Bentwaters Cold War Museum

Command Post where museum is located
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Museum is based in the United States Air Force (USAF) hardened command post on the former Bentwaters airbase which closed after the withdrawal of the USAF in 1993 and is believed to be the only such building open to the public in the UK and Europe.
Visitors can experience the Cold War history with guides and talks about the operations of the base with detailed displays of the units stationed at both RAF Bentwaters and nearby RAF Woodbridge since WWII.
Aircraft on display include English Electric Lightning, Hawker Hunter, BAC Jaguar, McDonnell Douglas Phantom & Harrier.
Plenty of car parking space and is suitable for all ages and has the added benefit of being an ideal all weather visitor attraction.
The new café and shop has proven to be a great success offering light refreshments and souvenirs.
SPECIAL EVENT - NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 14TH MAY 7.00PM - 10.00PM

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Opening Times & Prices for 2015:
April 5th, 6th, 19th
May 3rd, 4th, 14th, 17th, 24th, 25th
June 7th, 21st
July 5th, 19th
August 2nd, 16th, 30th, 31st
September 6th, 20th
October 4th, 18th

Opening Times: 1000-1600
Special Night at the Museum 7.00pm to 10.00pm

Admission charges

Adult – £5.00, Child (14 & under) – Free, Concessions – £4.00. Please note at this time we can only accept payment via cash or cheque, and not Credit/Debit cards.

Getting there

From the South [A12N], follow the A12 from Ipswich, as it passes Woodbridge, pass the 2 Shell petrol stations on either side of the road. At the next roundabout turn right [A1152] into Woods lane, follow this road straight over the next set of traffic lights, over the railway crossing, and at the next roundabout turn left, still following the A1152. After a short distance turn left and follow the A1152 towards Rendlesham, follow this road through Eyke, and past Rendlesham, at the next roundabout turn right, you will then come to the security barriers at the original base main entrance.

From the North [A12S], either follow the A12 down to the A1152 Woods lane roundabout and follow the directions as above, or turn off the A12 at Wickham Market, and take the B1078 towards Campsey Ashe, follow this road until you arrive in Tunstall, then turn right onto the B1069. Follow this road until you come to a roundabout, at which you turn left, you will then come to the security barriers at the original base main entrance.

On arrival at the security barriers, please follow the BCWM signs to the museum car park, or follow the instructions from the security staff as required. The airfield is private property, so please follow all signs and do not access prohibited parts of the airfield unless instructed to do so by museum staff or the security staff.

Additional info

Volunteers provide guided tours and talks. Special tours can be provided to groups of 15 or more throughout the year subject to availability.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Aviation

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Bentwaters Cold War Museum Open Day

  • 2 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 16 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 30 — 31 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 6 September 2015 10am-4pm
  • 20 September 2015 10am-4pm
  • 4 October 2015 10am-4pm
  • 18 October 2015 10am-4pm

Museum is based in the United States Air Force (USAF) hardened command post on the former Bentwaters airbase which closed after the withdrawal of the USAF in 1993 and is believed to be the only such building open to the public in the UK and Europe.
Visitors can experience the Cold War history with guides and talks about the operations of the base with detailed displays of the units stationed at both RAF Bentwaters and nearby RAF Woodbridge since WWII.
Aircraft on display include English Electric Lightning, Hawker Hunter, BAC Jaguar, McDonnell Douglas Phantom & Harrier.
Plenty of car parking space and is suitable for all ages and has the added benefit of being an ideal all weather visitor attraction.
The new café and shop has proven to be a great success offering light refreshments and souvenirs.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Admission

Adult £5.00
Child (14 & under) Free
Concessions £4.00

Website

http://www.bcwm.org.uk

Getting there

From the South [A12N], follow the A12 from Ipswich, as it passes Woodbridge, pass the 2 Shell petrol stations on either side of the road. At the next roundabout turn right [A1152] into Woods lane, follow this road straight over the next set of traffic lights, over the railway crossing, and at the next roundabout turn left, still following the A1152. After a short distance turn left and follow the A1152 towards Rendlesham, follow this road through Eyke, and past Rendlesham, at the next roundabout turn right, you will then come to the security barriers at the original base main entrance.

From the North [A12S], either follow the A12 down to the A1152 Woods lane roundabout and follow the directions as above, or turn off the A12 at Wickham Market, and take the B1078 towards Campsey Ashe, follow this road until you arrive in Tunstall, then turn right onto the B1069. Follow this road until you come to a roundabout, at which you turn left, you will then come to the security barriers at the original base main entrance.

On arrival at the security barriers, please follow the BCWM signs to the museum car park, or follow the instructions from the security staff as required. The airfield is private property, so please follow all signs and do not access prohibited parts of the airfield unless instructed to do so by museum staff or the security staff.

Bentwaters Cold War Museum
Building 134
Bentwaters Parks
Rendlesham, Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 2TW
England

Website

www.bcwm.org.uk

E-mail

info@bentwaters-as.org.uk

Telephone

07588 877020

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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