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Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

Purley Way | Airport House, Croydon CR0 0XZ, England
+44 7779 681035
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A hidden gem. Amazing learning about the international history of this little airport. Passionate... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2018
Helen K
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London, United Kingdom
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A great place to spend a few hours

I visited here at the weekend with my wife following a tip-off from one of her work colleagues... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
David C
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London, United Kingdom
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Croydon Airport Visitor Centre micro-museum- located in Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon CR0 0XZ. Open on the 1st Sunday of the month throughout the year. Special Open Days at other times- see website for details. Haley Sharpe designed and winner of a British Tourism Award, featuring interactive displays and storyboards. It tells the story of Britain's first major international airport through World War I, Imperial Airways and BOAC, record-breaking flights by the likes of Amy Johnson and other, the Battle of Britain and much, much more.
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“control tower” (36 reviews)
“air travel” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Purley Way | Airport House, Croydon CR0 0XZ, England
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+44 7779 681035
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"control tower"
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"air travel"
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"aviation history"
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"amy johnson"
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"air traffic control"
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"first sunday of every month"
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"guided tour"
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"flight simulator"
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"each month"
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"suggested donation"
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"knowledgeable volunteers"
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"purpose built"
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"booking hall"
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"its heyday"
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"terminal building"
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"interesting visit"
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"beautiful building"
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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem. Amazing learning about the international history of this little airport. Passionate and knowledgeable volunteers run the free visiting day once a month. Well organised. Thanks

Thank Helen K
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

I visited here at the weekend with my wife following a tip-off from one of her work colleagues. Parking was ample, and we were warmly welcomed by the volunteers. Entry was free but a donation of £4 was suggested. There were plenty of posters and...More

1  Thank David C
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

Lots of history about the role of Croydon airport in the first part of the 20th century and in the development of commercial air travel. The museum is housed in the first purpose built passenger terminal. Guides led tours of the building at regular intervals,...More

1  Thank Michael_L_King
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

Fascinating history of early civil aviation for London pre WW2. Love all the old pictures of it in its heyday. Beautifully preserved building. Tour finishes in the Control Tower museum exhibits and recreated air traffic control office. Never knew so much happened there. Visiting open...More

1  Thank Blown34
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

Beautiful building, great little museum preserving the birthplace of international passenger flight, friendly and welcoming guides. Free access - donations welcome. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Piotr T
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Great little museum and beautiful building, and not somewhere you would expect! Take some time out of sitting in the traffic on Purley way and pop into the museum. It's fascinating to see it's history and some of the characters that passed through.

1  Thank Andrew F
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Living not too far away from Croydon, I have always driven past, but have never visited until today, and I'm so glad I did. I arrived with my son (a bit of a history buff) and we were warmly greeted, and offered a place on...More

Thank MsjojoLondon
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Croydon Airport building is a business centre but on the first Sunday of each month holds an open day to provide tours of the world’s first commercial airport terminal building. Commercial aviation pretty much started here and at the back of the building you can...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Today we visited Croydon with my elderly Dad who is wheel chair bound wife, son and sister. I was apprehensive that my Dad would only be able to see one level as the website stated there was no lift. There was a lift and the...More

4  Thank Glynman
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CroydonAirport, Manager at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thank you for coming along to our Open Day and we're glad that you enjoyed your visit. We'll feed that info back to our volunteers who will be delighted with your review. Thanks for the feedback about the wheelchair information on our website. We'll amend...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Came here just to find out what was going on. Don't expect to make a day of it but the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and we found it a very interesting visit for a couple of hours.

1  Thank sfxdude
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magwats
12 June 2018|
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Response from CroydonAirport | Property representative |
Hello. Thank you for your enquiry. The museum is located on the top two floors of the Control,Tower and also has a large display area on the ground floor of the main building. The ground floor has full disabled... More
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Nearest station is Waddon Station.
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