Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre
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Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Croydon Airport Visitor Centre micro-museum- located in Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon CR0 0XZ. Open on the 1st Sunday of the month throughout the year. Special Open Days at other times- see website for details. Haley Sharpe designed and winner of a British Tourism Award, featuring interactive displays and storyboards. It tells the story of Britain's first major international airport through World War I, Imperial Airways , record-breaking flights by the likes of Amy Johnson and others, the Battle of Britain and much, much more.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ashley W
    London, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Fantastic slice of aviation history, with brilliant volunteers
    Fantastic visit led by brilliant tour guide Neil — supported by wonderfully knowledgeable volunteers throughout. This should really be a national museum, such is its significance in the history of aviation. Thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2023
  • KateLondon_9
    London, United Kingdom1,473 contributions
    Really fantastic
    I throughly enjoyed my visit to Croydon airport with my family. The tour guides were superb - so knowledgeable and dedicated. Neil was excellent and had an exceptional level of knowledge about the site. Roger’s videos were really excellent - such a brilliant way to show what the airport used to look like. I will try and find his other videos on YouTube as they were fascinating. My daughter really enjoyed the flight simulator in the control tower. I will definitely tell friends and family to visit. I wish it was open more than one Sunday per month. The volunteers are all so great. I bought a couple of souvenirs to take home - a mug and a magnet for me and a glider toy for my daughter. What a lovely afternoon we had!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Caleb
    1 contribution
    Fascinating and informative!
    I am 16 and i doing my GCSE’s, they are not at all nice but I am getting through them. I am covering ‘flight’ as a design topic for an art project in which I need to create a mural design for a airport. Many students are taking Heathrow and Gatwick, and some other airports from different countries. But what I found out is you don’t need to create a mural design for a currently operational airport. So I chose Croydon airport, to embrace the history, culture and still manage to be using the same specifications that the other students use. My time there was informative fun to learn about these sorts of things and has given me a good insight into the airport’s history. I have to thank Neil for touring us. He was very knowledgeable and helpful with my understanding of the airport’s history and culture. I recommend going there to anyone who is interested in the aviation history of Croydon and it will help preserve Croydon’s legacy.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • arnottdavies
    London, United Kingdom318 contributions
    Well worth the detour
    Such a treat - Welcoming and enthusiastic volunteers take you into and around this amazing slice of history. If you are interested in air transport, 30's architecture, the way Britain ran in the 30's this will be a real eye opener. You need to book in advance as only open once a month adn the trips do go at a pace but such a joy that the airport building has survived and that this charity is keeping its memories alive.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2023
  • prahar007
    Pune, India3 contributions
    Calling all AvGeeks!
    A fascinating visit to the birthplace of Britain’s first national airline and air traffic control. The Volunteer Team is passionate, knowledgeable and well organised. A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 April 2023
  • Lynn H
    1 contribution
    Good place to spend a few hours
    Although I'm not very interested in aviation, this is a fascinating place to visit from a historical point of view. It is well organised and even though it was busy, everything worked well. All in return for a small donation. Well done to the volunteers who run it. Good for all ages.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 June 2023
  • sarah j
    4 contributions
    Excellent drivers, Prompt service, Team work
    Yesterday , I booked a cab in early morning with Bookride with this number 020 8688 6644.This guys works for 24/7 , as I have to reach the gatwick within half an hour , they arranged the cab and send it with 10 minutes of booking. Really guys you rock the croydon Area. Once again I would like to Thank the whole team for they dedicated work . Literally, The driver was humble & help in My luggage as I was in a little bit hurry to reach the Airport.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Alicia Munro
    4 contributions
    Lots of history
    Such an interesting place to visit with lots of knowledgeable people taking us on a tour. Amy Johnson, small raffia chairs to sit on in the first planes to fly commercially from there, lovely 1920s neoclassical building. Loved it
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Zara S
    United Kingdom2 contributions
    Great family day out
    Considering we took our 4 children (13, 4, almost 2 years and 7months) a great time was had by all. My 13 year old learnt about how out home is built on the same ground the airport formally was and is now excited to learn about the road names and the planes to match them. Our 4 and 2 year old loved seeing the planes looking at the pictures and especially the dressing up section. And the 7month old just loved the attention she got. Their father and I enjoyed learning things we never necessarily knew about where we live and was great to see our children learning new things too. Our tour guide Graham was friendly and patient with our explorative 4 & 2 year olds and we truly appreciated the day. We hope to come back again another time.
