Spitfire Visitor Centre
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Spitfire Visitor Centre

Spitfire Visitor Centre
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Temporarily closedClosed until Mar 2, 2024
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Pre-Booked Weekend TOURS only. Book your ticket via our website homepage. Autumn/Winter 2023/24 Season. Our WW2 Hangar will take you back in time to World War Two. Hangar 42 was the first Bellman Hangar erected at RAF Squires Gate, in May 1939, housing Hawker Hurricanes and Boulton Paul Defiants. Operated by Volunteers the exhibits include Mark II, Vb & IX Spitfire's and a Hawker Hurricane MKII as well as operational wartime RAF airfield vehicles. If you are interested in sitting in the cockpit of one of our replica Spitfire Aircraft, there is an additional fee of £10. Virtual Reality experiences £5. Free parking on site, NO PETS allowed.
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  • KrissyZee
    Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom35 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    Amazing hidden gem in Blackpool. Get up close and personal with the most iconic aircraft - Spitfire & Hurricane - along with all sorts of other WW2 items including relics from air crash sites. Volunteers are great and have all sorts of stories to tell. Where else in the UK can can you sit in a Spitfire for a fiver?!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Andrew H
    1 contribution
    Really interesting, spent longer there than we expected to
    Fantastic place loads to see but was mainly impressed by the knowledge and passion of the people who work there. They kept on almost apologising and checking we were okay to keep listening, but we were loving every second hearing about the different planes and equipment as well as a few anecdotes and we found out loads of things we never knew before. Also make sure you do the virtual reality bomb raid, well worth the money! Thank you for a fantastic day and I can't wait to see your future projects!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • ChrisB8
    134 contributions
    allow more time than you think, loads to see
    very informative staff who could bring the experiences of the pilots and crew to life for you. most interesting to me were many photos. a realisation of how very busy Blackpool was in wartime with service personel billeted in and around the town. a question I've thought of since, with Blackpool Tower a massive landmark for the bombers, why was Blackpool not heavily bombed? is the rumour true that Hitler wanted it intact for his own use? for his SS staff recreation grounds? above all, a reminded of how everyone pulled together for the common good. no suitable category, visited as family group with adult children.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Mark Stocks
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Seeing The Beauty Of The Spitfire
    Hangar 42 ( Spitfire Visitor Centre ) blackpool airport is a fantastic place to visit Highly Recommended, the staff are very informative and very friendly. I enjoyed every minute of my time spent there ( taking photo's and film footage ), my favourite was having my photo taken sitting in a spitfire. I will definitely come back for another visit to view the beauty of the spitfires 10/10
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • elobuddy
    Brierfield, United Kingdom1 contribution
    TOTALLY AMAZING
    An amazing place to visit for a few hours or more as there is loads to see and many informative volunteers who are only too keen to share their knowledge and true stories of these WW2 heroes. Incredible team here make it a pleasure. OUTSTANDING
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Elaine R
    Preston, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Hidden gem @Blackpool airport
    Having read the excellent reviews for this visitor centre,and knowing my dad is a fan of these aircraft we decided to go on his birthday as small group,so glad we did! We had a marvelous experience right through our visit from the friendly knowledgeable staff to the brilliant wartime exhibits of artifacts and some great reconstructed spitfires and vehicles. Dad thoroughly enjoyed his birthday visit.100%recommended. Keep up the good work you lovely people!😊
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Ray T
    37 contributions
    Amazing Exhibition
    "Hangar 42" which, for those of you that dont know is a working Museum dedicated to the Actions of the RAF on the Fylde Coast during World War 2. Mainly Spitfire and Hurricane there is an amazing amount to see. This is due to the Dedication of a Group of Men and Women who want to keep the Memory of that part of our History alive. If you are bored and feel you have nothing to do......Give it a go, you will not be disappointed. I would suggest that it holds an interest for everyone. Ideally, in my opinion, for anyone between the ages of 5 and 99!!!!!!! Displays, presentations and interaction all the way around. Small refreshment area and lots to see and do. The Staff at "Hangar 42" are Knowledgeable, Passionate and Committed.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Alan T
    Prudhoe, United Kingdom41 contributions
    A nice, friendly little museum
    I found about the museum by pure accident and being a WW2 nut, decided to have a look in. They have a very good display, telling the story of the airfield from its early days, but a lot is focused on WW2. They have some very interesting exhibits as well as telling the stories of the aircraft and crews that flew from there. They also have flight simulators to keep the kids interested. The volunteers working there are friendly and informative. All in all a worthwhile place to visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Cameronv77
    Manchester, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Hangar 42 ……. The Place For You!
    We are interested in aviation and this was on our ‘to do’ list and we weren’t disappointed. Thought we would be there for about an hour and to be honest it was £21 for three Adults and if we had only been there 1 hour it would have been great value for money. However, the volunteers are so knowledgeable, patient and friendly we ended up being there for 3 hours!!!! The exhibits are so realistic (they are actually replicas), the artefacts are well laid out and the volunteers make it so interesting and are happy to chat for as long as you want to chat. Had a lovely cup of coffee and cake in the cafe which is set out in period decor, with lots of information and pictures on the wall. Coffee was in a lovely mug (not a flimsy paper cup)! Would highly recommend this museum but do check the opening hours befor you set off! When the Airspeed Oxford Project starts coming together and is on public display we will certainly be back to take a look. Thank you everyone at the museum for making a great day out.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Chqrl0tte
    Manchester, United Kingdom18 contributions
    Great Morning Out
    I would highly recommend the £8 guided tour. Great value. The staff are knowledgeable and make it very interesting. The only disappointment for my husband was the spitfire stimulator wasn’t in operation that day which he was looking forward to seeing but we still enjoyed it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK2,999 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Have been trying to visit Hangar 42 for years and eventually made it. Booked online to avoid disappointment and as a military veteran was able to receive a discount.

