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Solway Aviation Museum

Block B Aviation House | Carlisle Airport, Carlisle CA6 4NW, England
+44 1228 573823
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Great Day Out

Really enjoyed our visit. We went on way home intending to spend 40 minutes there and left over 2... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Amazing visit

The Museum is based on the site of the RAF Crosby on Eden fighter base. It covers the role of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mere, United Kingdom
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The Museum is open from Easter until the last weekend in October on a Friday & Saturday. We are also open on the Bank Holiday Mondays. We have some exciting new exhibits demonstrating the close ties that existed between the RAF and the City of Carlisle. We're also home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artifact's and displays some reflecting Britain's position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation and the main developer and manufacturer of a reliable jet engine. The museum's primary objective is the preservation of our Aviation heritage, its display and interpretation. Take a nostalgic journey back to Wartime Cumberland or climb aboard a Vulcan Bomber and experience the conditions the crew faced that would have had to deliver Britain's nuclear deterrent in the 60's. The museum is a Registered Charity and is run by a dedicated team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who give up their free time to painstakingly restore many of the exhibits. Through their love and knowledge they are preserving aviation history for generations to come.
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Block B Aviation House | Carlisle Airport, Carlisle CA6 4NW, England
+44 1228 573823
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Really enjoyed our visit. We went on way home intending to spend 40 minutes there and left over 2 hours later. Great exhibits, helpful and knowledgeable staff and a good shop. Make sure you visit the Vulcan as it is worth the wait, Frank Hilton,...More

Thank Gerry195
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum is based on the site of the RAF Crosby on Eden fighter base. It covers the role of the area in WW2 and is home to many planes most of which were built in Britain. The highlight is the Vulcan bomber sitting on...More

Thank Saluki25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd seen this mentioned on Trip Advisor and decided to drive to Carlisle Airport to see the Solway Aviation Museum. I wasn't disappointed and for £ 6, which is reasonable these days for a private museum, found my visit worthwhile. The museum is divided into...More

Thank GlennA946
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very enjoyable indoor displays and outdoor exhibits. The Vulcan is the star of the museum. Staff very friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I finally managed to time my trip over to collect son from university with a day the museum was open!, and very worthwhile it was too. Inside I was greeted by a very helpful man (as were all the volunteers) and was given a laminated...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

hi, this musuem is a real gem, the staff went out of they way to help and the copit tour of VULCAN was elexcient. all the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. as we only had a short time there is was packed with interest....More

Thank jim17369
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum on Sunday 21st of may ,it is situated on Carlisle Airport,with a nice collection of aircraft including a Avro Vulcan,there are several exhibits inside the museum which are well worth a look,you can look inside the Vulcan and the Canberra which...More

Thank Andy W
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Visited the museum with my Wife.We had attempted to book a place on the tour of the Vulcan via e-mail before we arrived and were happy to receive correspondence saying that even if it was busy we would be accomodated, excellent service.The museum is very...More

Thank Gazza061
Reviewed 6 May 2017

A collection of older aircraft with 2 open to he public to enter the cockpits. We had a great time experiencing how small an area the pilots had to work within. The vast amount of knobs, pulls, levers, dials etc needed to fly. And topped...More

Thank June W
Reviewed 1 May 2017

My 92 year old friend and I have been here several times as he worked for Rolls Royce and was involved with the Blue Streak Project from its inception until its cancellation. The Museum has a room dedicated to Spadeadam, where the rocket was tested...More

Thank Sarah U
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Gordon H
How do I get from the main road,on foot.to the museum?
22 May 2017|
Response from David823 | Reviewed this property |
Gordon where on the main road will you be starting from? If your getting dropped off at the airport junction follow the brown signs which will take you towards Irthington turn left at the next brown sign and keep the runway... More
Marcus H
Are dogs allowed?
19 April 2017|
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Response from David823 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed outside but must be on a lead, guide dogs are allowed inside the museum.