"Solway Aviation Museum." Brampton Things to Do Tip by nickandchris

Brampton Things to Do: 6 reviews and 25 photos

  The main display at the museum.
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  • The main display at the museum. - Brampton
      The main display at the museum.
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  • Exhibits in the museum. - Brampton
      Exhibits in the museum.
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  • Into the Vulcan bomber. - Brampton
      Into the Vulcan bomber.
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  • The Vulcan. - Brampton
      The Vulcan.
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  • Other exhibits. - Brampton
      Other exhibits.
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I would say this museum is closer to Brampton than Carlisle, therefore have listed it under Brampton.

Seeking out things to do during our couple of days in these parts, we thought we'd take a look at the Aviation Museum. We were very fortunate, it was Friday and unknown to us, the museum is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and only until the end of October. This was the last weekend of openeing.

Outside are a collection of aircraft, some of which you are allowed into, the main one being the Vulcan bomber. Getting into this plane is not for those who are unsteady on their feet or suffer from claustrophobia. Two are allowed into the pilot and co=pilot's seats and two others into the section below where the rest of the crew operated from. The steps are steep and narrow and the space inside is very small! An enthusiast gives a talk on the Vulcan, tp be honest, he was not overly interesting and missed out info that would have been of greater interest.

Inside the museum is home to alsorts of aviation equipment and parts of aeroplanes (this was of more interest to the males in our party!) and the whole place was much larger than we had ever imagined.

There is a room dedicated to the use of the airport through it's history and another room depicts the story of the ill fated British space rocket programme which was based at nearby Spadeadam.

All in all, we had a great time here and even sat out at the picnic tables for our lunch.

There is a cafe and a small gift shop.

Admission was Adult 4.50
Senior Citizen 3.00
Children (Aged 6 - 16 years) 2.50
Family (Max. 2 Children) 11.00

Address: Aviation House, Carlisle Airport, Crosby on Eden,C
Directions: From M6, follow signs for Carlisle Airport which is on theA689, six miles east of Carlisle.
Phone: 01228 573823
Website: http://www.solway-aviation-museum.co.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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