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.

Open again from Easter Weekend in 2018

Opening Times

The Transmitter Block is now closed and will reopen at Easter 2018.

Please check back for more details.


Children 5 - 18£1.00
Under 5'sFREE
Friends of BawdseyFREE

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

Please call for group rates and special openings.

A remarkable new 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

We’d be delighted to help you arrange a visit for your group or association. We’ll do our best to plan your visit to suit any special interests and to schedule a time and date that suits you.

Gift Shop

You’ll love our new range of vintage-styled gifts and souvenirs.

Coming Soon

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 via the foot ferry only. The transmitter block is approximately one mile from Bawdsey Quay along the B1083.