Below are details of our aviation heritage sites in the Northern region of England. The air defence of this region, along with Scotland, was assigned to the RAF Fighter Command 13 Group from 1939 which was tasked with defending major industrial centres and ports that were crucial for the war effort and targeted by the Luftwaffe. Exhibitions in the region cover a wide range of topics from the first ever UK air show (which took place in Doncaster in 1909) to the 1982 Falklands War. Please note full details for each site are listed below the map, in alphabetical order. Below you will find a map and site directory of aviation heritage sites in the Northern region. Full details for each site are listed below the map, in alphabetical order, including address, website and contact information. Some sites open seasonally or irregular hours so please do check their websites for the latest visiting information.

This has an aviation archaeology display and a section devoted to 610 Squadron.

Address: Fort perch rock, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral, Merreyside, CH45 2JU

Phone: 0797-628-2120


Housed on the former RAF Usworth, NELSAM is the largest under cover collection of aircraft in the North East of England. The museum covers the aviation history of a region that stretches from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire. Established in 1974, the collection covers aviation from the early days to the current role of the Royal Air Force in the region. It spans from the first World War Morane Saulnier Tyne N flown by Sunderland Born pilot Claude Ridley to the massive Avro Vulcan Bomber. The aviation collection is supported by a maritime and vehicle collection. The museum is an all weather facility with step free access to the five display buildings. There is also an outdoor play area with picnic tables. Open Tuesday to Sunday all year round (but please check the NELSAM website for latest information). Read more

Address: Washington Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR5 3HZ

Phone: 0191 519 0662


The Solway Aviation Museum, based at Carlisle Airport, is home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artefacts and displays reflecting Britain’s position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the dawn of the jet age. The museums’ primary objective is the preservation of our Aviation heritage, it’s display and interpretation. Take a nostalgic journey back to Wartime Cumberland and the men and women of the RAF who served in World War II. The museum is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who give up their free time to painstakingly restore many of the exhibits. Through their love and knowledge they are preserving aviation history for generations to come.Read more

Address: Aviation House, Carlisle Lakedistrict Airport, Crosby on Eden, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 4NW

Phone: 01228 573823


The Museum holds a large collection of aircraft and artefacts relating to all aspects of aviation. Approximately 80 aircraft (50% are full aircraft) and fully fitted out cockpits, 100 plus aero-engines and many aircraft engineering displays (helicopter gearbox/rotorheads, aircraft undercarriage, weapons and equipment). It houses the most comprehensive permanent Falklands War exhibition with several aircraft from that war. There are also displays showing Doncaster's place throughout aviation history with the first ever UK airshow taking place next door at the Racecourse in 1909.Read more

Address: Dakota Way, Lakeside, Doncaster, DN4 7NW

Phone: 01302 761616


The Speke Aerodrome Heritage Group (formerly The Jetstream Club) is a registered charity (No. 1106923) which consists solely of volunteers who maintain and preserve aircraft at the historic old Speke Aerodrome in Liverpool (now a beautiful Crowne Plaza Hotel). The cockpit of our Jetstream 41 aircraft has been converted into a fairly comprehensive flight simulator and this is available to schools, colleges, air cadets, boy scouts and to the general public at little or no charge.Read more

Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Speke Aerodrome, Speke Road (A561), Liverpool, L24 8QD.

Phone: 0151 428 9243


The Spitfire Visitor Centre is located in Hangar 42 at Blackpool Airport in Lancashire. Constructed in May 1939 for the RAF as the threat of war loomed. The Hangar was home to various RAF and Polish Squadrons, including 256 and 303 Squadrons, mainly conducting night fighter operations for Preston and Merseyside Docklands. The Hangar has been relatively untouched since 1945 and retains many original features. The ancillary office and workshop rooms at the side of the building have been cleared and restored with period features and furniture. The Visitor Centre has been developed to ensure that the sights, sounds and equipment of the era are brought back to life to give our visitors a valuable insight to the realities of fighting on the ground, as well as in the air during the dark years of WW2. The Spitfire Visitor Centre is also home to the Saving Amy Airspeed Oxford restoration project and to the Raven Cockpits Spitfire flight Simulator Team.Read more

Address: Blackpool Airport, Hangar 42 (South), Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY42QY

Phone: 01253 341 902