Aviation Museums to Visit

Whilst compiling the trails, I took in many interesting museums and aviation collections. They represent a fine tribute to the numerous men and women who served with the RAF or USAAF, and many have close links to a particular airfield, squadron or group. Most of these museums are run by volunteers and have little or no entrance fee, a real bonus to any day out!

As they are run by volunteers, some have very limited opening times or there are access restrictions due to the nature of the site. If you do decide to visit, please check the official website for opening times, directions, and other important information before setting off on your journey.

If you click on the museum name in the table it will take you to the official website (where it is available) and if you click on the trail number, it will take you to the trail where I visited it.

As I visit more museums on my ‘expeditions’, I will update the page adding their details here, so do please come back and see what other superb aviation collections there are around.

As a final note, some of these places may have unfortunately been closed on my particular day of visit, and so I cannot comment on the quality of exhibits. This page is not meant as any kind of official review or recommendation, but in my opinion, they are all great places to visit as part of any trail around Britain’s aviation heritage.

Please feel free to comment about your own experience or if there have been updates to the exhibits since my visit, I would love to hear from you.



Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Lincolnshire 1
Bircham Newton Heritage Centre 20
Blickling Hall, RAF Oulton, Norfolk  35
Bottisham Airfield Museum  55
Brenzett Aeronautical Museum, Kent  18
City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Norfolk 8
Cosford (RAF) Museum  Flickr
Cranwell (RAF) Aeroflight Museum, Lincolnshire 2
Crail Museum and Heritage Centre 53
Debach, 493rd BG(H) Museum, Suffolk 39
de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, Hertfordshire 5
Hardwick, 93rd BG Museum, Norfolk  12
Hethel, 389th BG Museum, Norfolk 38
Imperial War Museum, Duxford Flickr
Imperial War Museum, North, Manchester  N/A
Jet Age Museum, Gloucester  N/A
Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge, Kent 18
Langham Dome (RAF Langham), Norfolk 23
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, (Headcorn), Kent 18
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire 1
Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum 48 (coming soon)
Manchester Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI) – Air & Space Flickr
Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre. 1
Midland Air Museum, Baginton, Coventry.  26
National Museum of Flight (Scotland) 43
Newark Air Museum, Nottinghamshire 2
Norfolk and Suffolk Air Museum, Suffolk 14
Parham Airfield Museum, 390th BG, Suffolk 39
RAF Manston History Museum, Kent  Coming soon
RAF Museum (London) Hendon  Flickr
RAF Scampton Heritage Centre (did include the RAF Fire Fighting museum at the time of visiting) 30
Rougham Control Tower Museum (94th BG) Suffolk 16
Shoreham Aircraft Museum, Kent 4
Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum, Kent 4
Thorpe Abbotts, 100th BG Museum and Memorial, Norfolk
Thorpe Camp Visitors Centre, Lincolnshire 1
Watton (RAF) Museum, Norfolk 9
Witchford (RAF) Display, Cambridgeshire
Waterbeach (RAF) Museum, Cambridgeshire 11
Yorkshire Air Museum (Elvington)  Flickr


13 thoughts on “Aviation Museums to Visit

  1. Hi! I just found your site- it’s so helpful as I’m tracking where my grandpa was stationed in WW2. He was in the 15th Troop Carrier Squadron (61st Troop Carrier Group) in the USAAF. I’ve found that they were at Barkston Heath but am struggling to find out whether we can visit the station. I have family visiting from America who would very much enjoy this. Any tips? Thank you!

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    • Hi Alisa. It is currently an active airfield and as such it is unlikely you will be able to get any access to the site at all. All my trips and the photos I take are from public areas i.e. The roadside, and so anyone can do the same. To be honest it’s not the same as it was in your grandpa’s day, but considering your project, worth a visit none the less. You could try contacting the airfield, maybe they will allow you in if you explain the circumstances. It comes under RAF Cranwell so try them first. https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/stations/raf-college-cranwell/#raf-barkston-heath. Good luck, I hope you get to go.


  2. Hi again
    Yes I would like do “Swap” and photo’s.
    I was Air Wireless at Mamby/Strubby and Swinderby back in the late 50’s I have written a short item for the RAF Bomb Disposal Ass Newsletter which relates to 60 years with Military Aviation if it is of interest to. Just come to mind Fort Paull, Near Hull has the sole remaining Beverley (grand aircraft to work on).

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    • It’s odd you mention those places, my father also served there at the end of his career mid 50s before being demobbed. His memories are a little jaded of that time and details sketchy, but it may have been possible your paths crossed at some point. He went on to work at Scottish Aviation and at Armstrong Whitworth at Bagington in Coventry. If you would like to add your article (with full credit of course) I could post it on here for you, I would certainly be interested to read it. Easiest way it to email it to me and I’ll gladly add it. Photos written articles etc all is welcome! Andy


  3. Furter to my last comment. There is a small Museum (about 9 aircraft) of which I am a member at Carlisle Airport called the Solway Aviation Museum. Just about 6 miles from Junct 44 of the M6. Well worth checking out.

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    • Thanks again Malcolm. I believe I may have been there many many years ago whilst on one of our family holidays. It certainly rings a bell, but I shall add it to my list of places to go when next there. Thanks again. If you would like to share any photos etc please let me know!


  4. Hi
    I spend about 6 weeks a year travelling around Scotland in my Sleeper van and can recommend the Montrosed Air Statio Heritage Centre and The Museum of Flight near New Berwick. Only wish there were more in Scotland.

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    • Hi Malcolm, thanks for mentioning that, I don’t sadly get to northern England or Scotland as often as I would like, rather sad as I’m of Scottish blood, but it’s one I will look out for next time. There are many little museums out there all worthy of a mention and a visit. I really appreciate you dropping by and commenting. Safe travels!


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