Avro Heritage Museum
Avro Heritage Museum
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  • Ian S
    Wilmslow, United Kingdom100 contributions
    Just a great place
    Wow, I am a plane enthusiast, but this is at a different level. My son and I went and had a great time. One of the team, Ian Peat showed us around and his enthusiasm was superb. We took the chance to have a light lunch too, that was really good.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 16 January 2023
  • Eltoncook
    Manchester, United Kingdom42 contributions
    Mega fantastic visit
    Me and my daughter age 12 visited the museum for the first time as we live close by and super excited to visit. We were not disappointed with our visit the staff were very informative and extremely helpful throughout the visit. It might come across as being on the small size however it really packs a punch on vast amount of information available on the history of the site and company Its fascinating the contribution this site has to so many aviation wonders over the years and shaping the world we live in The fact the lancaster bomber was built here and vulcan and many more great aircraft. We also got to sit and listen to a presentation with a former vulcan pilot which was truly amazing. I can't wait to go back and join as a member and continue to support this great museum and staff.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 February 2023
  • Dor M
    22 contributions
    10/10
    A Grand Day Out. Brought my elderly dad - the volunteers clearly realised they had two bona fide aeroplane geeks on their hands and shared in-depth information during our Lancaster cockpit visit (well worth the asking price!) then gave dad the virtual bombing raid over Berlin headset (no charge, 13 Minutes). Best of all was the Vulcan talk - well sustained, lots of information delivered by a former pilot who noticed dad's hearing aids and made sure dad could see his mouth at all times if he was speaking. I drove a very content and included dad home. Many, many thanks to all concerned.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 February 2023
  • glendair
    Pitlochry, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Well Worth A Visit.
    Thoroughly enjoyed my visit here and particularly the personal tour of the Vulcan cockpit. Although not a large museum, there is plenty to occupy your time, from exhibits to information.There was no shortage of volunteers and all were very helpful. Would love to see the complete Vulcan, along with the Nimrod and VC 10 cockpits under cover in the future, as they will surely perish over time if not protected. The coffee shop was also very good and they kindly assured me that they would stay open for me after my personal tour. Well worth a visit and highly recommended.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Rachel WP
    Leeds, United Kingdom8 contributions
    So informative
    We visited today 2 adults, girls aged 13 and boy 12. When we got home my son told his dad and said the people working£ there were so enthusiastic and he learnt so much. I agree completely the visit was brought to life by the staff working there. So knowledgeable kind and patient with our preteens. Thankyou for keeping this story alive x
    Visited April 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • 91francinea
    Stockport, United Kingdom12 contributions
    Enjoyable
    Very interesting visit, only 5 minutes away from home and this was our first visit. We had a 10 year old with us who did get a little bored, paid the extra for the 3 of us to go in 2 of the cockpits. Again really interesting but especially in the Vulcan only 1 of the party got to sit in the pilots seat, the others didn’t get a proper view of it. I appreciate it’s a small space but perhaps they could rethink this. Maybe £2 extra each is a bit much after paying £9 to get in. As others have said it’s quite small but lots of model planes and lots of information on the Lancaster. Not somewhere you would return to quickly but I wouldn’t stop anyone visiting but would inform them that it’s limited. Loved the Vulcan outside as we had very happy memories of the Air shows there over the years. Everything comes down to cost these days and perhaps the £30 plus buying a gift for the little one maybe too much for a lot of people.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Nick H
    Studley, United Kingdom127 contributions
    An Enjoyable experience.
    A small museum with a comprehensive collection of Avro related exhibits including cockpit replicas of the Lancaster bomber and Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft, engines, and anti-submarine equipment. There are several videos and a virtual reality Lancaster bombing raid experience. A small cafe offers hot and cold drinks and snacks. The staff many of whome are ex Avro emploees are exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable and eager to share their knowledge with visitors.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 May 2023
  • BillyT9999
    Bromley, United Kingdom74 contributions
    Very good, but …..
