Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
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Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
OPEN THURSDAY 10am-4pm, FRIDAY 10am-4pm, SATURDAY 10am-4pm, SUNDAY 12-4pm (Weather Permitting) LAST ENTRY 3pm. Children get free entry and must be supervised by an adult at all times. Montrose was Great Britain’s first operational military airfield, established by the Royal Flying Corps in February 1913. The museum aims to show the human side of the Air Station's past with a collection of contemporary photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. These not only tell of the history of the airfield but also the story of those who served here and those who lived in the area. It is an independent, accredited museum run entirely by volunteers. Aircraft include a Panavia Tornado GR4, a Hawker Hunter F1, a Gloster Meteor and a de Havilland Sea Vampire. There is also a full-size replica Supermarine Spitfire MkVb and our volunteers have built amazing full-size replicas of a WWI B.E.2a and a Sopwith Camel, the only ones in Scotland.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • sanamkumar
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom469 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    It’s a good small place which you can access by the tour of train also which starts from Brechin. Makes you feel like the old time Indian steam locomotives. It’s not a time journey for someone coming from India as this prevails in India as well. The airforce station is very neat and clean but does not having any eating place so better carry your food and stuff
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • jarob2423415
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing history
    Really nice museum. Great history and run entirely by volunteers. Local council should be much more involved. Amazing and dedicated people keeping it going. Lots for kids to look at and we'll done for allowing them free entry. The poppy remembrance wall is a really nice idea.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • hols201
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place to visit
    What a fantastic place to visit. Lots to see, learn and so many personal stories to read about the men and women who worked and lived at the base. Thank you to the very welcoming staff who made the visit such an enjoyable experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • NetN
    Burnopfield, United Kingdom180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of history
    Well worth a visit - even if it's just to see how on earth they managed to squeeze a tornado into that hangar. It's very carefully parked. This is a really friendly little museum - good for an hour or two. There's an introductory video giving the history of the base which is well worth watching (13 mins) and the displays include reconstructions of offices and accommodation as well as planes both indoors and outdoors. There is a restoration shed where volunteers are very happy to talk about the work in progress. Children of 15 and under go free which is absolutely great but there isn't a concession for students of 16 plus which was a bit disappointing as our 17 year old son is still in full time education. Still, it's all in a good cause I suppose.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Nic W
    Manchester, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    What a truly wonderful place with a force of amazing volunteers. So much to see and learn. This was the highlight of our holiday. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. Such amazing stories of bravery and ingenuity to keep you entertained. The 1940's room was truly excellent and just one of many high quality exhibits. Don't hesitate, money well spent and there is a little shop too. Dog friendly 😁
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Anco M
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom689 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely
    This was the second time we visited Montrose Air Station, but the last time was years ago. This remains a lovely little unexpected treasure. The reception is friendly with a lovely 40’s room. The original 1913 hangars slightly off base house amongst others a Tornado. The rest of the base is a great mix of local history, life at the base and a mix between WWI & WWII planes. A very nice little visit for an hour or so.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 March 2024
  • chrisgT1305DO
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit!
    We had an excellent afternoon at this hidden gem of a museum. You were able to get close to the exhibits. There are some personal tales and possessions which made it all very real and reinforced the sacrifice previous generations made for us. The volunteer team are incredibly friendly and helpful. A hidden gem of a museum very much worthy of a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2024
  • miscellm
    Jerez De La Frontera, Spain22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t pass this by, it’s so interesting
    An absolutely brilliant place to visit. The volunteers do a fantastic job with the displays and information and are so friendly. Spent 2-3 hours wandering around, extremely interesting place and well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
  • Des M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Magical Nostalgic Visit
    This Centre is a credit to the volunteers who maintain it. It's very small compared to East Fortune but boy does it give it a run for its money. It will take 2/3 hours to get round it but if you wish to read all the information on the exhibits, the sky's the limit. I served for 25 years in the RAF and cast a very critical eye over the exhibits and can only congratulate the volunteers for the accuracy of them. I felt like I'd stepped back into the RAF. For anyone interested in RFC/RAF in WW1 and WW2, this is a "must visit, cannot miss it" exhibition.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 May 2024
  • Callum
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    An excellent museum on the site of the old airfield at Montrose. One of the first in Great Britain. Some excellent original artifacts: uniforms, medals, equipment, engines, plane parts etc with excellent interpretation. Much housed in original buildings from the period. Some fantastic replica and original planes from across the history of British military aviation. The volunteers who keep this going are excellent and deserve their own mention. If you’re in the area or passing by, it is a gem. A must see.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2024
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Meghann J
Montrose, UK285 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
This museum was a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon. The exhibits were interesting, the volunteers very friendly and helpful and I’d say the entrance fee is fair (£6 per adult and our daughter got in for free.) I would definitely say it’s an attraction for a dry day as much of it is outside and you spend a lot of time walking between hangers. There is a cafe but it was not open on the day we visited. The gift shop is decent.
All in all I’d say worth a visit if you’re at a loose end or if the subject matter is of particular interest to you, but I wouldn’t go out of my way.
Written 17 February 2023
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PiningMartin
Aberdeen, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
As air museums go this is a small site but packed with history and run by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. In a hanger well over a century old you'll find a tornado that was in active RAF service only 2 years ago. There are a small number of other complete aircraft and replicas. Indoor exhibits tell the story of the base in the 2 world wars and of the men and women who passed through it.
Written 28 August 2022
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Tim S
South Ferriby, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Second time visiting here in the past 3 years, and yes it was worth it. The museum has slowly developed and more things have been added and improved. Covid though did restrict acccess a little but the staff made up for this with the time they spent making your visit as full as possible.
Well worth returning...
Written 29 October 2020
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Ian T
Cowdenbeath, UK139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Excellent, small museum. Staff are passionate about what they are doing and keeping the details and stories alive. A lot of work in progress and a Tornado arriving soon. Friendly and nice little shop as well.
Written 2 May 2022
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LittleScottishTreasures - Magical Tours
Dunfermline, UK364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Business
We took a couple of guests here, one of whom was very interested in military history and aviation... perfect.

