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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 like planes and engineering you'll love this

set up and run by volunteers, this small museum is located outside of carlisle on a nearby... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fiona G
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Great Museum, Well Worth a Visit

A Great Museum Very interesting with ROC local interest A Collection of aero engines,ehobits... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2017
CUMBRIAVIEW
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Conwy, 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 2 weeks ago

set up and run by volunteers, this small museum is located outside of carlisle on a nearby airfield. There is an interesting collection of memorabilia relating to passenger and military flight and nearby bluestreak/spadeadam. Displays are informative and give interesting insight into the development and...More

Thank Fiona G
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

A Great Museum Very interesting with ROC local interest A Collection of aero engines,ehobits Shop and Cafe where you can pick up one of your favourite model aircraft kits A Blue Streak section,Machine guns display and lots more It has some iconic aircraft on static...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Very interesting afternoon spent in the museum, lots to see and do and loved getting to go inside the planes. Loved climbing inside the Vulcan, and learning lots about it. Helpful and enthusiastic staff, full of information.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Really very good, Beavers and cubs enjoyed going up into the cocpit its a few year ago now so may have more exibits

Thank MAUREEN W
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This museum was a fascinating insight for the children and us into the history of the planes and rockets in Britain. Being able to enter the planes was the highlight of the experience. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly and shared some amazing...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We put the postcode into the sat nav which took us to some road closed sections near the museum but we got there eventually. Lots to see inside the museum and very informative. A little annoying that having picked up goods to the value of...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I've been there a lot, not just because I'm local but it always amazes me every time, they seem to come up with new goodies to read look at and to touch every time I visit, if u are near this region it's worth a...More

Thank ian n
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

The Vulcan nuclear bomber is the most impressive part of the outdoor display with guided cockpit access available. Sad that all these amazing and valuable aircraft are deteriorating out in the open. Most countries would have them protected in hangars but the Solway Aviation Museum...More

Thank Clive W
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

after a delicious all day breakfast in the control tower cafe we then devoured the museum starting with a visit to the Avro Vulcan and into the cockpit - if you can't do ladders don't bother! but it was certainly worth the effort. This was...More

Thank jpm_30
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Run by knowledgeable volunteers, this place is a gold mine for aviation enthusiasts. Well worth the £6 entry fee and so much too see. Well done all.

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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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