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Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre

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Address: Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5FF, England
Phone Number:
+44 1273 467373
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun 09:00 - 07:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Brighton City Airport is the UK's oldest fully operational licensed...

Brighton City Airport is the UK's oldest fully operational licensed aerodrome and remains at the forefront of general aviation in this country. Built in 1934, the Art-Deco Terminal Building is Grade II* listed and is still in everyday use by business, training and pleasure flyers alike including many visitors from Europe. Many of the fixtures are original including the Whispering Gallery on the first floor and the main window design above the main entrance. In addition to aviation, the airport has also appeared in a number of high profile films, such as the Da Vinci Code, Poirot and more recently as Vienna Airport in the Woman in Gold, starring Dame Helen Mirren. During the summer of 2015, the airport played host to the inaugural Wild Life music festival, with headline acts such as Mark Ronson and Rudimental. The event also won the Best New Festival award in 2015 and brought significant benefits to the local economy. The Terminal Building also houses the Hummingbird Restaurant which includes an outdoor seating area where the whole airfield can be viewed. The Terminal Building underwent an external renovation to take it back to its former glory, which was completed in 2015.

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Beautiful Art Deco airport

Kept expecting to see Hercule Poirot. Easy to imagine yourself here 80 years ago. Shame there isn't regular flights, you have to charter a plane. lovely for children as the planes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If weather is good then The Hummingbird Restaurant is ideal with both outside and inside tables, wholesome food with more than decent portions and delightful staff. Always something to look at, helicopters and light plane movements galore. Not expensive either, despite recently applied pay to park. Five minutes drive through the airport and you can be right by the sea... More 

Thank Michael T
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kept expecting to see Hercule Poirot. Easy to imagine yourself here 80 years ago. Shame there isn't regular flights, you have to charter a plane. lovely for children as the planes are so near. Haven't been able to try the restaurant as it's always been full. Evocative!

Thank VT01273
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this a lot. Great staff and great food. Never fails to please. Its child friendly and great atmosphere. Its like going back to the old days.

Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here after visiting the flight simulator for a drink and food. Brilliant place with nice architecture and welcomes dogs in the middle room. Great place to view the planes whilst having a beer and cakes. Would highly recommend for something different to do on your Saturday afternoon.

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

The Museum at Shoreham Airport moved five or so years ago from the old hanger building to be part of the nearby Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre. As you enter the visitor centre, turn left through the door into this small but interesting museum. It’s not large, but makes up for it’s small size with enthusiasm and charm. Run by volunteers,... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

We decided to try something different and go to Shoreham Airport for tea and cake. We weren't disappointed. The beautiful Art Deco building is intact from outside and within. The music was authentic too. Just a warning that the chocolate cake was very large and filling, but satisfied my teenage son! It was lovely watching the small planes commence their... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

I love Shoreham Airport (now Brighton Airport) The buildings, interior is exactly how an original old time airport should be preserved to show how things used to be.

Thank Andy C
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Very good value with great surroundings with simple tasty food. Imagine yourself at the forefront of aviation passenger travel in the oldest working airport in the U.K.

Thank brightonfoodboynow
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

A nice place to stop and watch the aircraft activities on the apron. The building is interesting and you can see why it has been used for many films and TV.

Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

I've visited Shoreham Airport for many years, including renewing my PPL. In recent years it's tended to be more of a visit when passing, for some refreshment or lunch. Parking used to be free, but in 2017 the charge for 1 hr has increased by 50% Funny how inflation is around 2% everywhere except car parks..... I object to this... More 

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