Bentley Priory Museum

Bentley Priory Museum
Mansion House Drive
Stanmore
Middlesex
HA7 3FB
England

Website

www.bentleypriory.org/

E-mail

enquiries@bentleypriory.org

learningofficer@bentleypriory.org

Telephone

020 8950 5526

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.
Bentley Priory from the Gardens with the BBMF Spitfire flying overhead
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Famous for its pivotal role as the Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940 a trust has been set up to ensure that Bentley Priory is retained as a permanent living memorial to those who served in the Royal Air Force and fought in the Battle, and to acknowledge and recognise the sacrifices made by them and others to ensure the freedom of Europe and the World.

The Bentley Priory Museum is situated within a beautiful Georgian mansion, which was once home to John James Hamilton, the first Marquess of Abercorn who employed Sir John Soane to make various structural additions to the house which still stand today. Following this, it was leased by the Dowager Queen Adelaide; widow of William IV where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited her in her final years. It has also seen service as Hotel, owned by Frederick Gordon, and an early twentieth-century Girls' School.

It was bought by the Air Ministry in 1926, with Fighter Command setting up HQ in 1936. Following the war, Bentley Priory was still active and it remained an administrative and training unit until closing in 2008 ahead of museum renovation project.

The museum was formally opened on 12th September 2013 by The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

March-September: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:00)
October-February: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10:00-16:00 (last admission 15:00).
Pre-booked group visits can be arranged Monday-Saturday - please contact enquiries@bentleypriory.org for more information on group visits.
School visits can be booked on any weekday - please contact learningofficer@bentleypriory.org for more information.

Admission charges

Standard adult entry: £9.00
Concessions (students, over 60s, benefits): £7.00
Children 6-16: £5.00
Infants 0-5: Free
HM Forces and Veterans: £5.00

Getting there

The current closest Sat Nav postcode is HA7 3HT. This will take you to the entrance of the new Bentley Priory housing development off The Common, near to the Alpine Restaurant. This is also the entrance to the Museum site.

Additional info

There is wheelchair access throughout the museum and lift access downstairs to the toilets, cafe and Learning Centre.
We have two wheelchairs available for free hire, if you would like to book one please call 020 8950 5526 prior to your visit.
There is a free museum car park, with some spaces at the front of the building for disabled visitors.
Our cafe currently offers drinks and light snacks.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Aviation

Getting there

The current closest Sat Nav postcode is HA7 3HT. This will take you to the entrance of the new Bentley Priory housing development off The Common, near to the Alpine Restaurant. This is also the entrance to the Museum site.

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