Airborne Assault - The Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces

Airborne Assault is the Regimental Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces and tells the stories of the soldiers who go to war from the air.

PLEASE NOTE THE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID 19 GUIDELINES.

The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces played a central role in some of the most dramatic and heroic battles of the Second World War, including the Bruneval Raid, Normandy and the legendary operation to secure the bridge at Arnhem.

Airborne Assault traces the history of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces from its inception to the present day, including operations in Afghanistan. Providing an insight into how today’s highly trained paratroopers are at the heart of 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Army’s rapid response force.

The story is told using imaginative displays of uniform and equipment from medals, weapons and even one of many ‘ParaDogs’ that were dropped into the battlefield all with historical and contemporary film footage and original sound recordings

Airborne Assault is situated within the Airspace Hanger of the Imperial War Museum Duxford. For groups of 10 or more, PRA/Servicemen are entitled to free entry with smaller groups being offered a “two for one” offer. To make a booking and for full details please contact the Curatorial Team for these and other offers.

Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum - as well as having one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country. The site is over a mile long and contains exhibits of the Battle of Britain, Land Warfare as well as Duxfords wartime role as a fighter station. In addition, there are two restaurants on-site and a gift shop for the Imperial War Museum. There are other collections on site including the British Air Liner Collection and American Air Museum and all are available on entry. For family activities managed by the IWM please click here to see what is on at Duxford: https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford/families-at-iwm-duxford

Opening Times:

Open every day from 10am, including Bank Holidays

Opening times for the Winter are:

October to March:
10am - 5pm

Opening times for the Summer are:

March to October:
10am - 6pm

We are closed 24, 25 and 26 December.

Getting here:

By Bus

Monday to Saturday

The 7A bus from Trumpington Park and Ride stops at IWM Duxford and Whittlesford Parkway Station.

Sunday

There is a direct Myalls 132 bus service from Cambridge Station to IWM Duxford.

By train

The nearest train stations to IWM Duxford are:

  • Whittlesford Parkway
  • Royston
  • Cambridge

There are taxi ranks at Royston and Cambridge, or you can take the 7A bus from Whittlesford Parkway (Monday to Saturday only).

By car or coach

Airborne Assault is co-located with IWM Duxford and is south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway, less than 50 miles from Central London and approximately 40 minutes from the M25 (Junction 27).

Duxford is easily accessible from the A1, A14, M1 and the North, via the M11.

There is free parking for customers of Airborne Assault at IWM Duxford (with the exception of special event days).

Access:

We are committed to ensuring Airborne Assault st IWM Duxford is accessible to all visitors, and hope the facilities we have introduced enhance your visit:

  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available for loan, free of charge from IWM. Please telephone 01223 497 240 or contact us, to reserve a wheelchair or mobility scooter (subject to availability).
  • A free site transport vehicle is available via IWM throughout the day for visitors, with space with wheelchairs.
  • A warm welcome to Guide dogs and registered assistance dogs, water bowls can be provided at the Visitor Centre.
  • 19 designated parking bays for blue badge holders, with further bays available at our air shows. Please see our Air Show Accessibility page for more information.
  • Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are available throughout the site, with additional facilities provided at air shows and some events.
  • Subtitles are shown on most audio-visual presentations.
  • Induction Loops Systems are fitted 
  • Transcript booklets are available.
  • Seating is available throughout the site.
  • If you have any queries or need any assistance on site, please ask. We will be more than happy to help you.

Address

Airborne Assault

IWM Duxford
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR

The archives of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces are also stored on site.  If you have an historial enquiry, please initially check our helpful hints section.

Curatorial staff can be contacted at: enquiries@paradata.org.uk

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