Easy to find down the side of Aldi off Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool. Plenty of parking and well signposted on arrival.

Very well organised and staff (volunteers) are all knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Very well laid out within the hangar and a tour leads you to each section where a volunteer delivers information about the exhibits infront. Enjoyed the tour and being able to roam freely on completion of the talks. Cameras welcomed and able to take own photos. Enjoyed looking at the photographs of Blackpool during WW2 and learning more about the presence of the RAF in the town. Steve was particularly interesting to chat to.

Thoroughly enjoyed the time spent here and highly recommend a visit.
Written 14 November 2023
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Jean_JeanieLancaster
Lancaster District, UK23 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We had a museum tour at 11am. Which was run by volunteers who were both enthusiastic and knowledgeable in every area. It gave our family a deeper respect for our heroes from yesterday year whi literally saved our lovely country!

At 6pm in the evening we returned for the Spitfire simulator! OMG OMG! Forget your little gaming trash guys! This is a full size Spitfire with working controls. You get dressed in the flying clothes and you get trained to fly a Spitfire!

Then you "fly" over the lakes! Engage in a dog flight over the cliffs of Dover.

We arrived at 6pm and left at 9.30pm. This is an amazing gift ! Totally unique
Written 1 November 2023
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Jenny L
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
A secret gem! An aircraft hanger stuffed to the rafters with memorabilia and run by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of volunteers. Fantastic, great value and a must see for any history, WW2 or Spitfire fan.
Written 31 October 2023
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Chqrl0tte
Manchester, UK18 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
I would highly recommend the £8 guided tour. Great value. The staff are knowledgeable and make it very interesting. The only disappointment for my husband was the spitfire stimulator wasn’t in operation that day which he was looking forward to seeing but we still enjoyed it.
Written 30 October 2023
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Cameronv77
Manchester, UK24 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We are interested in aviation and this was on our ‘to do’ list and we weren’t disappointed. Thought we would be there for about an hour and to be honest it was £21 for three Adults and if we had only been there 1 hour it would have been great value for money. However, the volunteers are so knowledgeable, patient and friendly we ended up being there for 3 hours!!!! The exhibits are so realistic (they are actually replicas), the artefacts are well laid out and the volunteers make it so interesting and are happy to chat for as long as you want to chat. Had a lovely cup of coffee and cake in the cafe which is set out in period decor, with lots of information and pictures on the wall. Coffee was in a lovely mug (not a flimsy paper cup)! Would highly recommend this museum but do check the opening hours befor you set off! When the Airspeed Oxford Project starts coming together and is on public display we will certainly be back to take a look. Thank you everyone at the museum for making a great day out.
Written 17 September 2023
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Alan T
Prudhoe, UK41 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
I found about the museum by pure accident and being a WW2 nut, decided to have a look in. They have a very good display, telling the story of the airfield from its early days, but a lot is focused on WW2. They have some very interesting exhibits as well as telling the stories of the aircraft and crews that flew from there. They also have flight simulators to keep the kids interested. The volunteers working there are friendly and informative. All in all a worthwhile place to visit.
Written 6 September 2023
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Ray T
Lancashire37 contributions
Aug 2023
"Hangar 42" which, for those of you that dont know is a working Museum dedicated to the Actions of the RAF on the Fylde Coast during World War 2. Mainly Spitfire and Hurricane there is an amazing amount to see. This is due to the Dedication of a Group of Men and Women who want to keep the Memory of that part of our History alive.
If you are bored and feel you have nothing to do......Give it a go, you will not be disappointed. I would suggest that it holds an interest for everyone. Ideally, in my opinion, for anyone between the ages of 5 and 99!!!!!!!
Displays, presentations and interaction all the way around.
Small refreshment area and lots to see and do.
The Staff at "Hangar 42" are Knowledgeable, Passionate and Committed.
Written 13 August 2023
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Elaine R
Preston, UK1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Having read the excellent reviews for this visitor centre,and knowing my dad is a fan of these aircraft we decided to go on his birthday as small group,so glad we did!
We had a marvelous experience right through our visit from the friendly knowledgeable staff to the brilliant wartime exhibits of artifacts and some great reconstructed spitfires and vehicles.
Dad thoroughly enjoyed his birthday visit.100%recommended.
Keep up the good work you lovely people!😊
Written 6 August 2023
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Daniel R
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Excellent place to take the family. My eight year old son loved sitting in the Spitfire.

Friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff, very good value for money.
Written 30 July 2023
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Brendan-Sunny-Dees
Blackpool, UK50 contributions
Jun 2023
We visited during Armed Forces Week and the hanger is supported by fantastic volunteers. Seeing the Spitfires up close is amazing and lots of memorabilia to see too!
Written 20 July 2023
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