Gatwick Aviation

‘Fun For The Whole Family’

Opening Hours

We are open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the year.

Summer opening times (April – October inc)
09:30 to 17:00; last entry 16:00.

Winter opening times (November – March inc)
09:30 to 16:00; last entry 15:00.

Entry Costs*

Adults £7.50
Children  (5-14) £2.50
Under 5 Free

Unlimited entry annual memberships are available, click HERE to download an application form.

Visits for groups etc outside of these times may be arranged, please contact the museum for details. We do not ask for a donation from youth and education groups, although any donation offered is gratefully received.

Uncover the aircraft from Post war to Cold war

This Aviation Museum has a unique collection of British aircraft from the “golden age” of British aircraft manufacture. From the end of WWII until the 1970’s British aircraft designers produced some of the most innovative and advanced aircraft of the day. From post war to cold war, this museum clearly shows that timeline in aviation terms.

In this collection there are examples from the major manufacturers of this period.

Among the list are classic names such as Avro, Hawker, Gloster, De Havilland, English Electric, Blackburn and Percival.

Latest News

Gatwick Family Fun Day – Back For 2019

We are pleased to announce that following on from the success of the Gatwick Fun Day last year, we will be hosting the event again this year on Saturday 14th September.

Entry again this year will be FREE with only a minimal charge for car parking.

Please see our events page for more information. 


Event :- Air Abulance Presents – Back To The Future
This event was postponed by the Air Abulance due to Weather Conditions.
The event will be re-arranged for a later date.
However, should you wish to request a refund, please do contact KSS Air Ambulance offices on 01634 471900. (Monday -Thursday 09:00-17:00 Friday 09:00 – 16:30)

Announcing Our New Museum Manager

We are pleased to announce that Simon Hedges has been appointed the new Museum Manager and wish him every success in his new role.
Ashley Colella who has been our manager for the last 4 years has decided to move to pastures new in the aircraft simulation field and to return to his position as a volunteer engineer.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ashley for his dedication during his time as manager and wish him well for the future.

What can I see when I visit ?



  • Get close and personal to historically important aircraft of the cold war era.
  • Learn the key role Gatwick played in the Second World War and how it helped aviation around the world.
  • Come and discover the fascinating history of Gatwick Airport and the airlines that defined a generation of travel.
  • Discover how the power of flight has changed via our extensive range of engines from piston through to modern turbo fan.

Nature Trail

Take a walk around our nature trail. Watch the soaring birds of prey show the aircraft how the experts do it. Be patient and you might even see one of the local deer grazing in the field or get to greet one of our neighbours alpacas.

Picnic Area

Relax and enjoy refreshments in either our indoor or outdoor seating area.


Good or Above (Tripadvisor)

Out Of 5 (Facebook)

Visitors Last Year

Visitor Reviews


“Great museum!! So informative. Lots to see and do for the kids(and the older adults) The ex Shackleton pilot Mike was a fantastic addition to our trip. Totally unexpected. It a  wealth of knowledge and fabulous stories of times gone by.
Highly recommended for all ages”

Katie Williams – facebook

“First trip visit today (& not the last , no-way!!) Really welcoming & friendly staff, all enthusiasts, nothing too much – we were really taken with the them all – a very good & interesting variety & to be shown around the Shacketon by an ex-pilot was – absolutely amazing!!! Can’t say enough about all the staff – they are all fantastic. Having been flown to Cyprus in a Shackleton back in ’55 it was an wonderful opportunity to fill in the gaps by talking with the Pilot – thank you again!! See you again !!”
joeh216 – Tripadvisor

“Absolutely brilliant. Both of my children loved it, especially dressing up as pilots and getting into the cockpit! We really enjoyed the quiz too! Massive thank you to everyone there who made it even more enjoyable! So friendly and full of information. Brilliant with the kids. Definitely exceeded our expectations and we will be back again and again. Would give more stars if I could. A massive thank you to everyone at the museum for doing such a brilliant job with the entire place and all the aircraft within it. Hats off to you all for such a brilliant job!”

Steph Holden – Facebook

Where are we ?


Travel Information

If you are travelling by road then follow the A23 towards Gatwick until you see signs for Charlwood Village. For satellite navigation our postcode is RH6 0BT.

If travelling by bus then a local timetable can be viewed HERE.

Taxis are available from all local train stations including Gatwick airport and most local companies know exactly where we are.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Dogs Allowed at the museum?

Dogs are welcome at the museum but must be kept under control at all times and on a lead within the museum building.  Please ensure you clean up after your dog.

What about scouts or educational visits?

Visits for groups etc outside of standard opening times may be arranged, please contact the museum for details. We do not ask for a donation from youth and education groups, although any donation offered is gratefully received.

Can i bring a group or make a party booking?

Visits for groups etc outside of our standard opening times may be arranged, please contact the museum for details. We do not ask for a donation from youth and education groups, although any donation offered is gratefully received.

is there a cafeteria on site?

At present our catering facilities are limited but a selection of hot drinks, snackbars and ice-creams are available from our shop.

* All entry fees are treated as a donation.