How To Find Us

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm (Daily. Jan & Feb closed Mondays)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
[Get Directions]

Tel: 01843 821940

We are located at Manston, Kent's International Airport, on the historic RAF Battle of Britain frontline airfield. Manston is situated on the Isle of Thanet near the seaside towns of Margate and Ramsgate.


Visiting us by car

By Car

We are situated near to the airport terminal for Kent International Airport, signposted from the A299 Thanet Way. If travelling from London / Canterbury, follow signs on the A299 to Ramsgate until the Minster Roundabout. Turn left (signposted Manston / Airport) onto Minster Road. At the next roundabout, turn right onto B2190 Spitfire Way, continuing over a further roundabout, following the perimeter of the airport on your right, until you reach the junction. Turn right and immediately left onto Manston Road.

The museum's car park is a short way down on the right hand side. For coaches, the coach park is just past the museum building on the right hand side.

There are a series of brown tourism signs towards the museum.

Visiting us by bus

By Bus

Stagecoach Bus ( routes 38 and 38A operate a regular service between the airport terminal (a ten minute walk from the museum) and Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Birchington. Route 11 also operates services throughout the day to Manston from Minster and Canterbury.

As there are no bus stops immediately outside the museum, we recommend asking the bus driver to direct you to the best to disembark.

Visiting us by train

By Train

The nearest train station is Ramsgate, the trains being operated by South Eastern ( with frequent services from London (Victoria, Charing Cross, St Pancras or London Bridge), Canterbury and Ashford.

From Ramsgate station it is a short taxi ride to the museum or bus route 38 towards Minster / Birchington.

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.



» Read more about ways to support the museum.

Look Out For...

Rolls Royce Merlin Engine

The Rolls Royce Merlin III engine believed to be from a crashed Hurricane of 43 Squadron which ditched due to engine failure near Ashford in Kent. Sadly Pilot Officer K C Campbell did not survive the crash. He was 28 years old.


Wheelchair access is available to the Museum and the Merlin Café.

“Helping dogs” are permitted to the Museum.

» View our Access Statement