Planes, War and Trains

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford holds regular air shows with World War II aircraft. At Audley End there is a miniature railway. The very moving graves of 4000 servicemen are buried at the American Military Cemetary.

Imperial War Museum Duxford

– 9 miles from Cambridge
Regular air shows and famous military aircraft. Collections of tanks, military vehicles and artillery. There are great aerial displays from spitfires and other World War planes at their regular events. These are held usually in Spring, Summer and Autumn. It has three cafés on site – The Mess Restaurant, Wing Co Joes Café and Station 357.
Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Tel: 01223 835000
Open: Every day from 10am, including Bank Holidays
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December. Winter hours (October – March): open 10am-4pm. Last admission is 3pm. Summer hours (March – October): open 10am-6pm. Last admission is 5pm
Admission: Adult £18/16.35; Child: £9/8.15
Getting there: Car – Just south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway. On Sundays there is a direct Myalls 132 bus service from Cambridge to air shows.

American Military Cemetary

– 4 miles from Cambridge
The Memorial site was donated by the University of Cambridge. There are nearly 4,000 servicemen buried here and 5,127 names are recorded on the Tablets of the Missing. Most died in the Battle of the Atlantic or in the strategic air bombardment of northwest Europe.
A moving monument, with a reflecting pool and the Tablets of the Missing.
Coton, Cambridge CB23 7PH
Open: 9 – 5 pm, except December 25 and January 1
Getting there: Car – 3 miles west of Cambridge on the A1303, near Coton.

Audley End Miniature Railway

– 16 miles from Cambridge
Steam trains and fairies and elves. You can take a walk through the woods to spot the Fairies and Elves hiding in their tree houses. It has a large picnic area with a wooden playground. Check the website for special train days. You can get snacks at the Signal Box Café.
Bruncketts, Wendens Ambo
Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JL
Tel: 01799 542134
Open: 10am – 5pm. Railway – Weekends April to October. Fairy Walk – May – September & School Holidays.
Admission: Adult – £5.50; Child – £4.50. Under 2′s go free. Combined tickets/specials varies – £8.00.
Getting there: By Car – One mile west of Saffron Walden on the B1282. Follow the brown tourist information signs to Audley End House. By Train: Nearest is Audley End Station. Approximately 1 mile from the Minature Railway.