    A fascinating wide ranging display of info and artefacts relating to Avro and successor companies at Woodford airfield. Severely let down by chaotic and disorganised system of booking to access some of the exhibits - flight decks etc. Programme was running late and that was ok but on our return at the revised booked time we found another delay then another. Get your act together guys and gals!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Richard M
    Bolton, United Kingdom44 contributions
    An amazing hidden gem
    This is a little difficult to find as it is buried in a new housing estate which is signposted from the back of the Aviator Pub. Although it is run by volunteers it certainly isn't an amateur set up with lots of exhibits. There are four cockpits which you can visit with a 20 minute talk. It's an extra 2 quid for each cockpit which I thought was good value for money. They are hoping to expand when they raise the huge sums needed and it's good to know that the fees you pay are put back in museum. Many of the volunteers had a connection with the aerodrome and have a wealth of knowledge which they are more than happy to share. Will certainly be going back
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Si Taylor
    Marsden, United Kingdom5 contributions
    A very worthwhile visit!
    This excellent heritage centre on the site of the old Woodford aerodrome is a worthy and moving tribute to an iconic British manufacturer, its staff and the aircrews who flew and often fought in their innovative aircraft. For a smallish facility, there's absolutely loads to see and learn about with the added bonus of cockpit tours if desired. The staff and tour guides are passionate about their museum and that shines through when talking to them. Loved the whole experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
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Angie K
United Kingdom5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
An absolutely amazing gem of a museum right on the doorstep in the North West. It isn't a huge place but that makes for plenty of time to digest all the exhibits, information, play on interactive devices and simulators, listen to expert briefings, learn about the history, enjoy a cuppa in the cafe, explore outdoors and talk to the volunteers who make this place such a worthwhile place to visit. Thank you all for such a wonderful day.
It is great for people with disabilities and there are wheelchairs available for those who need assistance. Parking is great!
Written 9 November 2023
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Oct 2023 • Family
Very interesting! Lots of planes with very polite and knowledgeable staff. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit with different ages in group.
Written 15 October 2023
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Julian B
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
Tour of the museum, "locate and attack a Soviet sub", 1 hour 603 cockpit tour, and 1 hour lecture. Still much left to do if time had allowed.

What an amazing visit! Entertaining, informative, and totally engrossing. The onsite team from reception to lecturer were all superb and so incredibly friendly. Possibly one of the best museum visits I've ever had (60+ yrs).
Written 15 October 2023
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Easib
12 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
This guy was talking to much about himself. I thank him for his air force service but do talk about aircrafts on display rather than yourself
Written 15 October 2023
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Claire B
9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Small but brilliant. Lovely to learn about the history of Woodford and get to look in the cockpits of some world renound planes! Shoutout to Trevor who put up with my excitement after finding out he was an ex pilot of a Vulcan!! Staff were wonderful and very knowledgeable, a lot having been ex pilots or RAF who know the planes inside and out.
Written 14 October 2023
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Ewan W
London, UK7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Great museum. Well worth a visit.
Staff are super friendly and very helpful. Would highly recommend.
Written 7 October 2023
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Paul O
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
A great museum with excellent exhibits. Staff are very knowledgeable and highly recommend the cockpit tours. Will definitely visit again.
Written 1 October 2023
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Roger S
Exmouth, UK4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
This is well worth a visit if you have any interest in aviation. I am a Guardian of Vulcan XH558, so have a special interest. The Vulcan used to fly over my partner's school as she lived not far from Woodford, so she was especially keen to see the Vulcan and spend time in the cockpit. We were lucky enough to talk to a former Vulcan pilot. Altogether a brilliant day.
Written 25 September 2023
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Hilary F
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
Very knowledgable and helpful staff. We will definitely go back again for the cockpit visits with a specialist engineer.
Excellent day out
Written 10 September 2023
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John D
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Lovely little tribute to A V Roe from it's humble beginnings to the Manchester, Lancaster and Lincoln bomber programs to the mighty Vulcan. The museum also has a Nimrod and VC 10 cockpit open to the public as well as a Lancaster VR experience. The exhibits also cover the Hawker Siddeley and British Aerospace take over of the site until it's closure. The staff, most of which I understand are volunteers, were friendly and very knowledgeable on the various aircraft types on display and the company itself. The museum cafe is with a visit if only for the fact you can enjoy a drink whilst looking at the Vulcan parked outside. Not a large site by any means but more than enough to enjoy if you're an aviation enthusiast. Only downside is access to the museum was through a new housing development, at the time we visited the signage wasn't always clear and took a few wrong turns as a result.
Written 7 August 2023
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