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Solway Aviation Museum

Block B Aviation House | Carlisle Airport, Carlisle CA6 4NW, England
+44 1228 573823
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Cracking little museum! So much to see, but not too much!

It's a really friendly place, and pretty compact. We were kept thoroughly entertained for two hours... read more

Reviewed today
Buxton, United Kingdom
Please go!!

Lovely museum, run entirely on contributions, £6 for adults and you get a tour of the Vulcan... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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
+44 1228 573823
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Reviewed today

It's a really friendly place, and pretty compact. We were kept thoroughly entertained for two hours and more. The indoors exhibits were charming & good and the outdoor ones were wonderful. Kids played in the Sea Prince & the Canberra for ages & we all...More

Thank lucyawainwright
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely museum, run entirely on contributions, £6 for adults and you get a tour of the Vulcan bomber, lovely old guy who can you all the info needed. This place needs your support and well wotrh a visit, you can touch and get in a...More

Thank fatelvisScotland
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited yesterday and spent a happy couple of hours wandering round. It is a fantastic little museum, just off the M6 and well worth a visit. Star of the show is the Vulcan which you are able to go inside, and which is an...More

Thank Cumbria_traveller123
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum inside was really good, informative and interactive. We were able to look at the aircraft outside and hop into a couple of cockpits. The best part was going into the Vulcan, where a lovely chap sat and told us all about the history...More

Thank Alexandra J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my now girlfriend of 2 years to the museum on our 3rd date and it was brilliant. Being in the Air Force myself, I found it extremely interesting and being able to go in the Vulcan bomber was amazing. Highly recommend you must go...More

Thank clapperton90
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent little museum run by very helpful and knowledgeable staff. The Vulcan bomber was excellent.

Thank fggggfgjhhhj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this little beauty by accident and what a delight!!! I fulfilled a childhood ambition... They have one of the most iconic 'Cokd War' RAF planes... The Vulcan Bomber... and I got to go in it!!! I could not believe my eyes, an English...More

Thank stephensT6902AD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The planes were butiful to see and the main building was full of facts and clean. The staff were very helpful and nice. The cafe was also there if needed. The vulcan bomber was good but they could do with a shelter there because the...More

Thank Hirdsusan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the very best aviation museums I've ever visited. A wide variety of informative displays, from local airfield history to photo reconnaissance to rockets all extremely well presented, and wonderful to be able to climb into the Vulcan cockpit with an extremely knowledgeable guide.

Thank 49Pete
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant modern history museum with local slant. Clear enthusiasm from the volunteers, and really good to be able to clamber aboard a selection of aircraft. Light snacks and coffee available was a bonus.

Thank 385hamishm
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Gordon H
May 22, 2017|
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
Marcus H
April 19, 2017|
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Response from David823 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed outside but must be on a lead, guide dogs are allowed inside the museum.