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First World War in the Air Exhibition

First World War in the Air Exhibition


Royal Air Force Museum

01902 376200


TF11 8UP


The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford offers a fun, entertaining day out for all the family. Situated next to an active airfield, this is the only place in the Midlands where you can get close to so many breathtaking aircraft for free.

Over 70 aircraft of international importance are housed in three Wartime Hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. See the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber, just two of the highlights in the War in the Air Collection. In Test Flight, there is the TSR2 and Bristol Type 188 constructed from stainless steel. The Transport Collection in Hangar 1 includes the Comet 1A and Gnat T1, previously used by the Red Arrows. The engine and missile collections total over 60 and are arguably one of the finest collections in the world.

In 2007 the £12.5 million National Cold War Exhibition was opened at Cosford by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. This land mark building truly has the ‘wow’ factor with its eye catching architecture and design. A number of the 19 aircraft are suspended in flying attitudes. Iconic cars, models, audio visual hotspots and life-size Russian (Matryoshka) dolls, tell the story of the Cold War in an innovative way. This is the only place in the UK where you can see Britain’s three V Bombers: the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.

With so much to see, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford really is an entire day out for the whole family, so why not visit us soon?

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Opening details

Nov - Feb: 10:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:00)

March - Oct: 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission 17:00)


Free entry

Car parking charges apply.




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Map reference: SJ 786052  Lat: 52.64448 Long: -2.31685

Cosford is centrally located with good motorway access from the M6 southbound (Junction 12) via the A5, one mile from junction 3 on the M54 for northbound travellers.

On A41, less than 1 mile from junction 3 on the M54
From the south leave M6 at junction 10a
From the north leave M6 at junction 12 and follow A5 west

Car parking costs - £2.50 for up to 3 hours or £3.50 for up to 8 hours

By Rail
Cosford is located on the Central Trains Birmingham to Shrewsbury line (via Wolverhampton) then half a mile walk. Please check timetable before visiting.

By Bus
The 892 bus service from Wolverhampton to Wellington runs along the A41. The nearest stop is the Cosford Garage, approximately a 1 mile walk to the Museum gates.

By Cycle
The Museum is conveniently located along National Cycle Route 81 which runs from Wellington to Albrighton. Cycle racks are situated next to the Museum Visitor Centre.

By Air
Clients can also fly into the Cosford site by prior arrangement with Air Traffic Control. Please call us first for details.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 km from Cosford station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
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