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  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Day Trips

London: Guided Battle of Britain Tour

Product ID: 213594
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Escape from Central London by car to explore and learn about two pivotal sites from the Battle of Britain. You will then visit a memorial to some of the forgotten heroes of the war.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

You can be collected from any Central London hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the actual Battle of Britain bunker where Churchill, Park, Dowding and others ran the battle
  • Learn how the RAF defended London and Britain, and the top secret systems they used
  • Visit the monument to the heroic Polish pilots who joined the RAF
  • Explore the beautiful Bentley Priory, which was once the headquarters of Fighter Command and before that a Royal Palace
  • Get away from the crowds with this tour to the most important but least visited places in London
Full description
Your historic tour will begin with a visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker at Uxbridge, which housed RAF Fighter Command’s No.11 Group Operations Room throughout the Second World War. This was the room from which most of the RAF’s side of the Battle of Britain was coordinated. Key decisions that would decide the fate of the nation were taken in the bunker throughout 1940, and it was thanks to the tireless work of the plotters and controllers that the RAF’s fighter pilots managed to keep the Luftwaffe at bay.

Everything is preserved exactly as it was on September 15th 1940, and it is here in the oldest airfield which dates from 1915 that Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill uttered one of his most famous phrases '“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.

After visiting the bunker and the associated small but incredible new museum, you will journey just a few miles to the Polish War Memorial, where you will learn more about the heroic pilots who came to Britain when their own country was overrun by the Nazis.

You will then finish the day by visiting the former home of Fighter Command, where Air Chief Marshal Dowding took on the task of building up the RAF to fight off invasion, and emerge beaten but victorious from the Battle of Britain. There is no bunker here, but Fighter Command was housed in a former Royal Palace that was an active RAF base into the 21st century. The museum rooms and elegant surroundings make for a great way to end the tour, perhaps with a drink or light snack at the cafe on the high ground overlooking London.
Includes
  • Entry tickets to the Battle of Britain bunker and museum
  • Entry tickets to the RAF Bentley Priory
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• To go in the Battle of Britain bunker, there are 76 steps down and 76 steps back up (the steps are good quality and have hand railings, but there is no other way in or out)
• This tour can also be conducted without the Battle of Britain bunker