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Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

Hackmans Lane | Purleigh. Off a long farm track on Hackman's Lane, Maldon CM3 6RN, England
+44 1245 329358
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An Amazing and Unforgettable Day!

I was lucky enough to be able to get to Stow Maries on one of their special history-in-action days... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jonty08
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London, United Kingdom
Second visit!

A return visit with a friend & his grandson. Proved very interesting with a guided tour followed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Meerburd
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a unique place, with a unique history. Its story covers 100 years of life comprising feverish excitement interspersed with periods of calm and tranquillity. The aerodrome lies to the east of Chelmsford and west of Maldon, Essex, within an area of gently-rolling farmland. It is the largest known surviving group of RFC buildings on a WWI aerodrome which was not adapted for further military use later in its history. When considered with its growing collection of objects directly related to the site and its activities, a truly unique resource is evident. The site has significant natural heritage value and is in Natural England’s Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme. Ponds and a meadow have been created and the land supports declining farmland species such as brown hare, corn bunting, yellowhammer and a variety of owls, including barn owls and overwintering short-eared owls. It first opened in 1916 as home to B Flight of No 37(HD) Squadron.
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“guided tour” (19 reviews)
“mess hall” (10 reviews)
“flying days” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Hackmans Lane | Purleigh. Off a long farm track on Hackman's Lane, Maldon CM3 6RN, England
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+44 1245 329358
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"early days"
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"officers mess"
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"planes flying"
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Reviewed yesterday

I was lucky enough to be able to get to Stow Maries on one of their special history-in-action days. There were people in costume representing people both in the RFC and in the RNAS explaining their stories. There were aeroplanes flying, their pilots performing the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

A return visit with a friend & his grandson. Proved very interesting with a guided tour followed by snack lunch and a new museum exhibit. Enjoyed by all.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a really interesting visit and window into life during the Great War. Very knowledgeable volunteers showed us around and were super keen to share the information about the site (some guides a bit too keen and somewhat long winded) it’s a very accessible...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised how much there is to see here. Very well presented displays and well restored/maintained site - on a bright summer's day it's a lovely setting. Would recommend one of the guided tours, the guide puts it all in context, as do the...More

Thank JohnMiles101
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Stow M, General Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your great review! Also - google is correct for all visitors over 7.5 tonne in vehicle weight!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came today with my family. Only visited two small museums, mess hall, hangar and gift shop. I found it all very interesting. If your interested in WW1, this aerodrome is well worth a visit. All the staff were very friendly and polite. The food was...More

1  Thank Peter P
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Stow M, General Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

WHat a great review - do come back and see our third exhibition, won't you?

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprised at how much there was to see, staff are amazing guided tour went above & beyond the norm. Food was nice & reasonable price.

1  Thank patrick d
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Stow M, General Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're really glad you enjoyed your visit! Please do come back soon, and spread the word!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very intresting history areodrome very good staff and freindly and welcoming towards you .. but the only thing i was dissapointing in was we payed 8.00 for each adult plus i disabled to.The thing was most of the hangers was locked up and couldnt go...More

1  Thank tanyarosegreyson
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Stow M, General Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tanya, I'm sorry that you couldn't get into the Hangars escorted. They are still live hangars, with actual aircraft and pilots operating, so we have to abide by certain rules. We are also aware that some of our paths are a little challenging. We...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed learning about this aerodrome’s history and it is situated in beautiful Essex countryside. The museum is very informative with some interactive exhibits that children may enjoy. Our only negative was the tour. It was led by an older guy obviously stuck in the...More

1  Thank dd21
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Stow M, General Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am terribly sorry about that. We work hard to make sure this doesn't happen and it saddens me that this was your experience. I will address this with the Curatorial team immediately.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for my nephew birthday as he is raf mad. From the moment you arrive the staff are so friendly and want you to have the best experience. All the exhibits are clear and informative, lots of lovely touches like the kids pedal planes and...More

1  Thank 123sam75
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Stow M, General Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for this - great to hear we are on the right track!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today we went on a two hour road trip to visit the largest surviving World War One aerodrome in Europe . It was definitely worth the long journey up to Essex on a hot day to imagine, through the well put together displays , what...More

1  Thank Carnival33
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Stow M, General Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your comments! Please come back soon.

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Magenta N
15 August 2015|
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Response from Stow M | Property representative |
Hello. As things stand at the moment yes, as long as they stay on their lead at all times. The reason being that with the aerodrome being active, some dogs behave out of character and may cause a health and safety issue on... More
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Valerie W
27 February 2015|
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Response from Stow M | Property representative |
Hello. We can be found just the other side of Maldon. Halstead-Braintree-Witham. A12 towards Chelmsford. Take the A414 turnoff towards Danbury on the Chelmsford by pass. Travel through Danbury until you exit the village onto... More
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