Yorkshire Air Museum
Yorkshire Air Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial is located on the outskirts of the City of York within easy reach of the City centre. The Museum welcomes family visitors, with lots of things to keep everyone in the family entertained. We are also pet friendly, so you won't need to leave your four legged part of the family home alone. Authentically based on an original World War II Bomber Command Station, this unique history museum is filled with a great combination of original buildings to explore, including the restored Control Tower and more than forty aircraft exhibits, from early aviation biplanes to our unique Halifax Bomber "Friday The 13th" all the way to modern Cold War military jets such as the Victor, Nimrod and Tornado jet fighters. Our regular Thunder Days are always popular as a great family day out and our NAAFI cafe has a range of snacks, drinks and meals for everyone. Our guides are on hand to help you explore the museum. They are all volunteers and love to read your reviews!
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  • ImmigrantTyke
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum
    This museum is a must for fans of aircraft, history and the Cold War. Plenty to look at and read with an excellent value cafe too. Very friendly and knowledgable volunteers all help to enhance the experience and the entry ticket is usable for one year. Plenty of parking too.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Jul
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly enjoyable
    As a wife of a enthusiast I spend an afternoon here. What an enjoyable day. Meet the most lovely staff member called Alan who was a mind of information an a truly nice guy. Worth a vist lots to see an learn.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • mab1959
    Tolpuddle, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent family day out
    What a great find this was, it's an excellent day out and they have an incredible amount of aeroplanes and exhibits there. The whole site is lovingly cared for and restored and is fascinating, all volunteers very helpful and knowledgeable too. Great NAAFI, again so well kitted out with lots of original touches (loved the piano and the bar with all the squadron emblems on it) had a very reasonably priced good lunch for the three of us. You really do need a day there though - a couple of hours is nowhere near enough time to see it all! Great fun and totally recommend it. Added bonus - it's dog friendly so I didn't have to leave the dog in a hot car. ☺️
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • handbagscotland
    514 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day
    What a great day out. Amazing aircraft well restored. Certainly not built for comfort. Never knew aircraft wings could fold !!! Rounded it of with tea and cake in the Naafi building. The meals also looked lovely and big portions. Well worth a visit and your ticket lasts a year
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still one of the Best
    It has been years since I visited the museum and spending a day there did not dissapoint. It is just fantastic, the range and type of aircaft and exhibits is as good as it gets, the hostoric location is beautifully kept and the staff are all friendly and helpful. We had a pit stop in the Cafe and enjoyed a delicious wrap and snack. For the money you cant get better value for the experience, it is priceless.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Tony K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit and tour guide
    I had booked a visit to have a tour of the Halifax bomber. My guide was Derek and before I arrived he had done some research about my father who had been a flight engineer in the ATA and delivered many Halifax aircraft. Derek was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable and brought the experience of flying in one of these aircraft to life. Thank you Derek. The museum as a whole has some very interesting exhibits and is well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Christine K
    Barnsley, United Kingdom1,084 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Planes, planes and more planes
    Called here on the way home from a break in Pickerng. Probably aimed more at older children, and ok if you like looking at lots of planes. Quite a lot of information to read in the huts, not a lot to keep younger children occupied, apart from a colouring table. There is a play area but it was out of bounds on the day of our visit, a bit of bad planning as it's school holidays. There is a woodland walk which goes along the runway and it was nice to see planes taking off, but we couldn't do all the walk as part of that was out of bounds too. There a cafe offering a selection of sandwiches and rolls, all just under £5, of the usual nuggets etc and chips in child size or adult portions Probably a better attraction for older children and adults.
    Hi Christine. Thanks for the review. On the day you came, the playground had not yet been finished (it's a new addition to the Museum) but it's now fully operational. Hopefully if you pay us another visit (tickets offer free re-entry for 12 months) you'll be able to enjoy it.
    Written August 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Fearless62706862194
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super day out!
    A brilliant day out with the family and dog! Very reasonable, loads to see and a great four hour or so spent here. Interesting facts against each aircraft, loads of different exhibits to see. Nice cafe serving hot food or snacks. Was quite pricey all things considered but lovely staff, and one of the young ladies behind the counter came to have a chat with us about our dog. Very dog friendly which helps a lot. Definitely recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • GastrodontUK
    London, United Kingdom436 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth half a day
    Great exhibition of static aircraft from different eras together with interesting historical information about bomber command and the air base in the Second World War. As well as enjoying seeing the aircraft I learnt a lot about the French bomber crews based at the airfield during the war. Good cafe and plenty of free parking.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Peter C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant day out
    We took our grandson for his 10th birthday and he absolutely loved it as did we. The staff were extremely helpful and made our grandsons day by arranging for him to sit in a jet fighter which was what he said he wanted to do. Very dog friendly with plenty of water bowls available.. All facilities including the cafe were excellent.Well worth the money as the ticket can be used over and over again for a year. Would recommend it to anyone.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
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Iain
Chesterfield, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
A group of us visited today. The presentations in the Huts were very interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and ensured we saw the Museums main exhibits. A well restored collection of planes and vehicles. The NAAFI canteen served a good choice of food and reasonably priced. Value for money
Written February 5, 2020
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Nikki C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great afternoon spent at Yorkshire Air Museum. Well worth the ticket price for all the exhibitions including some lesser known parts of history such as the French Resistance and womens role in the airforce. Special thanks to Harry at the Cayley exhibition, his recount of the tale was fascinating!
Written July 17, 2021
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Huby, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Yet another place my wife has raved about and yes, well worth a visit. ( Your ticket price entitles you to go back again.
You will need a good amount of time to wander round as there is so much to see. As a war time air field there is a lot of space to explore from the control tower to the static displays and indoor exhibits.
There is a good restaurant resembling a NAFFI with modern preparation for your reasonably priced meal.
Well worth the time invested looking round.
Written April 12, 2020
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Roger L
Maidstone, UK86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We were in York for an extended weekend away and decided to pay the Museum a visit as it is only a 20 minute drive from York.

