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Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Shifnal, Shropshire, England

  • Kids with toy airplanes at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shifnal
  • Kids by aircraft at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shifnal
  • Girl playing at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shifnal
  • Kids exploring Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shifnal
  • Boy by aircraft at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shifnal

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is considered one of the leading attractions in the Midlands, with over 70 aircraft on display. It is open daily throughout the year, and is free to visit.

The National Cold War Exhibition includes aircraft, military transport, missiles, memorabilia, interactive kiosks and hotspots of information. This unique exhibition reflects the social, cultural and political history of the Cold War era in a fun and innovative way. A major feature of this unique exhibition is Britain's three post war V-Bombers; the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant. Visitors are able to view many aircraft from an elevated viewing gallery.

As well as the 70 aircraft on display at Cosford, including the world's oldest Spitfire, the RAF Museum Cosford is home to a number of smaller unique exhibitions such as the Lucky Mascots exhibition and the RAF Boy Entrants permanent exhibition.

RAF Museum Cosford is one day that everyone from small children upwards will enjoy whatever the weather. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by ‘Fun 'n' Flight' Interactive Gallery that is designed to excite and inform young (and old!) minds. Packed with hands-on excitement, it's the easy way to answer all those questions about how aircraft stay up in the air. The gallery is run by a team of volunteers and is open on weekdays from 10am to 4pm, and weekends 11am to 4pm.


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP, England


Click here to visit Royal Air Force Museum Cosford's website
01902 376200

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

March through October:

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:00)

November through February:

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 (last admission 15:00)


Free admission.

Parking charges apply.

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Eating information

The Visitor Centre is home to the Refuel Restaurant serving hot and cold meals and snacks. Hot meals available between 14:00 and 14:30. A fine selection of sandwiches, panini's, jacket potatoes, soup of the day and cakes to tantalise the taste buds. The fully licensed restaurant has a selection of beverages on sale including favourites such as the Americano and Cappuccino. The restaurant is open from 10:00 to 16:30 (last orders 16:00.) A classic Citroen H Van located within The National Cold War Exhibition serves light snacks and refreshing drinks.


There are toilet facilities catering for male, female, disabled and baby changing facilities.

Gift shop

Round off your visit to the well stocked shop where you will find a wide range of gifts, books, clothing and toys, located in the National Cold War Exhibition.

Baby food facilities

Baby changing facilities are available for visitors with younger children in the Visitor Centre and hangars. Unfortunately, they currently do not sell baby food or offer milk warming facilities.


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