Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

Airport House, Croydon entrance to Booking Hall

Built in 1928, it's official title was Air Port of London, Croydon. This was the UK's international airport through the 1920's and 30's. It was the home base to Britain's national airline, Imperial Airways. Many world record breaking flights began and ended here from famous pilots such as Amy Johnson and Charles Kingsford- Smith.
It was first established as an RFC Station during WWI and was also a frontline RAF Station during the Battle of Britain in WWII.
The Croydon Airport Visitor Centre comprises two galleries in the airport’s old control tower, with displays and rare artifacts telling the history of the world’s first international airport.

Venue Type:

Transport heritage site, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

First Sunday of every month 11:00 - 16:00 and Open House London weekend. Other open days announced via website

Admission charges

FREE, donations welcome.

Getting there

Located on the A23 Purley Way. Take the 119 or 289 bus. Nearest Train stations:- East Croydon, Waddon and Purley.

Additional info

Toilets. Restaurant on site. Free parking.

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The Night the Zeppelin Came - Croydon on the front line

  • 24 April 2018 6-7pm

After ten months of air raids, on the night of 13 October 1915, Germany finally appeared to have achieved her goal — a Zeppelin squadron attack on London— as four airships bore down on the capital. The raid did not turn out as planned, and that night, for the first time, German bombs fell on Croydon. Ian Castle tells the story of that night, of the raid on Croydon and the fate that befell the crew of L 14 — the ‘Croydon Zeppelin’.

Ian Castle is a leading historian of the German First World War air raids on Britain. His book on the London raids, ‘The First Blitz - Bombing London in the First World War’, was well received and ‘Zeppelin Onslaught’, his first book in a three-volume history of the air raids was published in March 2018. Ian has advised on and appeared in a number of television documentaries, including those shown on BBC, Channel 4 and the History Channel, and he runs a website —

Suitable for

  • Any age


Museum of Croydon
Katherine Street

Getting there

Located on the A23 Purley Way. Take the 119 or 289 bus. Nearest Train stations:- East Croydon, Waddon and Purley.

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre
Airport House,
Purley Way


Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is a volunteer led community museum operated by the Croydon Airport Society


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