Bentwaters Cold War Museum
The museum features exhibition rooms devoted to Bentwaters and Woodbridge including all the units and squadrons, which served at the "Twin Bases", particularly the 81st FW of the US Air Force, which was resident for over 40 years. Other rooms feature exhibitions on the 'special operations squadrons', the Aggressor Squadron. A further room features a Cold War history display. As well as these exhibition rooms the museum features a fully restored "Battle Cab" and War Operations room. This is currently the only former US Air Force command post open to the public in Europe.
Adult £5.00, Child (14 & under) Free, Concessions £4.00.
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|Notes||Open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each Month and BH Mondays from Easter to the end of October.|
ContactMr Graham Haynes
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VenueBentwaters Cold War Museum
Building 134, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2TW
Map reference: TM 348534 Lat: 52.12943 Long: 1.42990
From the South [A12N], follow A12 from Ipswich, as it passes Woodbridge; pass 2 Shell petrol stations on either side of rd. At next roundabout turn right [A1152] into Woods lane, follow this rd straight over next set of traffic lights, over railway crossing & at next roundabout turn left, still following A1152. After a short distance turn left & follow A1152 towards Rendlesham, follow this rd through Eyke & past Rendlesham, at next roundabout turn right, you will then come to the security barriers at original base main entrance.
From the North [A12S], either follow A12 down to A1152 Woods lane roundabout & follow the directions as above, or turn off A12 at Wickham Market & take B1078 towards Campsey Ashe, follow this rd until you arrive in Tunstall, then turn right onto B1069. Follow this rd until you come to a roundabout, at which you turn left, you will then come to security barriers at the original base main entrance.
On arrival at the security barriers, please follow BCWM signs to museum car park, or follow instructions from security staff as required. The airfield is private property, so please follow all signs & do not access prohibited parts of the airfield unless instructed to do so by museum staff or the security staff.
By Public Transport:
First Eastern Counties operates a bus service from Ipswich, via Woodbridge to Rendlesham, service no. 62B. The nearest rail stations are Ipswich, Melton and Campsey Ashe.
Parking : free
Nearest station : 3 miles (4.8 kms) from Wickham Market station