Gatwick Aviation

‘Fun For The Whole Family’

Museum is now Open To Visitors

The museum is delighted to announce that it has now re-opened for visitors.  Please be aware that from the 8th August 2020 following government Covid-19 guidelines face masks are compulsory when visiting and certain exhibits will have limited access and a one way system will be in place for both the safety of our volunteers and visitors alike.  We also request that all visitors pay by card/contactless whenever possible. PLEASE NOTE Booking of tickets is not neccesary.

Important Information

Sat 3rd October will be a GAM event day and as such entry prices to the museum will be at the Engine Run Event Day price and not available at the normal entry price. A total number of tickets available for this day will be 180 and access to internal exhibits will be stricktly limited to 30 people at a time due to Covid 19 therefore suitable precautions for inclement weather and pre-booking is advised.

Opening Hours

Please note summer opening hours are now in operation.

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

Winter opening times (November – March inc)
Fri,Sat,Sun 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.

Latest News

Engine Run Day Sat October 3rd – Tickets are now Available for this date. Click HERE for More information and booking.

Our new building is currently progressing nicely and is virtually finished giving us new workshop facilities and allowing us to provide conference and meeting rooms for private bookings or parties. Due to Covid-19 opening of conference and meeting  facilities have been delayed but if these facilities would be of interest to you then please do let us know via our contact us page.

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.

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.