South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
4.5
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We are an aviation museum dedicated to preserving and displaying the aviation history of South Yorkshire and other areas. The museum is run by volunteers and is a Registered Charity. The Museum is suitable and interesting for all ages groups and caters for school and others group visits. The site is accessible by wheelchair users and is pram friendly. We encourage people to become members and for them to be able to get involved with the running of a busy museum in all its aspects.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sean P
    2 contributions
    Great value and good fun.
    First impressions weren't great. It kind of looks like a scrapyard from the outside. However once inside it is an Aladdins cave of interesting exhibits. My son especially loved the interactive cockpits and the plane simulator. We'll be back.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Anne L
    Swinton, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Brilliant way to occupy husband & grandsons.
    Visited here today together with husband and grandsons aged 10 & 12. I was impressed from the start as you could buy a family ticket for £18, bargain. Next, the amount of displays and memorabilia are excellent and the boys were able to sit in numerous cockpits which they thoroughly enjoyed. A room with a plane and a helicopter simulator in was real fun. Later we were able to buy a drink and cake, sit inside and recap, ready to carry on and see even more exhibits. It’s an excellent place to visit, I’m sure we will be back again.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Chris Hall
    Hornsea, United Kingdom3 contributions
    A fabulous experience
    Came here having read recent reviews and it more than exceeded our expectations, we came with our children and our 3 year old daughter loved it. There are many cockpits for the children to sit in and engage with and there are picnic benches around the place to sit and eat. I can’t comment on the cafe as we brought our own picnic but all the facilities were clean and tidy and the whole exhibits were well sign posted. all in all an enjoyable afternoon. My only gripe is the grassed area at the front would be best utilised for a children’s play area!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 May 2023
  • kensmoon
    Lincoln, United Kingdom1,044 contributions
    Enjoyable visit
    Within a relatively small area, compared to other aircraft museums, there is a great selection of helicopters, aircraft and exhibits which should appeal to all ages. The war related ones, especially the tribute to the four women from the WAAF who joined the Special Operations Executive, were particularly informative and moving. The woman on reception was very pleasant and friendly.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Thomas S
    1 contribution
    An absolute gem of a museum, definitely returning soon
    A fantastic museum, and well worth the trip up. Lots to see, some unique airframes, and some aircraft you would have seen before, but with interesting stories. Each aircraft (or part of) is accompanied by boards with a wealth of information, and areas are laid out to tell the history of early flight in the area, wartime activity, civil flying and a very well put together Falklands War section which is worth a good chunk of your time. Anyone with a particular interest in helicopters is very well served, with the museum being home to many different types and the Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group collection. While being less full of airframes than the other buildings, the Building 21 display is fascinating and is somewhere I could have spent a lot longer than I did on this trip if I had more time. Alongside the assembled aircraft is a brilliant array of engines, components, information, and more aircraft related paraphernalia than you could shake a stick at. I‘ve made a bit of a personal mission to visit a lot of aircraft museums this summer, but this one stood out as the one that put the biggest smile on my face as I walked around it. You can feel the passion and interest put into the whole site by the volunteers and exhibit owners, I’ll definitely be back next time I’m passing Doncaster.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 September 2023
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roger w
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
contents of the museum very interesting but they do not have aything regarding ww2 air sea rescue ...if its got wings or rotors yes...but they completely ignore the vital contribution of RAF AIR SEA RESCUE service both during the war and post war.
so if you like chopprs and aircraft...great...but ASR nothing
Written 28 September 2023
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Thomas S
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Solo
A fantastic museum, and well worth the trip up. Lots to see, some unique airframes, and some aircraft you would have seen before, but with interesting stories. Each aircraft (or part of) is accompanied by boards with a wealth of information, and areas are laid out to tell the history of early flight in the area, wartime activity, civil flying and a very well put together Falklands War section which is worth a good chunk of your time.

Anyone with a particular interest in helicopters is very well served, with the museum being home to many different types and the Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group collection.

While being less full of airframes than the other buildings, the Building 21 display is fascinating and is somewhere I could have spent a lot longer than I did on this trip if I had more time.

Alongside the assembled aircraft is a brilliant array of engines, components, information, and more aircraft related paraphernalia than you could shake a stick at.

