Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide

The Yorkshire Air Museum is located a short drive from the centre of York in North Yorkshire. We have visited twice over the winter now as there are lots to see indoors. Once you have purchased your tickets you can also return for free as much as you like over the next 12 months. We also visited on two of their event days which meant there was even more to see and do.

Yorkshire Air Museum Things To Do Review

They are a museum dedicated to aviation history. The museum is located on the site of the former RAF Elvington airfield which was once a WWII RAF Bomber Command station. It was first opened as a museum in the 1980s and it is one of the largest air museums in the UK.

The museum is around 20 acres in size and is set in a number of buildings that once made up the operational site. They have around 49 aircraft that span many years of aviation history. Most of these can be seen in their large hangers and also outdoors. As well as aircraft they also have around 20 historic vehicles including fire engines and more.

Make sure you pick up a trail sheet for the younger visitors. It includes a guide to the museum grounds and helps you to discover more during your visit.

Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide
Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide
Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide

We always enjoy walking around their hangars and you can even go inside one of their planes. They also have cockpits that you can sit in. This is always the highlight of our visits for my son and it is hard to tear him away. He loves that you can sit there and press as many buttons as you please. There are two cockpits you can squeeze into plus a cabin and also one of their fully intact planes.

Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide
Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide
Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide

There are 20 on-site buildings that make up the museum. These have different exhibitions inside such as a French Officers’ mess with mannequins, a control tower, a pioneer of Aviation exhibition, an air gunners’ exhibition and more. Some of the exhibits are interactive. They have around 250,000 pieces of memorabilia including artefacts, uniforms, documents and photographs.

We usually look around the exhibition rooms in the morning and then go for lunch in their cafe before looking around the hangars and their aircraft. Aircraft on display include a Douglas Dakota, a replica of a Spitfire, a Jet Provost and many more. They are best known for their Halifax bomber.

Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide
Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide

It can be cold in their buildings in the winter months so dress for a day outdoors. They are, of course, also open at other times of the year.

Yorkshire Air Museum Visitor Guide

Yorkshire Air Museum FAQ & Further Information

Address: Halifax Way, Elvington, York YO41 4AU, North Yorkshire. Phone: 01904 608595

Category – Museum – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

Adults £12, children 4-17 £5, under 4s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Museum set on a former airfield/WWII station with a number of exhibitions across 20 buildings, they also have a number of places and vehicles. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

The Yorkshire Air Museum is open for most of the year. They are closed on Christmas eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Please visit their website for up-to-date opening times.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome everywhere apart from the cafe.

Are they accessible?

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