Hidden within the peaceful surrounds of the Broads lies a clandestine world of air defence. One of the oldest radar stations in the world, RAF Neatishead has been keeping our skies safe since 1942. But now the secret’s out!
Housed in the original Grade II listed 1942 operations building, the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum is a treasure trove of stories, artefacts, and hands-on exhibits. From the hair-raising heroics of Battle of Britain’s Fighter Control to the top-secret work of the radar operators scanning the skies for Soviet spy planes, museum tells the intriguing story of air defence.
We invite you step into our World War Two room and hear how radar turned the tide of the war in one of our fascinating talks, held four times a day. Meanwhile, a visit to the atmospheric Operations Room offers the chance to experience the tensest days of the Cold War, when Neatishead fighter controllers raced to dispatch jets to intercept aerial intruders.
Children and adults alike will love sitting in the pilot seat of a Jaguar, getting to grips with the controls of a Tornado or trying their hand at backwards writing.
After exploring over twenty exhibition rooms and countless hands-on displays, visitors can enjoy refreshments in our recently renovated Crumbs Café. Offering fresh Norfolk pasties and sausage rolls, and a wide range of cakes and drinks, Crumbs is the perfect pit stop whether you’re visiting the museum or just passing by.
We also have a gift shop which can offer you a wide range of souvenirs to purchase for you to remember your visit. The shop stock includes: postcards, key rings, book marks, pens, notebooks, mugs and model aircraft. We also stock a range of educational Replica Packs which help tell you about various aspects of living and working during the Second World War.