Welcome

Welcome to Bawdsey Radar. Discover the story of the men and women and the work they did, in top secret conditions, to develop radar. Operational radar was born here and contributed very significantly to the successful outcome of the Battle of Britain.

Here you will find practical information to help you plan your visit including opening dates, prices and how to get here.

 

Visiting the Transmitter Block

Please see below:

All visits need to be booked in advance. Please click on the link ‘book tickets’ to buy your timed tickets.

Because we are operating at reduced visitor capacity, your visit will be an hour long. Up to six people can be in your visit group – please adhere to the rule of 6.

Please follow government guidance when planning your visit.

We are releasing tickets in small batches  – we hope to release more soon.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.

Opening Times

 
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Open April - October
Open 11am - 4pm (last admission 3pm)
Closed

Admission

Prices for 2021
Adults£7.50
Children 5 - 18£2.00
Under 5's & Friends of BawdseyFREE
Defence Privilege card holders£5.00
Concessions£6.50

Over 65’s, people with disabilities (free admission for an accompanying carer) and adults receiving benefits.

Access

Our short video shows the new measures introduced at Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block to make sure all our visitors can enjoy their visit to this unique site on the Suffolk coast.

Access Statement here

Access Information here

Dog and Pet Policy here

Risk Assessment Policy here

Sound clips x 3 in Air Filtration Room (Video Transcript)

Video Transcript

A remarkable visitor experience

This once-in-a-lifetime structural renovation includes repairs and renovations to the fabric of the transmitter building in addition to the installation of a totally original exhibition.

  • The story of radar – stroll between interactive exhibits that bring the history of radar to life
  • Keeping the secret – introducing the people who made Bawdsey radar possible.
  • Timeline wall – radar from 1935 to the present day
  • Aircraft tracking with WW2 radar – a simulation experience
  • A history of the Bawdsey Estate over the last 130 years
  • Air traffic control – a real-time illustration of the power of radar
  • Radar today – from the exploration of Saturn’s rings, to satellites and medical scanners
  • Independent research – a dedicated focus space in which you can explore our extensive technical archive
  • Enhanced car parking and picnic area

Group visits

Please ring 07821 162879 for latest update on visiting with a group.

    Online Gift Shop

    You will love our range of bespoke, exclusive gifts and souvenirs in the Transmitter Block shop and now online.

    Getting Here

    Bawdsey Radar, Transmitter Block, Bawdsey, Suffolk, IP12 3BA.
    From Woodbridge, the transmitter building is located off the B1083, one mile beyond Bawdsey village.
    From Felixstowe, access is also possible via the foot ferry, including cycles. The transmitter block is approximately one mile from Bawdsey Quay along the B1083, Ferry Road.
    There is no access to the transmitter block via PGL at Bawdsey Manor.