Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Horning, Nr Norwich, Norfolk NR12 8YB

Contact: 01692 631 485



The Radar Museum covers the history of the Air Defence of the United Kingdom from 1935 through to today.  We cater for both History and Technology.  So, why not bring your Class to the once buzzing Operations Centre in Britain’s Top Secret Radar war.

Through displays and films, learn how the RAF’s Air Defence operations developed from early trials with huge “sound mirrors” through the first of the WWII “Chain Home” Radars, the “Cold War” long range Radars right up to the latest 3D Radars in use with the RAF here in the UK and overseas. Other displays show you what it was like to be a civilian at war in the 40’s or take you to the fighter station at RAF Coltishall or to the Top Secret Radar station at RAF Fylingdales, still looking, day and night, for any incoming nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles.  

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We provide a unique insight into the realities of the Battle of Britain, the Night Blitz, the Cold War and modern Operations.  We focus on the role of the people involved in the Air Defence Network as well as covering technology and life during those periods and how the population was affected by the major wars.  We tailor visits to meet your needs.   We have great access to the site for coaches and areas inside or outside where packed lunches may be consumed!

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

We cover the relevant period (1935 – today) in terms of the History of Air Defence, the advances in technology during that time and the life of ordinary people particularly during WW II.  We tailor the material covered to suit your requirements and have, in the past run Quizes, Competitions and Searches to assist children to explore and learn about the history and science behind Air Defence.  Call the Curator to discuss your specific needs.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We can accommodate up to 40 children who are generally split into smaller groups of 10-15 to work alongside teachers and Museum staff undertaking specific tasks on a rotation basis.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We can provide some past Worksheets which have been used in the past but usually devise a specifc programme for each visit.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Simply contact the Curator via All visitors on Tours get an initial Safety Briefing.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Contact the Manager, Chris Morshead, at the Museum.

What does it cost?

Current Education Rates £4.00 per child.  This rate includes supervising adults. This rate is a reduction on the standard Group Rate which is £8.00 per head and is exceptional value.

Students 16 & above (Further Education) £5.00 per student.

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

A first aider will be required.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There is a Museum shop and schools generally bring packed lunches.  We don’t normally open the Café though, by prior arrangement cans of drink, crisps and chocolate bars can be purchased at the Museum.

Are there disabled facilities?

We have disabled facilities and most of the Museum is accessible to wheelchair users.

What are your opening days and hours?

By appointment only for School Groups – contact the Manager for details.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit

Thank you so much for all your hard work today. I'm glad you enjoyed it- it was amazing some of the questions they came up with! They haven't stopped talking about it all this afternoon and they were all telling their Mums and Dads at picking up time.  Northgates Infants School

I thought you might like some feedback about our visit.  The children were all very positive.  They loved looking at all of the 'real old' equipment (their words!), liked the quizzes, loved getting to know the guides and felt well looked after, liked looking at the uniforms, old telephones and ejector seat and all agreed the space defence room was the best room.  Wiggenhall School

Several letters from Copford Primary School who have visited several times.

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Aviation Heritage Site City Tours Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Science & Technology

Curriculum Topics Covered: Aviation Design and Technology Engineering History Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December