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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

Experience Lincolnshire's aviation heritage at close quarters with a guided tour of the RAF's heritage aircraft hangar. Open Tuesday - Friday for pre-booked tours.

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) exists to commemorate the past of the RAF's Air Combat Power. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. 

A unique partnership between the Royal Air Force and Lincolnshire County Council offers a gateway to the home of the BBMF at RAF Coningsby. You will be able to see the Flight’s historic aircraft at close quarters and to observe the BBMF technicians working to maintain them in airworthy condition.

Viewing the historic aircraft is available only by guided tour. You will be shown around the hangar by volunteer guides, many of whom have firsthand experience of the aircraft. Tours of the hangar last approximately one to one and half hours.

Within the hangar, you may see: Lancaster PA474, Douglas Dakota ZA947, six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, and two Chipmunks.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre and the RAF BBMF hangar are located within the boundaries of RAF Coningsby where you will enter a military environment. Therefore all bags are prohibited within the RAF BBMF Hangar on public tours. There are no secure storage facilities on site. 

Please be aware that sometimes the aircraft will not be present due to maintenance or displays. To see which aircraft are away, visit the BBMF website. To see where the Flight will be displaying across the world, visit the RAF website.


The visitor centre is fully accessible. The hangar is accessible for manual wheelchairs (electric wheelchairs will need to ensure that batteries in the wheelchair are disconnected). A manual wheelchair is available for hire at the visitor centre.

View the BBMF Access Statement.


Group bookings are by prior arrangement only. Group discounts are only applicable for groups of 15 or more. Contact the customer centre on 01522 782040 or by email.

Additional Information

  • Gift shop
  • Tea room
  • Free parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities

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Opening Times & Prices

Current opening times: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 4pm
Advance bookings only - email [email protected] to book your tour

Previous opening times: 

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Guided tours of the hangar and aircraft:

  • March - October: 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • November - February: 10:30am - 3pm

The visitor centre is closed on most weekends and bank holidays due to RAF commitments. Please contact the visitor centre to check for exceptions.

Occasionally, due to RAF commitments and stand down, the centre cannot guarantee public access to the hangar or the presence of specific aircraft. Please visit the RAF website or call us on 01522 782040 to check if a particular aircraft will be present

Entry to the Visitor Centre: free

Guided tours of hangar and aircraft:

  • Adults: £8.75;
  • Concessions: £7.20 (60 and above, unemployed, receiving income support, full-time education (ID required), people with impairments/conditions that impact on their day-to-day living as defined by the Equality Act 2010);
  • Children (5 to 18 years): £4.75;
  • Family ticket: £24.75 (2 adults and up to 3 children);
  • Under 5s: free.


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