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Solway Aviation Museum

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

We went last weekend and whilst the wife went flip-flop shopping in Carlisle I had a brilliant time... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Richard W
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Jedburgh, United Kingdom
Great attraction

We went as a small school group and felt it was of benefit to all pupils, the staff were friendly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
peteranderson2017
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Port Carlisle, 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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well laid out aviation museum with historic displays, a nice selection of airframes, the best bit is there open to look inside. Enjoyed a tour of the Vulcan, and pleasing to see the Vampire under cover. Very reasonably priced, and highly recommended to...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

4 kids, 1 dog and 5 adults took this place by storm. It's fantastic. A very tactile air museum full of lots of different and interesting things. The children were able to clamber in and touch lots of different things which was fantastic. The best...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Great afternoon we got the opportunity to sit in a real Vulcan😎 with an experienced volunteer. There was lots to see and read about and staff were very friendly and helpful.

Thank Shireen B
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Just visited the Solway aviation museum and what a little gem. We were looking for something fun to do with two boys and a dog and found this little museum via trip advisor. Once you get inside the place seems to just keep going with...More

Thank Gillian M
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped off here on our way back home from staying on the Solway Coast. Very reasonably priced and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable on the exhibits. The highlight was getting to climb into the cockpit of the Avro Vulcan. Plenty of car parking...More

Thank Steve P
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Honestly a great place to visit. We almost decided not to come here but decided to pass by it quickly and it ended up being the highlight of our trip to Carlisle. Some nice selection of war planes to be seen, but the highlight was...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Rolled up shortly after opening time. Had a great couple of hours reminiscing. Highlight was sitting in the cockpit of the Vulcan, something I had not done for 37 years! Wish I lived a little closer. All run by volunteers which makes it even more...More

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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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