Bentwaters Cold War Museum

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



General Information


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.
Command Post where museum is located
Food icon Shop icon Wheelchair access icon

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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

10.00 - 16.00 on the following dates:

Open dates 2014
April Sunday 6th, Sunday 20th Monday 21st
May Sunday 4th, Monday 5th, Sunday 18th, Sunday 25th, Monday 26th
June Sunday 1st, Sunday 15th
July Sunday 6th, Sunday 20th
August Sunday 3rd, Sunday 17th, Sunday 24th, Monday 25th
September Sunday 7th, Sunday 21st
October Sunday 5th, Sunday 19th

Admission charges

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

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