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Benwaters Cold War Museum


Bentwaters Cold War Museum is based in the United States Air Force (USAF) hardened command post on the former Bentwaters airbase which closed after the withdrawal of the USAF in 1993 and is believed to be the only such building open to the public in the UK and Europe.

Plenty of car parking space and is suitable for all ages and has the added benefit of being an ideal all weather visitor attraction.

The new café and shop has proven to be a great success offering light refreshments and souvenirs.


Bentwaters Cold War Museum

Bldg 134, Bentwaters Park,

Rendlesham, Woodbridge,

Suffolk, IP12 2TW

Tel: 07588 877020



(click map for directions)

Opening times:


April - Sunday 2nd, Sunday 9th, Monday 10th,

Sunday 16th and Sunday 30th

May - Monday 1st, Sunday 7th, Sunday 21st,

Sunday 28th, Monday 29th

June - Sunday 4th, Sunday 18th

July - Sunday 2nd, Sunday 16th

August - Sunday 6th, Sunday 20th, Sunday

27th, Monday 28th

September - Sunday 2rd, Sunday 17th

October - Sunday 1st, Sunday 15th

10am - 4pm each day

Admission Prices:


Adult - £7.50

Child (14 & under)- Free

Concessions - £6.00

*In addition to cash and cheques we are now able to accept payments with Credit/Debit cards.





Car Parking

Aircraft exhibits:


Gloster Meteor F.8 - WH453
Sepecat Jaguar GR.1A - XX741
Bae Harrier GR.3 ZD667
English Electric Lightning F.53 ZF581
Hawker Hunter GA.11 XE707
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV497
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II - 80-0219
Lockheed T-33a - 51-9252
Republic F-84F 52-7133
Bristol Bloodhound Mk1

Photos: (click to view larger files)