Bentwaters Cold War Museum

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Building 134 Bentwaters Parks
Rendlesham, Woodbridge
IP12 2TW

  • Phone: 07588 877020

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. Visitors can experience the Cold War history with guides and talks about the operations of the base with detailed displays of the units stationed at both RAF Bentwaters and nearby RAF Woodbridge since WWII. Aircraft on display include A-10 Warthog, English Electric Lightning, Hawker Hunter, BAC Jaguar, McDonnell Douglas Phantom & Harrier. 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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Full details of the 2019 dates are as follows:- April Sunday 7th, Sunday 21st, Monday 22nd May Sunday 5th, Monday 6th, Sunday 19th, Sunday 26th, Monday 27th June Sunday 2nd, Sunday 16th July Sunday 7th, Sunday 21st August Sunday 4th, Sunday 18th, Sunday 25th, Monday 26th September Sunday 1st, Sunday 15th October Sunday 6th, Sunday 20th Opening Times: 1000-1600


Adult – £5.00, Child (14 & under) – Free, Concessions – £4.00. Please note at this time we can only accept payment via cash or cheque, and Credit/Debit cards.

Travel directions:

From the South [A12N], follow the A12 from Ipswich, as it passes Woodbridge, pass the 2 Shell petrol stations on either side of the road. At the next roundabout turn right [A1152] into Woods lane, follow this road straight over the next set of traffic lights, over the railway crossing, and at the next roundabout turn left, still following the A1152. After a short distance turn left and follow the A1152 towards Rendlesham, follow this road through Eyke, and past Rendlesham, at the next roundabout turn right, you will then come to the security barriers at the original base main entrance. From the North [A12S], either follow the A12 down to the A1152 Woods lane roundabout and follow the directions as above, or turn off the A12 at Wickham Market, and take the B1078 towards Campsey Ashe, follow this road until you arrive in Tunstall, then turn right onto the B1069. Follow this road until you come to a roundabout, at which you turn left, you will then come to the security barriers at the original base main entrance. On arrival at the security barriers, please follow the BCWM signs to the museum car park, or follow the instructions from the security staff as required. The airfield is private property, so please follow all signs and do not access prohibited parts of the airfield unless instructed to do so by museum staff or the security staff.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Cafeteria
  • Parking for coaches
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Parking for disabled available

Facilities information:

Volunteers provide guided tours and talks. Special tours can be provided to groups of 15 or more throughout the year subject to availability.


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • General guide to collections available
  • Pre-booking service for groups

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