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Bawdsey Radar Museum

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Fascinating story of Radar development

This volunteer run museum tells the story of how this small piece of deepest Suffolk was... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2018
Tony P
Knowledgeable and passionate staff

Visited this museum knowing very little about radar and it's importance both in history and our... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2018
Sonia W
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This unique exhibition, with its interactive displays, tells the story of the "Invention that Changed the World". It reveals how scientists, engineers and technicians came together at Bawdsey in the 1930s in total secrecy to prove that radio waves...more
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The Transmitter Block | off Ferry Road, Bawdsey IP12 3AT, England
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Reviewed 1 November 2018

This volunteer run museum tells the story of how this small piece of deepest Suffolk was fundamental to the defence of the free world and development of RADAR. The museum is not large, and will probably not take you more than an hour to get...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony P
LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Dear Tony, Thank you very much for your kind words and excellent review of the museum. The museum received a Heritage Lottery grant of £1.4m and support from Historic England, Garfield Weston and the Architectural Heritage Fund. This funding means the building is now conserved,...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Visited this museum knowing very little about radar and it's importance both in history and our everyday lives. Although small, this museum has been very well restored and is very informative. The staff/volunteers were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Well worth a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sonia W
LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

Dear Sonia, thank you very much for your review and recommendation, and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. All very best, Lynette.

Reviewed 4 October 2018

Very small but well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of radar and particularly its use in WW2. The staff are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. From Felixstowe you can take the little ferry and stroll the mile or so to the Museum,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thank you for your review and your comments. The ferry is a super way to arrive. As you mention, there is a mile walk on the Bawdsey side along the B1083 and until the end of October 2018 the ferry is running weekends only. The...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

Well worth an hours visit if you are into radar/comms and whole WW2 history of this part of Suffolk. Really knowledgable staff. We had the benefir of a morse demo outside too.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steve K
LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Dear Steve, we're really pleased you enjoyed your visit...and the Morse! It is a special part of Suffolk - hope you found Bawdsey Quay on your visit? Thank you again, all best, Lynette.

Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

A very important historical establishment that has been preserved to educate future generations. The museum outlines the history of radar and how it works with the added advantage that you are standing on the very spot where it all started. The guides are enthusiastic and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Bawdsey Radar Museum is a must visit museum , It elegantly and precisely brings together the history and technical innovation that saved this country at the onset of WW2. With really clear displays , video and interactive items the seemingly impenetrable world of Radar is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Phil C
LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Dear Phil, thank you so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and an especial thank you for your kind words about the ace volunteers at Bawdsey Radar. Without them, the museum would be a different place. With very best wishes,...More

Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

We wanted to see the historic place of the first radar station. It is well worth a visit we recommended it. We enjoyed speaking with the volunteers. We are here on holiday from the Netherlands and the told us that the were still greatfull for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Dear Pieter, thank you so much for your review. We are really delighted you enjoyed the museum! Wouldn't a mast be good?! Thank you again, all best, Lynette

Reviewed 11 September 2018

It feels quite exciting as you approach the car park and see a war time building standing close-by, but all looking fairly boring and nondescript. However when you actually get inside the compound that is when the experience really begins as you navigate the blast...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nigel J
LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Dear Nigel, thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed it all and thank you for telling others about Bawdsey Radar, it is much appreciated. Thank you especially for your words about Bawdsey volunteers- - they are rather ace! All...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018

This is the type of place it is so easy to overlook when visiting the area, and it showcases a vital part of the country's history. On entering there is some vintage equipment that shows just how far technology has come today. Massive wheels and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thank you so much for your review and your warm and encouraging words about our rather brilliant volunteers. So glad you liked it all so much - bad luck on the gonio interactive...it is pretty hard to be a radar operator! Thanks again and all...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

This is quite a small museum which is targeted at a very specific area of interest. The museum is clean and interesting with helpful, knowledgable volunteers in abundance. But, if it had not been such a lovely day so that we could enjoy the outside...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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LynetteB404, Manager at Bawdsey Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thank you for your review and lovely words. Very glad you were able to come along and enjoy it all. All best, Lynette

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Icelass
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About 1 hour or so. The museum is closed now for about 1 year for repairs and a revamp.
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