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The Visitor Centre

Excellent displays and helpful guides to explain the history of the first London airport and the many historic flights which commenced from here. Also details about the use of the airfield during the 2nd WW.

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Welcome to the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre micro-museum. The Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is 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)
  • 11.00- 16.00 with last entry at 15.00

 

Free admission

 

  • Donations for running costs are gratefully received

 

Guided tours are available on the day free of charge.

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

We have limited availability to arrange Group visits outside these times. To avoid disappointment, please aim to co-ordinate your Group visit with one of the public Open Days.

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.

Facilities

  • Refreshments are available at the restaurant (operated independently from the museum)
  • Accessible toilets
  • There is wheelchair access to the ground floor Booking Hall and also by lift to the museum on the 1st floor of the Visitor Centre. Unfortunately, there is currently no wheelchair access to the 2ndfloor Control Tower of the Visitor Centre.

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 10 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

Schools

A free downloadable Teachers' Pack is available as a teaching and learning resource. The Teachers' Pack focuses on Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum and is useful reference for other Key Stage groups.

School Visits

As resources allow, school visits can be accommodated for limited numbers.

It should be noted that the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is located in Airport House Business Centre. As a very active business hub we do have to consider our neighbours and monitor noise levels.

Outreach 

As resources allow, we can visit your school to give talks on the history of Croydon Airport.

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