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Opening Times

Museum Status – Closed for the Winter

The Museum is open every weekend from the 31st of March 2017 until the last weekend in October on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, also on official English Bank Holidays.  

We will close for the winter on Sunday 29th October 2017.

Our opening times are 10:30am until 5:00pm (Last entry 4:15pm).

The Vulcan Bomber is open from 11.00am until 4.15pm.

Admission Charges for 2016

7ADULT … £6.00
(Aged 6-16years) £4.00
(Max 2 Children) £15.00


The Vulcan Bomber

Access to the Vulcan cockpit is included in your museum admission. Please advise the counter staff if you wish to visit so that they can book a slot for you on one of the tours.

A Few things to consider before visiting the Vulcan cockpit.

  • To get in to the Vulcan cockpit you do need to climb a ladder – if you are not confident on ladders please take this in to account.
  • This visit is not suitable for Children under 7 years of age.
  • The cockpit and crew areas are small and cramped. It may feel uncomfortable for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia.
  • The maximum number of visitors allowed in the cockpit on a tour is 5.


Blue Streak Exhibit

Discover Britain’s part in the Space Race and the story behind the testing of the ill fated Blue Streak rocket program.

Our superb display of rocket engines and model of the rocket launch facility at RAF Spadeadam on the windswept Gilsland fells, chronicles a little known episode in Britain’s recent history.

An interactive touchscreen allows visitors to explore the story of the Bluestreak project with video and pictures from the time.

The Engine Hall

A superb collection of aero engines that show how aircraft powerplants have developed.

From being small and relatively heavy in the early days through wartime ‘classics’ such as the Wright Cyclone and the Rolls-Royce Merlin, to the hugely powerful gas turbines such as the Rolls-Royce Avon.

The Avionics Room

The Avionics room highlights the role of the navigator and the development of electronic guidance equipment.

The room has exhibits of survival equipment, ejector seats, the Martin Baker story, and an area dedicated to Royal Observer Corps.

The Crosby Room

Enter the museum’s display rooms and step back to the 40’s through an air raid shelter, taking the visitor on a journey though the history of local wartime RAF Airfields.


Carlisle Airport

Ever wanted to be an air traffic controller?

In the Carlisle Airport room you have the chance to see a realistic mock up of the airports WWII control tower as well as hear a live feed from the tower.


The museum facilities include :-

  • Hot & Cold Refreshments
  • Gift Shop
  • Disabled Parking
  • A Wheelchair & an Electric shopping buggy are available.

How To Find Us

Solway Aviation Museum
Aviation House
Carlisle Airport

From North : A74(M) or the A7 to J44 of the M6 then follow signs to the A689 and Carlisle Airport, approx. 5 miles.
From East : Follow the A69 and then the A689 from roundabout just after Brampton – follow signs to Carlisle Airport.
From South : M6 to J44 and follow the signs for A689 and Carlisle Airport.

For visitors with Sat Nav our post code is – CA6 4NW

Grid Reference – NY483611

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