritage centre has in it, mainly 617 Squadron/Dambusters, but also a fair bit of Vulcan items too.
I would thoroughly recommend this tour and will certainly be visiting again before Scampton’s closure.
Written 27 August 2021
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Cumbria Rosie
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Fab
Aug 2021
enjoyed every minute of our visit, thanks to all the staff the tour was very informative and very thought provoking
Written 15 August 2021
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Tom S
10 contributions
My Return to RAF Scampton.
Jul 2021 • Solo
Great few hours today visiting my last RAF posting befor demob. RAF Scampton 1976 to 1978. Thankyou to all the staff for showing me around the 617 Sqd. Hanger otherwise known as the Heritage Centre. I had a wonderfull time .

Thanks, Tom Sayers.
Written 22 July 2021
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Stephen L
Ambridge, PA3 contributions
A must-visit WW2 site
Jul 2021
Really wonderful, atmospheric place. There is not a huge amount of stuff to see but as I say, a lot of atmosphere, much of which comes from the excellent RAFA volunteers who are your guides. Many moving moments if you know the basics of the Dambusters raid. You have to make a little effort just to get in to see Scampton, but that's part of the drama too...
Written 9 July 2021
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Richard O
1 contribution
First Class
Jul 2021
Visited Wednedsay. Fascinating visit, expert,engaging and knowledgeable guides. Well organised. Top class insight into 617 Squdron, the Dambusters and RAF history in general. No charge at all bar a donation for the coffee. Incredible value and suspect this is a labour of love for those committed individuals involved whose pride was palpable. The Red Arrows dispkay was a bonus as was the timely appearance of a black labrador which was both evocative, humorous and left one wondering how far these people would go to make it a special occasion.! Terrific. Richard
Written 9 July 2021
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440rob
Swindon, UK132 contributions
Historic Venue
Jul 2021
Absolutely key is to submit your application to attend the Heritage Centre ideally 3 weeks before you intend to visit checking the days / times the tour takes place (the form is on the Heritage Centres website). Scampton is a live RAF site so adults need to be security cleared. On arrival the guard pointed where to park, we waited in the car for the volunteers to arrive who gave us passes and explained how we would enter the site. We were lucky enough to see the Red Arrows taking off and then practising which was amazing in itself. We were split into small groups and then taken on a tour by Fred through different rooms with pictures and items from the forming of the RAF to the modern day and then into a hanger with aircraft on display. To walk into Guy Gibson's office having recently read his book Enemy Coast Ahead was quite something. This is all free of charge, we gladly made a donation. The Heritage Centre has an uncertain future as the Scampton base is going to be closed next year, it would be tragic for this important part of our country's history to be lost. Many thanks to Fred and all the volunteers at the Heritage Centre for your time and this excellent experience.
Written 4 July 2021
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Chris G
Newark-on-Trent, UK11 contributions
Brilliant
Jun 2021
My wife and I visited the Heritage Centre in June. We formed part of a small group and our tour was covered by three guides, who explained the history of the airfield and the squadrons that occupied it, notably 617 Squadron, the famous Dambusters. We were shown the office of the commander, Guy Gibson, which has been refurbished to look as it was, and which has a photograph of him sitting in it, which is especially atmospheric. Outside is the grave of his labrador who was killed just before the raid. We were shown the hangar that includes several of the Red Arrow aircraft so you can take a picture next to one and also look in the cockpit. The tour lasted four and a half hours including a coffee break, although we did pause to go outside to watch a Hawker Hunter taxiing and taking off, a bonus since the Red Arrows weren't on the airfield that day. It's therefore perhaps a good idea to bring something to eat with your free drink. There's also a small gift selection. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and, given this is a free service, excellent value for anyone interested in aviation history.
Written 2 July 2021
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Alan C
Northampton, UK3 contributions
Visit to RAF Scampton Heritage Centre
Oct 2020 • Friends
Three of us spent a enjoyable and informative 4 hours at the RAF Scampton Heritage centre. If you are interested in RAF or WWII history this is a must see as it the base 633 Squadron was based at when they carried out the famous Dambusters raid. Guy Gibson’s office has been recreated in its original location and there is significant amount of equipment from the raid including the bomb aiming kit and an actual bouncing bomb. The centre also has details of 633 squadrons other raids and its activities after WWII. As the RAF Red Arrows are also based at RAF Scampton there are a Gnat and Hawk in Red Arrows colours in the hangar. Normally you would be able to sit in the Hawk but this is currently not possible due to Covid-19.

The museum is manned by volunteers who have worked very hard to preserve very important artefacts. It is low key but well done and beautifully presented. You don’t a fancy cafe or gift shop but you do get enthusiasm, passion and a warm and friendly welcome.

Thank you for taking the time to show us around.
Written 8 November 2020
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carroll a
Scunthorpe, UK35 contributions
Amazing
Sep 2020 • Couples
Going in to guy Gibson office it was quite eerie to realise that he was a very well known dam buster and there I was in his office. Its a must see.
Written 21 October 2020
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jeffturner
Cleethorpes, UK370 contributions
brilliant visit
Sep 2020 • Couples
a very interesting and thoughtful tour. Was in awe at this precious time spent here, walking in history. We had our own personal tour guide, who was amazing and knew everything about the history of Scampton and the men that flew from there. the exhibits are super, and you get a real feel for what it would have been like in the war. Guy Gibson’s office was the icing on the cake, and an exact replica to how it would of looked. The red arrows also landed while we were there. This is a must for everyone interested in the Raf and the bam busters. You have to book online well worth the visit.
Written 16 October 2020
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RAF Scampton Heritage Centre is open:
  • Mon - Mon 11:00 - 13:00
  • Wed - Sat 11:00 - 13:00