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Gatwick Aviation Museum

Vallance By-Ways | Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, Horley RH6 0BT, England
+44 1293 862915
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Amazing place with knowledgable staff.

What a place most aircraft are indoor. Aircraft from just after WW2 up to the 1970s. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wilkybob
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
Brilliant

I went to this museum today and it was brilliant and amazing. We were treated to a tour of the... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
kitchen57
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Vallance By-Ways | Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, Horley RH6 0BT, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place most aircraft are indoor. Aircraft from just after WW2 up to the 1970s. Lots of smaller items from defunct airlines too. Around a dozen complete aircraft to see, and see them all close up. Alongside the aircraft are many examples of jet...More

1  Thank Wilkybob
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I went to this museum today and it was brilliant and amazing. We were treated to a tour of the Shackleton by Sdr Ldr Mike Rankin who was brilliant. He gave us an insight on how it was to fly missions in the 60s in...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

This is a gem of a place with a great informative tour - a must see : it will be even better if they prune the trees at the runway threshold and let aircraft back in !!!More

1  Thank JJ747-400
WR982, Public Relations Manager at Gatwick Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Yes, it's a little-known fact we have our own small grass airfield - right next to the Gatwick runway! We do have regular helicopter visitors to our airfield, which are most welcome - contact us for details. Unfortunately,...More

Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

What an interesting place. Full of information on airlines that used to use Gatwick. Loads of engineering exhibits and even some aircraft being restored. Able to get up close. The Lightning, Meteor and Harrier cannot fail to impress Then outside the Shackleton is impressive and...More

Thank Richard A
WR982, Public Relations Manager at Gatwick Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Our airline collection is growing on a regular basis! We get many visits from former staff from the Gatwick airlines (BCal, Dan-Air, Laker etc), and more amazing items turn up all the time and are added to our displays. Our policy is for visitors to...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017

Visited with my 3 children, who usually get bored in 5 minutes, however not here! They were enthralled with all the old aircraft/airline memorabilia, the hangar with the military aircraft - even the smell of the engines! Outside there was a Shackleton, and a retired...More

1  Thank 123-deeds
WR982, Public Relations Manager at Gatwick Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

I think you've pretty much said it all there! We are committed to STEM education, and have something for children of all ages; whether it's at our aeroplane colouring-in tables, sit-inside cockpits, the simulator or looking around our extensive range of exhibits. As well as...More

Reviewed 1 August 2017

We so enjoyed our visit, staff were very friendly, and took us on a fantastic trip around the Shackleton, and brought the whole thing to life, with his insight and experiences of time served on these planes. Only hope they can add to this little...More

2  Thank MarkyCr2
WR982, Public Relations Manager at Gatwick Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit. We are very proud of our Shackleton (and knowledgeable, experienced guides!). The Shackleton has been recently repainted by volunteers, and is looking better than ever. It is normally open for guided tours, but we can't always guarantee it...More

Reviewed 2 June 2017

I had a wonderful day, the history of Gatwick Airport is very interesting as are all the old aircraft. Spend an amazing hour on and around the Shackleton with former pilot Mike, who told some great stories of his time flying these. I could have...More

2  Thank Suzi R
WR982, Public Relations Manager at Gatwick Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Suzi, great to hear you had a good day out. Mike has many Shackleton stories - you can expect a different one with each visit! We will soon be investing in more facilities at the runway viewing area, at the bottom of our nature trail....More

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit and the volunteers were really friendly and helpful It is interesting to read and look at the pictures of the development of Gatwick from it's origins as a horse racing venue There are some interesting aircraft in various stages of restoration...More

4  Thank Orcaorca
WR982, Public Relations Manager at Gatwick Aviation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Thank you very much for your feedback. We sometimes have to restrict access to the Shackleton whilst we undertake maintenance on it. It has been there for a long time with 1,000s of visitors, so we do spruce it up from time to time -...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

My husband and son and grandson all went along for a visit and had a very enjoyable day both the adults want to go back again very soon, a added extra was a picnic watching the planes coming and going which pleased the little man...More

Thank jennifersmith255
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Looking for somewhere to visit we decided to go to the Gatwick air Museum. staffed by volunteers i must mention NEV the NAV who was our guide around the Shackleton.he's a bit of living history and such a nice guy.also what he doesn't know about...More

2  Thank steveroszoerowell
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Idan M
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Response from kitchen57 | Reviewed this property |
We went by car. Not sure if there is any public transport in the area. The museum might have some advice if you ring them.
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