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Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre

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Address: Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5FF, England
Phone Number:
+44 1273 467373
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08:00 - 20:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 07:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Brighton City Airport is the UK's oldest fully operational licensed...

Brighton City Airport is the UK's oldest fully operational licensed aerodrome and remains at the forefront of general aviation in this country. Built in 1934, the Art-Deco Terminal Building is Grade II* listed and is still in everyday use by business, training and pleasure flyers alike including many visitors from Europe. Many of the fixtures are original including the Whispering Gallery on the first floor and the main window design above the main entrance. In addition to aviation, the airport has also appeared in a number of high profile films, such as the Da Vinci Code, Poirot and more recently as Vienna Airport in the Woman in Gold, starring Dame Helen Mirren. During the summer of 2015, the airport played host to the inaugural Wild Life music festival, with headline acts such as Mark Ronson and Rudimental. The event also won the Best New Festival award in 2015 and brought significant benefits to the local economy. The Terminal Building also houses the Hummingbird Restaurant which includes an outdoor seating area where the whole airfield can be viewed. The Terminal Building underwent an external renovation to take it back to its former glory, which was completed in 2015.

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A nice place to stop and watch the aircraft activities on the apron. The building is interesting and you can see why it has been used for many films and TV.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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Hove
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to try something different and go to Shoreham Airport for tea and cake. We weren't disappointed. The beautiful Art Deco building is intact from outside and within. The music was authentic too. Just a warning that the chocolate cake was very large and filling, but satisfied my teenage son! It was lovely watching the small planes commence their... More 

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Thank Milnerhouse
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Shoreham Airport (now Brighton Airport) The buildings, interior is exactly how an original old time airport should be preserved to show how things used to be.

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Thank Andy C
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very good value with great surroundings with simple tasty food. Imagine yourself at the forefront of aviation passenger travel in the oldest working airport in the U.K.

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Hove
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520 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

A nice place to stop and watch the aircraft activities on the apron. The building is interesting and you can see why it has been used for many films and TV.

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Thank Jim B
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

I've visited Shoreham Airport for many years, including renewing my PPL. In recent years it's tended to be more of a visit when passing, for some refreshment or lunch. Parking used to be free, but in 2017 the charge for 1 hr has increased by 50% Funny how inflation is around 2% everywhere except car parks..... I object to this... More 

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Thank Peter T
Worthing
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I reviewed this several years ago and was not very complimentary. Since then the restaurant has been refurbished and is now a very nice place to go. It is possible to sit out in the summer and try to spot an aeroplane as it is not very busy in the week, but unfortunately last time we sat out it was... More 

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Thank Retired_travellers12
Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely Art Deco building, good service and good choice of food and drinks. Been before in the summer and it's a great place to sit outside and enjoy a drink and food.

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Thank Derm90
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Tucked away but easy to get to and great atmosphere Art Deco update great views watching light planes taking off and South Downs behind.

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Thank Pete V
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is the oldest airport in the UK. However it is now basically an average cafe with a few photographs. And a view of private small planes of course. What a lost opportunity. Also watch out for the car parking. Run by a separate company , you may easily find yourself the recipient of a £60 fine ! Will not... More 

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Thank Mikedesign1947
Horsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

I have been visiting Shoreham's wonderful Art Deco airport for many years and was looking forward to renewing my acquaintance today, after some years. Sadly, from being a wonderful Art Deco airport with a small and friendly restaurant it has become a large (and not especially good) restuarant overlooking an airfield. I should he been warned when I got to... More 

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