Established and staffed by volunteers, The Solway Aviation Museum is a commemoration to the history of aviation achievements in the UK. Housed in a section of Carlisle Airport, the Museum displays several aircraft from the war and post-war period. Their collection includes an Avro Vulcan, Sikorsky S.55 Helicopter, an Armstrong Whitworth Meteor, and many more! Inside the museum, visitors can explore the history of Cumbrian aviation and investigate the lives of civilians working on the airfields during wartime. Additionally, visitors are able to book a tour of the cockpit of a Vulcan Bomber!

Things to do and see:

  • Book a tour of a Vulcan Bomber!
  • Blue Streak Exhibit displays the history of the Blue Streak rocket program and the role of nearby RAF Spadeadam.
  • Explore the Engine Halls to get a look inside different types of aircraft.
  • Witness the lives of civilians who would have worked on the airfields. This includes a live size working copy of the tower control desk, air raid shelters, and electronic guidance equipment.
  • Finish off your visit with a look around their gift shop!

For information about opening times and prices, click here.


The Solway Aviation Museum is wheelchair accessible.

There are also baby changing facilities.

There is no public transport to the museum so own travel methods are required.

For another museum local to Cumbria, visit Birdoswald Roman Fort.

Q Are dogs allowed?

As long as they are leashed, dogs are allowed entry.

Q How much car parking is available?

There is a large car park.

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