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Welcome to the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, a volunteer led micro-museum which opened its doors in 2000.

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is located in the world’s oldest Air Traffic Control Tower at:-

Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ.

Opening Times

  • First Sunday of the month throughout the year (with the exception of New Years Day). 
  • The next Open Day will be on Sunday 7th November. Prior booking through Eventbrite is strongly advised in order to guarantee entry, although we will do our best to accommodate people on the day. The Eventbrite link below will go live about 2 weeks beforehand. Good News! We will be re-introducing the dressing-up outfits in November.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/historic-croydon-airport-trust-8213300449

Please note the following:-

  • Please arrive promptly at the start time quoted on your ticket- no more than 10 mins in advance. Tours are run to strict timetable
  • Each booking needs a valid phone number for Track and Trace purposes- this will only be kept for 21 days.
  • Face masks should be worn when inside the building due to the closed environment and proximity to others. For the external tour, face masks are worn at your discretion.
  • On the day, please make a donation of £6 or more per adult toward the upkeep of the museum. Children under 16 are free.
  • Please follow the guidance from our volunteers to help keep everyone safe. Give way to others. Use hand the sanitisers.
  • Maximum of 8-10 people per tour.
  • If you are feeling unwell or displaying Corona virus symptoms please do not attend.
  • A small merchandise stall will be available and all proceeds go to the charity. Please buy generously!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING!

Please note that wheelchair access is available to the ground floor Booking Hall exhibits and by lift to the lower floor of the Visitor Centre. There is no wheelchair access to the top floor of the Visitor Centre.

Additional special Open Days are held at various times throughout the year. See website for details.

Information

The Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is a volunteer led micro museum. Designed by haleysharpe.com and opened in 2000, it was the winner of a British Tourism Award. Exhibition space includes displays located in the world’s oldest Air Traffic Control Tower in Airport House. Features include interactive display, exhibits and visual images charting the history of Croydon Airport from World War I airfield, London’s international airport, Battle of Britain airfield and closure in 1959.

How to find us

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is located in Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ.

Bus routes refer to Airport House under its former name of Croydon Airport.

By Train

Waddon is the nearest station and a 15 minute walk. 289 bus routes from the station to Croydon Airport.

Purley is 10 minutes by 289 bus

East Croydon is 20 minutes from central London and then 15mins by the 119 bus.

By Bus

Bus routes that serve Croydon Airport are the 289 and 119. Buses stop outside Airport House/ Croydon Airport or across the road at The Colonnades.

By Car

Parking is free during Open Days

Private Tours for Small Groups

By prior arrangement, we are  able to offer a limited number of private guided tours for small groups on a weekday evening or during a weekend, in return for a donation to the airport charity. You will have your own guide and exclusive access to the Control Tower museum rooms. Please e-mail us at info@historiccroydonairport.org.uk for further information.
 

Outreach

As resources allow, we can visit your school/youth group or adult group during the day/evening to give an illustrated talk on the history of Historic Croydon Airport