It is a large site with plenty of exhibits covering different eras (predominantly in hangars but some outside).

There are a number of guides, all of whom as you'd expect were very knowledgeable. Guided tours are available but we chose to explore on our own.

In my opinion, the Museum caters for all ages as much as possible but naturally for the folks that have a keener interest in aviation, there is a lot to gain from the visit.

I'd recommend that you allow 2-3 hours for your visit; car parking is free and onsite.
Written August 24, 2022
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maurice c
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited the museum along with a number of others. The whole visit was an experience not to be missed. The content of the museum is amazing and makes you realise how so many people served selflessly for our benefit. Our museum guide was Chris Collard who impressed with his knowledge, professionalism and friendly manner. Once again this is a trip not to be missed.
Written February 6, 2020
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Rachael
Northamptonshire, UK176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Visited the York Air Museum with my family and furry companion and we're greeted by a lovely gentlemen at the tickets office who prepared us with maps and a cold war leaflet and background on the museum and information regarding the cafe etc. Entry admission into the museum was £14 but the ticket we were informed was an admission up to 12 months.

We had a beautiful sunny day and had a brilliant time looking at all the aircraft and vehicles and especially viewing the Halifax in all its glory!! It was the first time that me and my family had the chance to see the Halifax as a whole such as the one at the museum as in our surrounding areas we had only see parts of the plane so this was a real treat to see.
Whilst admiring the Halifax aircraft we were greeted by what I believe to be a volunteer named Chris who worked in the RAF himself and he explained to me and my family all about the Halifax and more into it's history and time at the museum. Chris was very knowledgeable and friendly and showed us the rear turret of the Halifax in more detail which made our day.

