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Solway Aviation Museum

Block B Aviation House | Carlisle Airport, Carlisle CA6 4NW, England
+44 1228 573823
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If you are interested in aviation this is a good place to visit. Although it is small it packs a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Yasou1
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Excellent- first class hidden gem

Very good indeed and would recommend Far in away exceeding expectations. Very informative and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thomas S
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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

If you are interested in aviation this is a good place to visit. Although it is small it packs a lot in with plenty of exhibits, including a Vulcain bomber that you can climb into and have a conducted tour. There are many aircraft on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good indeed and would recommend Far in away exceeding expectations. Very informative and helpful friendly staff. A great day - thank you

Thank Thomas S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some tremendous cold war jets in this museum run by proper enthusiasts who make the trip a real pleasure. A proper privilege to sit in the cockpit of a Vulcan, particularly as it was a bit windy and it was gently rocking like it was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came with some aviation fans who really enjoyed this museum. It is very small but crammed with material. You can see that all the staff are very passionate and knowledgeable. One memorable part of our day here was going inside the Vulcan with

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved your museum and all the care that is going into keeping aviation history alive. There were two highlights - the Vulcan bomber was one. What a privilege to sit inside the crew area and learn about its incredible history. Amazing! And something I...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A brilliant volunteer run museum very friendly and knowledgeable staff with excellent exhibits .Allow plenty of time to view. This place has to be a must visit!!!.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff are brilliant, friendly helpful just great. Loved the Vulcan and the chance to sit inside. Plenty to see. Some exhibits need a repaint but bear in mind this place is run by volunteers who do a great job in preserving these aircraft. For the...More

Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lot of aircraft museums (unless you want to pay a stonking great admission fee), suffer from a shortage of volunteers to care for the outside exhibits and it shows. This is different. The aircraft display area has a bunch of aircraft outside, that look...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am interested in Aviation, as are most of my children, so a visit was an absolute must. As with many small museums, you can get up close and personal with the aircraft (hint, hint to the RAF Museum....), so we got inside both a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A brilliant experience, especially going up into the cockpit of the Vulcan V2 Bomber. All staff very friendly and informative. Definitely worth a visit for any aircraft enthusiasts

Thank Will 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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