Gatwick Aviation Museum

Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood: Hours, Address, Gatwick Aviation Museum Reviews: 5/5

Gatwick Aviation Museum
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Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Ben
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Apr 2022
Fantastic museum and crew! Mike, Jerry and the guys were affable, engaging and interesting hosts. Absolutely worth your time and a visit. Seen quite a few museums, but rarely does a museum have such a fun and informative set of volunteers. A must-visit!

Guys, I know this is late, but better late than never - V/r, Ben the American
Written 18 May 2022
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Ian S
Luton, UK250 contributions
Apr 2022
Well this is a great little museum with great friendly staff and very knowledgeable volunteers. It may be small but is packed with information about the development of Gatwick Airport. A good collection of aircraft undercover and a few more outside. One of which the (Shackleton) is open for you to tour with aircrew that flew it this is included in the entry price. Can recommend a visit to this museum for both adults and kids alike.
Written 25 April 2022
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BeardedWanderer
Crawley, UK81 contributions
Apr 2022
I arranged for a group of 28 to visit the museum. As we were a large group, the museum kindly offered to open on a day when they are usually closed. Volunteers gladly gave up their free time to ensure that we all had the full experience.

On arrival, we were split into four groups of seven for the tour. The tour consisted of a guided walk through several interesting exhibits, ranging from the history of the area, a review of commercial operators that have used Gatwick, and many military aircraft.

The group were particularly interested in the new Virgin Airlines exhibit, with a full size, fully equipped section of the plane, and the Shackleton, used for surveillance during the Cold War. The range of aircraft in the hangar was most impressive.

All the exhibits were well displayed in the recently modernised areas, but the day was made by the enthusiasm and knowledge of the volunteers. All the guides had personal knowledge of their area and gave humorous and informative talks.

There really is something for everyone in this museum, and I fully recommend it for a fascinating visit.
Written 13 April 2022
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lindas006uk
London, UK30 contributions
Apr 2022
Wonderful visit. The volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Happy to answer any questions.
They opened the museum specially for our large group as they are not open every day.
Written 12 April 2022
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Jigs28
London, UK207 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Great little museum. Very accessible with plenty of parking. Staff are very friendly and knowledgable and thoroughly enjoy serving the museum. A few interactive opportunities for child, e.g. sitting in a Virgin cabin, helicopter. The shackleton is a highlight and Mike, who flew this aircraft around the world and is now aged 88 provided some fantastic insights. Kids tickets(U5) are free and so the limited items to keep the engaged is understandable. Adult pricing perhaps a little high given the size of the museum but it goes towards restoring the aircraft. A good afternoon and not too busy, which made for a pleasant trip.
Written 11 April 2022
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Jean C
Modbury, Devon85 contributions
Feb 2022
Wonderful memories of my time flying as cabin crew. Engines, aircraft, pictures. Really enjoyed it. One of the volunteers took us round and explained some things. Then outside they have a Shackleton.
Written 27 February 2022
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Peter J
5 contributions
Feb 2022
We had a Friday tour of the museum and exhibits. It was fascinating and we were amazed at the large display of post WW2 aircraft there was, including lots of information and aviation related equipment and displays.

The guided tour of the Shackleton Cold War search aircraft was a real treat and there's also a history of Gatwick Airport, with models, maps and photos for local interest.
Written 6 February 2022
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Gareth J
1 contribution
Jan 2022
Brought my 5 year old son here for the firs time earlier today, and had a thoroughly enjoyable morning out. The displays are well laid out, and featured some genuinely interesting aircraft (Saudi Lightning and RAF Harrier GR3), both indoors and out.

I would have liked to have spent longer than the couple of hours that I did, but there is no cafe or dining area (though there are picnic tables to bring your own) and so with the little one I have to cut the visit a little short. In fact, the absence of somewhere to sit down and eat was the only reason I didn't give it a five star rating, but I do understand that, as a relatively small organisation, they do not perhaps have the resources for this.

That said, would thoroughly recommend if you're looking to spend a morning or an afternoon looking at some fine aviation history.
Written 23 January 2022
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SparkySailor
Dorking, UK55 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit last Friday with our 2 year old grandson. Very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who gave us a tour around the museum and had some interesting first hand stories to tell.
Written 23 January 2022
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Chris H
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
I went to the Museum last Friday. Had a great time there. The team working that day would very helpful and took it in turns to provide information on any of the exhibits we were interested to know more about. I think this is valuable as much better to listen and ask questions than sometimes just reading the information. The team there were all enthusiastic and welcoming. I’ve joined as an animal member as it’s always nice taking people there who haven’t been before. It’s a small museum but what is has is very interesting if you like aviation and the history of Gatwick Airport.
Written 19 December 2021
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