The site is small but well laid out and we would concider returning with guests again if it were not for the one bad point.

As tour operators we like to accompany our guests around locations once we get to know the site, unfortunately we were told that guides have to pay too for entry, which is rare for any attraction and deters the very people who bring custom.

I kept the review at 4 stars to reflect the quality of the work being done here.
Written 21 May 2022
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Thank you for your review and we apologise for any misunderstanding regarding the charging of tourist guides. We would not normally charge tourist guides who we know, or where the guide has given us some advanced notice of their group's visit. We do hope that you will return as I'm sure that many of your clients will find the museum of great interest.
Written 30 May 2022
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Departure798517
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
What a gem! Don’t be put off by the winding an inauspicious approach: this museum is a fully indulgent experience, hosted by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. The scale of the Montrose base and the part played in defending the UK is expertly and imaginatively portrayed. Excellent entertainment for all age groups.
Written 11 July 2024
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Helen H
Glasgow, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Excellent museum, staff are friendly and very informative. Loved seeing the Tornado in the hangar and staff were happy to answer any questions and provide insight into all the museum had to offer. Well worth a visit if in the area. Great price too and no charge for children which was brilliant.
Written 21 August 2022
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mike_gss
Aberdeen, United Kingdom15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Most people have said it already - an excellent little museum and heritage centre. Very enthusiastic and friendly staff and reasonably priced entry. These smaller museums find it tough to operate and compete with the "mega" attractions but they are hugely important and this one in particular tells a fascinating story about the unique role held by Montrose. Please support them.
Written 18 August 2022
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797dennisp
Montrose, UK30,912 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Lovely day in Montrose for the Red Arrows to fly over ! Updates were announced over the speaker "The Red Arrows are now over Arbroath 2 minutes away" Of course I looked down at the wrong time and saw them disappearing into the distance.

I'm sure most of the crowd with cameras were more alert than I was.

Good day out for families with snacks, burgers and cold drinks available. All proceeds going towards the upkeep of this station.

I think it was a donation of £1 to get in.
Written 29 October 2022
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DrWork@Work
Edzell, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Excellent collection of real life stories of airmen ( and women). Great displays and lots to see and hear. It says 1-2 hours but if you want to read things, we’d suggest about 3 hours to be able to read all the information and hear the videos etc. Lovely helpful volunteers. We live only 12 miles away and cannot believe it’s taken me so long to visit the museum.
Written 14 July 2023
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