I‘ve made a bit of a personal mission to visit a lot of aircraft museums this summer, but this one stood out as the one that put the biggest smile on my face as I walked around it. You can feel the passion and interest put into the whole site by the volunteers and exhibit owners, I’ll definitely be back next time I’m passing Doncaster.
Written 17 September 2023
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Ian D
Yorkshire, UK40 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
You don't have to be a spotter to enjoy a visit here. It has a good variety of aircraft to look at and a lot of other aviation paraphernalia. It's quite an extensive site, being laid out across the former RAF Doncaster. Well worth a visit.
Written 26 August 2023
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Frank M
Motherwell, UK240 contributions
Aug 2023
Enjoyed my visit from start to finish, helped by the great weather on the day to allow time to stroll around the many exhibits parked outside.
Allow a good 2 hours for your visit, longer if needed. Plenty of seating in the grounds for eating and drinking. Although there is a combined cafe/shop at the entrance, which has tea, coffee and soft drinks, please bring snacks if you have kids.

ON ENTRY - Please, if you are a tax payer, subscribe to gift aid so that the museum can receive - literally - free money from the government. It costs you nothing.

I was amazed at the vast selection and variety of aircraft on show within the museum and, just when I thought I'd done it all, found other areas to visit. Make sure you go through all the side rooms as you'll miss lots of features about life during the war, for example.

The museum, although not on the scale of RAF owned venues, boasts a massive variety of items from man's earliest flying endeavours up to kore recent civilian and military times.

Plenty to keep kids happy with a number of exhibits designed with them, in particular. I was on a child-free visit so could afford the time to saunter at my own convenience.

Now, as a pedestrian visitor to the museum I relied on local info but here's my suggestion.

If travelling by bus from Doncaster bus station (beside railway station), use stand 4 and any bus from there to Belle Vue Way/Bawtry Road (Asda store on your right).

Cross over to Asda and follow path round left side of building to the front.

Walk diagonally right across the car parks to Frankie & Benny's (5 minutes) and go down path between that and police station.

Continue onto Dakota Way and museum directly ahead through wrought iron gates.

Finally, I'd like to thank Alan for his quick reply to my nosiness and gave me the few registrations I'd missed.
Written 14 August 2023
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Bluebass71
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
The falklands section was really interesting. Lots of different parts to look at including the 1st and 2nd world war buildings
Written 23 July 2023
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kensmoon
Lincoln, UK1,044 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Within a relatively small area, compared to other aircraft museums, there is a great selection of helicopters, aircraft and exhibits which should appeal to all ages. The war related ones, especially the tribute to the four women from the WAAF who joined the Special Operations Executive, were particularly informative and moving. The woman on reception was very pleasant and friendly.
Written 31 May 2023
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Chris Hall
Hornsea, UK3 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Came here having read recent reviews and it more than exceeded our expectations, we came with our children and our 3 year old daughter loved it. There are many cockpits for the children to sit in and engage with and there are picnic benches around the place to sit and eat. I can’t comment on the cafe as we brought our own picnic but all the facilities were clean and tidy and the whole exhibits were well sign posted. all in all an enjoyable afternoon. My only gripe is the grassed area at the front would be best utilised for a children’s play area!
Written 8 May 2023
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Anne L
Swinton, UK9 contributions
Apr 2023
Visited here today together with husband and grandsons aged 10 & 12. I was impressed from the start as you could buy a family ticket for £18, bargain. Next, the amount of displays and memorabilia are excellent and the boys were able to sit in numerous cockpits which they thoroughly enjoyed. A room with a plane and a helicopter simulator in was real fun. Later we were able to buy a drink and cake, sit inside and recap, ready to carry on and see even more exhibits. It’s an excellent place to visit, I’m sure we will be back again.
Written 4 April 2023
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Sean P
2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
First impressions weren't great. It kind of looks like a scrapyard from the outside. However once inside it is an Aladdins cave of interesting exhibits.
My son especially loved the interactive cockpits and the plane simulator.
We'll be back.
Written 28 February 2023
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mark b
Warrington, UK23 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Came here with my wife, our daughters and their children aged 12, 3 . Everybody loved it. The sheer number of exhibits along with the care and attention afforded us by the staff we saw made the visit really enjoyable. My uncle did his navigator training at RAF Finningley, before eventually going on to train as a pilot flying Shackletons and VC 10's with the RAF. So in a way we felt that we had a small link to the museum. Thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon we spent here. I should also mention that they have the best stocked model aircraft choice I've seen in a very long time
Well done to the staff for all their efforts, we certainly came away jacking had a great time
Written 25 October 2022
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