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Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Forces Memorial


Based on an authentic World War II Bomber Command Station at Elvington near the historic City of York, fantastic displays the original Control Tower, RAF Bomber Command and Air Gunners's Collection, and an excellent collection of aircraft including the famous and fully restored Halifax Bomber.


Aircraft Exhibits - (WWII and pre-WWII)

Squadron Display Room (Squadron No 609)

Several Annual and Corporate Events throughout the year

Handley Page Aircraft Workshop (used for restoration and maintenance purposes by the Museum's volunteers)

Original Control Tower, restored to its former wartime appearance

Canadian Memorial T2 Hangar, Airmen's Billet, Royal Observer Corps Post, French Officers Mess, Vehicle Workshop Display, Theatre & Conference Centre (The Elvington Room), Chapel and Memorial Garden.

Excellent Uniform Collection, Air Gunner Collection and Historic Military Vehicles

Exhibition on Pioneers of Aviation and much more



NAAFI Canteen 

Astra Cinema

Visitor Guidebook available with site plan and full history of this RAF Base.

Disabled Access - The Museum site is mainly flat. Level access to aircraft hangers, exhibition rooms, WC and catering facilities. The only area inaccessible is the 2nd storey of the Wartime Control Tower

Discounted entry available for care groups

Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times and are restricted from visiting the Astra Cinema, Shop and Canteen. Drinking water is available

Free Parking

Bus Services from York (Veolia Transdev (No 36) and East Yorkshire Motor Services (18a)

The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent Museum in the UK and is set in 20 acres of parkland and is the most original WWII RAF Bomber Command Station open to the public.

Our fantastic Aircraft exhibits cover the history of aviation from the birth of manned flight with the Cayley Glider, Wright Flyer, Blackburn Mercury Monoplane through the First World War with the Avro 504, BE.2c and the now 'live' SE5a, to WWII with the unique restored Halifax Mk. III "Friday the 13th", De Havilland Mosquito Nightfighter, and the now 'live' Douglas C47 / DC3 Dakota. Post war aircraft include the De Havilland Devon, now also live, plus historic names such as Meteor, Lightning, Hunter, Harrier, Buccaneer  and on to the supersonic age with the French Mirage Mk. III, the only one of its kind on display in Britain, honouring Elvington's wartime French Squadron's, plus the Tornado GR1 and GR4, still in service today. Another major attraction is the "Mighty Hunter" Nimrod MR2 XV250, which flew in to Elvington on April 13th 2010 after 40 years service with the RAF. This rarely seen aircraft is  kept in ground operational condition, along with the other big jets illustrated, the Handley Page Victor  V-Force bomber / tanker XL231 and Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer XN 974, which take part in our event programme.

Our 'Pioneers of Aviation' Exhibition, housed in its own building includes information on famous people including Sir George Cayley (Father of Aeronautics), Amy Johnson from Hull (first female to fly solo to Russia and Australia), Nevil Shute (author and engineer) and Sir Barnes Wallis (famous for his  Dambusters Bouncing Bomb, the Wellington Bomber and R100 Airship). 'Against the Odds' tells the story of RAF Bomber Command, along with many other exhibition Rooms including the Air Gunners Memorial Room and 77 Squadron and 609 Squadron Rooms.

The Museum is also home to the Allied Air Forces Memorial which commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of all allied men and women, situated on the largest and original wartime RAF Bomber Command Station.

Adults £8, children under 5 go free, 5-15 year olds £4, families (2 adults + 3 children) £22. Concessions (senior citizens, serving Forces personnel and students) £6. 

Group rates available (for parties of 8 people or more): adults £5, children (aged 5-15) £3. Schools £3 per child (with worksheet = £3.50). Free adult space per 10 children. Additional adults = £5.

Summer (10am - 5pm) Apr to Nov

Winter (10am - 4pm) Nov to Mar

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Cafe & Shop close 30 mins before Museum


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