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Solway Aviation Museum

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Address: Block B Aviation House | Carlisle Airport, Carlisle CA6 4NW, England
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+44 1228 573823
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Fri - Sun 10:30 - 17:00

The Museum is open from Easter until the last weekend in October on a...

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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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... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 well run by a group of volunteer enthusiasts who are very friendly and knowledgeable.The gentleman... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 off with a visit inside the Vulcan information about it was given directly from one... More 

Thank June W
Hundon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 and, as he has Alzheimer's, it makes a very good memory jogger. The displays throughout... More 

Thank Sarah U
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I turned up expecting hiked prices and little to look at. However I was really wrong. It was 6 pound entrance and with this you had a historical tour plus you could sit in 3 aircraft including the Vulcan. The old boys are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. Great visit!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Vulcan bomber is the main reason to come here. You get to climb in one and get an informative talk by the knowledgeable guide.

Thank David W
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Solway as part of a mission to visit all the surviving Vulcans in the UK, we arrived very late in the day but the team running the museum told us to not rush or hurry as they were happy to stay open as long as we needed. We gained access to the Vulcan to have a good look... More 

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waterlooville england
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Visited two weeks ago as you drive in a Vulcan Bomber takes pride of place arrived 15 minutes before official opening but were welcomed by staff members who are all volunteers, museum tells story of local airfields and aircraft and has a wealth of exhibits fitted into its displays into small building pride of place goes to a Vulcan bomber... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely little museum run by enthusiastic volunteers. The indoor exhibition is good but the real stars are the preserved aircraft outside. You can climb into the cockpit of some of these, and not just peer over a barrier but actually sit on the pilot seats and play with the switches. Your very reasonable priced entry also allows... More 

Thank Kath M
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Opening again on the 31st March for the 2017 season lots of new displays and a third building acquired to store some of the smaller aircraft.

Thank David823
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The museum is very realistic and very knowlegable from the war time days and there is so much to learn about the aeroplanes that sit there from war times its a must do visit.

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