The Spitfire Experience

Access Details

Sitting in the cockpit of a Spitfire is a once in a lifetime experience, to make sure you’re prepped for the day please take note of our access restrictions before purchasing your tickets:

  • You must be physically fit to climb a small number of steps and lift your legs and full body weight into the cockpit
  • Please wear trousers or shorts. Skirts and dresses may prevent or restrict access
  • Please wear flat shoes with a good grip on them. Please note: we cannot allow the public access without appropriate footwear.
  • You are more than welcome to take pictures once inside the cockpit – please come with a camera that can be zipped into a pocket or a camera with a strap
  • Spitfire Cockpits are small – please see measurements below for your information.
  • If the museum feels that it is not safe or possible for you to access the Spitfire MK16 cockpit then we reserve the right to refuse access. Please refer to the terms and conditions displayed at the Experience before purchasing your ticket

Spitfire MK16 Cockpit


Access Times

This experience runs daily from 11.15am – 4.10pm. Admission is by pre-booked timed ticket. Just turn up on the day with your ticket and make your way to our Mark XVI Spitfire in H3 (Hangar 3), 10 minutes before your booked time slot.


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£25.00 per person

All ticket sales help support the RAF Museum.
Please arrive at the Spitfire 10 minutes before your session is due to start.

Although not an experience aimed at our younger visitors, children are welcome, but the recommended minimum age is 8+ years. All children under 12 years to be assisted and supervised by their guardian for the duration of the experience. Children 12+ years must be able to access the cockpit unassisted if a guardian is not available to assist them.

Wearing of Facemasks

Please note:

In accordance with current government guidance about Covid-19 we strongly advise that you wear a face covering in our galleries, restaurant* and shop, unless exempt from doing so.

You do not need to wear one when outside in our green spaces, unless it makes you more comfortable to do so. We would also ask that when in our buildings that our visitors be aware of others around them and where possible maintain a social distance of 1 metre.

*Except when seated.