    Hello Zara, thanks very much for your review and for the brilliant photos. We're so glad that you and your family enjoyed your visit. Some examples of streets on the Roundshaw estate which are named after aeroplanes, are Meteor, Britannia, Spitfire, Hurricane, Vanguard, Brabazon, Typhoon, Hunter. And some of the streets named after famous pioneers of flight are Cobham, Mollison, Alcock and Olley. There are lots more! I hope that helps your daughter. Best Regards, Graeme
    Written 2 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • EmilyRJP
    6 contributions
    An enjoyable experience at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre
    We had an enjoyable time at the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre. There were many interesting things to look at and learn about. Nick was absolutely fantastic. He was in the air traffic control tower room during our guided tour and he was really informative and interested in what we as a group had to input from our own experiences and knowledge of the centre, answering our questions with a patient and kind approach. Would definitely return if he was going to be our tour guide for the whole experience!
    Thanks very much for your review and feedback Emily, and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. I have passed on your feedback to Nick
    Written 3 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
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cybernetCroydon
Croydon, UK36 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Attended on the first Sunday in February with our two girls. Everything was well organised and our guide was engaging and knowledgeable. I worked in Airport House back in the 90s and it was lovely to see that the control tower had been restored and opened to visitors. Thoroughly recommended!
Written 5 February 2024
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Chris G
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We spent a couple of pleasurable hours walking round with the guides. All of the guides were very knowledgable and helpful. Croydon Airdrome is a very interesting place and well worth visiting.
Written 4 December 2023
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Janet_Sarah
Bath, UK313 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We drove past this in the summer and thought the building looked lovely. I searched and discovered that they run tours on the first Sunday of each month, so we booked for December. From the outset the experience was great. I used the contact form as I had a question, and received a reply from volunteer Graeme almost immediately. We arrived this morning and were greeted by a lady at the door, and then Graeme and another volunteer just inside. All we're lovely and very friendly. Our tour guide was Neil. He was clearly an enthusiast and was very engaging. There was plenty of info and he was able to answer questions. After a short talk inside we went out and stood under the plane in front of the building for a talk, then around the back of if the building to see the control tower. After a short video back inside - a fascinating recreation of the airport in the late 1920s - we went up to the control tower. Once the guided section was over (thanks, Neil!), we were able to spend as much time as we wished reading the information and looking at the many photos and displays. It was so interesting and worth every penny. Thanks, Neil, et al.
Written 3 December 2023
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Stephen H
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Very interesting tour and well organised by the volunteers. Lots of facts and information about the origins of the airfield and how it developed.
Written 3 December 2023
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Martyn D
Southampton, UK4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday morning. So much history to the UK's first International Airport with the world's first air traffic control licence. So many interesting exhibits to see how commercial flight travel evolved. Manned by volunteers our guide Neil was very knowledgeable with lots of interesting stories about this beautiful building and aircraft through the ages. Numbers visiting are limited and you do need to book well in advance as it is only open the 1st Sunday each month but well worth the £6 entry donation fee.
Written 7 November 2023
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Rina
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Had a great tour of Croydon Airport. Our guide Mara was excellent and all staff were helpful and knowledgable. It was really interesting to learn about the airport and early aviation. Would recommend!
Written 5 November 2023
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clare
Crete, Greece10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
A wonderfully informative tour with Neil. So much to see and learn about. Really enjoyed visualising my grandparents using this airport!
Written 5 November 2023
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David
Walton-On-Thames, UK2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Arrival at the handsome old terminal building with a vintage airliner in front of it is stunning, and parking is easy and free. If you've flown on Ryanair or EasyJet, come to Croydon Airport and see how it used to be done, how commercial aviation began - it was more or less invented here! Perhaps the most fascinating bit is finding out how air traffic control used to work ages before radar was invented. This visit takes you back 100 years to another world entirely!
Written 5 September 2023
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Sam R
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a true hidden gem. Why this hasn’t been turned into a full time museum, I don’t know! Fascinating insights into what is essentially a template for modern air travel. Would be great to see the building taken back completely to its original interior design, especially as the first international airport in the world!
Written 6 August 2023
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martin b
London, UK7 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
A very interesting tour of the airport terminal. I particularly liked the video 'airport house, depature' which was shown during my visit. Really brought the experience of 1920s air travel to life. You can find it on youtube
Written 4 July 2023
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CROYDON AIRPORT VISITOR CENTRE: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 15:00