Further into the hanger we were greeted by Derek Mook which I believe was another worker or volunteer of the museum who explained about the memorial brick work inside thhe hanger and regarding the Wright Brothers and flight history and more. He ventured out with us and gave us a tour around the Buccaneer plane outside with the flying mermaid on the side which took us by surprise as it also displayed the name "Kathryn" which is my sisters name so it felt so much more too us to see this detail and Derek explained further into the artwork and symbols displayed which was truly spectacular another knowledgeable person we had met on our journey through the museum.
Very clean and tidy museum and all the aircraft, vehicles, buildings and memorial gardens were well kept and cared for.
Reasonably priced hot drinks in the cafe and dogs were allowed to enter and sit in the seating area outside which we thought was fantastic to have a cafe so accommodating.
All in all our experience here today was truly amazing and one we will not forget.
For what the museum entails I would definately safe that it's worth the entry admission price and I would highly recommend a visit!!
Written September 11, 2023
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Sol612
Berwick upon Tweed, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Great selection of military aircraft from the early 1900s to more modern fast jets. Staff were very helpful in the car park, kiosk and around the museum. Many different types of aircraft from Cold War jets to WW2 bombers and fighters not to mention the numerous ground vehicles and other artefacts. There was plenty seating for a picnic which was recommended as the cafe wasn’t open (however there was a drinks/snack bar). In the large hangar there is a Second World War Halifax bomber which takes your breath away due to its vast size. The YAM is well laid out and social distancing is maintained easily. It is best to visit on a nice day as many of the aircraft are outside and there is not many places to sit down inside. A couple of display buildings are not open which is understandable at the present time. Overall well worth a visit and the ticket lasts one year which is good.
Written August 1, 2020
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Jeff Love
Wallsend, UK326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
While on holiday in Yorkshire my Son in Law wanted to visit the Air Museum and I must say I was not sure I wanted to go but so pleased I did. I absolutely loved it despite the rain. There was 6 in our party the youngest was 8 the oldest 66 and everyone enjoyed our 2 hour visit.....I would like to add that the people who work at the Museum were brilliant
Written August 27, 2020
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Justin
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
It had been fifteen years since my last visit to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington and I immediately noticed many changes.

The aircraft exhibits outside are now spaced perfectly for the photographers amongst us, those inside being protected from the elements are less well spaced out but even so its great to see that they are being protected from the weather!

A great bunch of volunteers assisting with any questions that you may have and interesting talking to one in particular Tony Kisby who has a wealth of knowledge about the exhibits.

A good cross section of exhibits ranging from WW 1 to the present, most recently retired (2019) was the Tornado GR.4.

Next year along with a few friends of mine we intend to visit/re-visit the museum and spend a little longer than I personally had there.

For those that use Public Transport, the bus stops at the entrance to the Museum but it is a very infrequent service so be aware of the return time(s).

For those of you driving there is an ample car park on site, refreshments are available from the Cafe but don't be like me and miss the closing time of 15:00L/3 pm local time :-)

A very interesting and informative few hours spent there and thank you to all that volunteer / administer the running of this museum
Written October 24, 2021
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Tony D
Harrogate, UK169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I have been to the yorkshire Air Museum 3 times over the summer and autumn of 2021, and it has been an exceptional experience each time. The first trip was in July as part of a gathering of a car owners club I belong to, the 90 minutes or so we had on site was not enough, just enough to ick up an excellent presentation abou the key exhibit Halifax 'Friday the thirteenth' the guides here really bring the exhibits to life. i went back in Octpber with my brother in law who is a bit of a milotar expert, and we were there from 10 until 3pm, and it still wasn't enough. So this week I went back with a friend. This time two highlights centre around the Halifax (again). we had a personal tour from one of the guides, who tok us inside the plane...exceptional, then we wondered to the back of the plane where another guide was presenting about the rear gunners' lot to some young people who I would guess were about 12...he had their full attention, and involved them in a demonstration of how difficult it was to get out. This chap must have been 60 years their senior, but had them fully engaged. Again exceptional. Can't wait to go back, their is so much more to look at, and read in detail.
Written November 10, 2021
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