If your interest is of the military kind, especially warfare, then why not pay a visit to one of Norfolk’s war museums and attractions. From aviation to ground warfare there is something to interest most enthusiasts, while all these attractions have an educational theme too.
Norfolk Tank Museum
Norfolk Tank Museum is located in Norwich, is an independent museum and boasts a large collection of cold war tanks including some main battle tanks. Most of the tanks are in good working order, while armoured vehicles and weaponry from the same era feature heavily too. The museum opens 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1st April to 31st October. Collections at the museum include, British, Russian, US and Swedish tanks, Howitzers, pistols, rifles, machine guns of all types and anti-tank weapons. Why not book a tank experience or a party at the museum? Further information is available from their website
- Norfolk Tank Museum
- Station Road
- Forncett St Peter
- NR16 1HZ
- 01508 532 650
Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum
The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum features a large range of exhibitions including World War II themed stands plus RAF and radio and radar displays. Run by volunteers the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum houses sixty-six aircraft and thirty thousand artefacts and tanks. There is plenty for the aircraft enthusiast to see, while educational school programmes are offered at the museum too. Further facilities include a café, library, shop and a raised boardwalk leading down to the river. Drivers should use sat-nav postcode NR35 1NZ to find the museum.
- Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum
- The Street
- NR35 1NZ
- Tele 01986 896644
The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum
The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum is dedicated to American service personnel, known as the Bloody Hundredth who came to Norfolk in World War II to serve in the allied war effort. Visitors can read and view artefacts including model aircraft and photographs, that will bring the story of these brave troops to life. The control tower houses many displays, while the engine shed houses war time jeeps used by the troops. Facilities feature an on-site café and picnic area and the museum opens from March to October. The museum offers membership too, which naturally brings along a perk or two so why not become a friend of the 100th Bomb Memorial Museum and help it to carry on and thrive in the process.
- 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum
- Common Road
- Near Diss
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
Visitors will learn about radar, how it works, what it is/was used for and many more interesting facts at the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum. Located close the Norfolk Broads the museum welcomes groups and individuals Bank Holiday Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to November, while it also opens on the second Saturday of each month. Talks and tours are offered, while exhibits and features not to be missed include
- The WW2 area and radar development
- The cold war room
- Air Intercept radar display
- Artefacts in the Coltishall room
- Exhibition room and History room
- Jaguar cockpit and GEE navigation system
There is a café, shop, picnic area and free carpark, while further details regarding prices and bookings can be accessed at the website.
- RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
- Near RRH Neatishead
- NR12 8YB
- 01692 631485
Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum
This great museum houses aviation artefacts and aircraft from WWI through to the two wars in Iraq and all wars in between. Visitors can expect to see uniform displays, guns, gas masks, engines, while some civil aviation aircraft are also featured. Visitors will get into the mood as accompanying background music sets the scene of the era being viewed, while free on-site parking is offered with the number 46 Norfolk Green bus also stopping approximately ten minutes’ walk from the site. The museum is open from Good Friday through to the last Sunday in October from 9-30am to 5pm.
- Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum
- Old Lynn Road
- West Walton
- PE14 7DA
- 01945 461771
Those who are interested in war attractions may also enjoy playing war games too. Why not check out world war games website where exciting war games are waiting to be discovered!