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A marvellous visit to the UK's first commercial airport.

Open on the first Sunday of each month is the original control tower at Croydon airport. With the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Barry C
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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This place is only open the first Sunday of the month - put it in your diary like we did! So... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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Croydon Airport Visitor Centre micro-museum- located in Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon CR0 0XZ. Open on the 1st Sunday of the month throughout the year. Special Open Days at other times- see website for details. Haley Sharpe designed and winner...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Purley Way | Airport House, Croydon CR0 0XZ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Open on the first Sunday of each month is the original control tower at Croydon airport. With the help of a volunteer workforce a guide will take you around the inside and out of the control tower which includes a museum. Upto 2 hours on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Barry C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is only open the first Sunday of the month - put it in your diary like we did! So interesting, fantastic volunteer guides, setting off in small group tours all the time so you really don't have to wait. The building and memorabilia...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Croydon Airport was THE LONDON AIRPORT but is now largely forgotten. The guided tour takes in the history and beautiful architecture as well as offering some hands on exhibits for the youngsters. The guides are knowledgable and super friendly, and it’s a really laid back...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic place to visit. We attended yesterday by prior arrangement and brought 38 8- 10 year old Cubs Scouts. The volunteers are really knowledgeable and the trip was very well organised. They pitched the tour at the correct level to keep them...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The tour is quite interesting. They explain everything how the airport worked when it first opened etc.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 February 2019

Great free visit with a guided tour of the airport building and control tower. This lovely visit is taking place every first Sunday of the month. All guides were volunteers and certainly worth a donation of £5 although this was not obligatory. Parking is free...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 February 2019

excellent free visit with a guided tour of the airport building and control tower to see the now long vanished days of early passenger aviation. Our guide Paul was full of anecdotes and gave interesting facts on the airport and types of planes in use...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

Great museum revealing history of the former airport staffed by really enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. As well as a history of flight and flying, there is a good mix of information about famous visitors as well as local history plus some interactive exhibits for kids....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank patriciacO9350FC
Reviewed 4 February 2019

Croydon Airport offers a great 1/2 day out at this unique visitor centre. Home to London's first airport and control tower there are free guided tours and plenty of history to explore. With free admission and parking what more could you ask? Our guide, Phil...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DavidWSR1
Reviewed 16 January 2019

This is a must see. So much history. You are stepping back in time. Free entry. Donations welcome. Flying in its heyday.

Date of experience: July 2018
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magwats
12 June 2018|
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Response from CroydonAirport | Property representative |
Hello. Thank you for your enquiry. The museum is located on the top two floors of the Control,Tower and also has a large display area on the ground floor of the main building. The ground floor has full disabled... More
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Nearest station is Waddon Station.
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