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Solway Aviation Museum

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

Absolutely brilliant. Dont worry about the exterior as the contents and memorabilia are second to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John F
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Popped in with friends and really enjoy the museum. We all found the curators friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely brilliant. Dont worry about the exterior as the contents and memorabilia are second to none. The on site staff are helpful and informed.

Thank John F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in with friends and really enjoy the museum. We all found the curators friendly and informative

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place to visit for all ages, Nan, Granddad, Daughter, 2 year old grandson and baby brother, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The Staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, nothing being too much trouble. It was a wet day but that didn't matter...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem this museum is. Situated at the edge of Carlisle Lake District Airport, with views towards the Pennines and the Lake District fells. The museum tells the story of aviation locally and the RAF, the staff with their knowledge and enthusiasm make it...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely afternoon looking around old aircraft some of which you could actually go inside ,the staff were warm and friendly and very knowledgeable too.There were many exhibits for you to look round. The highlight for me was going inside the Vulcan cockpit,...More

Thank lin g
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We picked up a leaflet and thought, why not ! It’s probably not the thing we would do to go and visit an aircraft museum, but I’m glad we went. I suppose the Vulcan bomber is the star of the show, but the other information...More

Thank Adrian T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although in regard to other museums this one is quite small but it shows what can be done by a dedicated team. The staff here are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, especially the gentleman who at his grand age will keep you spellbound. The aircraft displayed...More

Thank Gandulph
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We went last weekend and whilst the wife went flip-flop shopping in Carlisle I had a brilliant time wandering around this great little museum. It has a great selection of aircraft and some of them the cockpits are open for people to sit in. The...More

Thank Richard W
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

We went as a small school group and felt it was of benefit to all pupils, the staff were friendly and helpful and the display was very engaging, thank you. Peter Anderson teacher at eden park academy, carlisle

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Great little museum with many interesting exhibits. Highlight was being able to go in the cockpit of the Vulcan, the information given by the guide about the aircraft was very interesting.

Thank Peter L
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Gordon H
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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
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Marcus H
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Dogs are allowed outside but must be on a lead, guide dogs are allowed inside the museum.
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