Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum

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Home of The Allied Air Forces Memorial and the Yorkshire Air Museum located on an orginal WWll Bomber Command Base adjacent to a 10,000' runway, now the largest example of its type open to the public.

Original buildings, including the Control Tower, now house some 15 fascinating exhibitions, including "Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins" about the use of balloons and airahips during WW1; "Against the Odds" the story of Strategic Bombing (joint exhibition with IWM) and "Pioneers of Aviation", charting the work of Yorkshire aviation pioneers such as Sir George Cayley, the inventor of the aeroplane, Robert Blackburn and aviators such as Amy Johnson.

Over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles on a 22 acre site, the internationally renowned museum/memorial covers the history of aviation from the birth of manned flight through WWI and WWII into the supersonic age.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily. 10:00am to 17:00pm Summer
10:00am to 16:00pm Winter

Admission charges

£10 Adults, £8 Concessions (Senior Citizens, Students and Serving Forces personnel) and £5 Children. Family £26 (2A + 3C).
Reduced rates for pre booked groups of 10 or more.

Additional info

250 seat Restaurant; Shop; Disabled access (except top floor of Control Tower); free visitor car parking.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

  • 1 July — 18 November 2016 *on now

The Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum will commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme from 1st July 2016. We will be present at the Official Commemorative event in Thiepval in France on 1st July 2016 with the WWI AVRO 504 from our collection. Following the return of the aircraft and exhibition, the aircraft and others from the collection will form the centrepiece of a temporary exhibition at the Museum focusing on the involvement of the British air services during the Battle and its legacy in terms of the creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. It will also include display material kindly provided by the National Army Museum. Our exhibition and related events will last for 141 days as a symbolic commemoration of the duration of the Somme offensive. Official opening Wednesday 13th July.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Yorkshire Air Museum standard admission fees (£10/ adult, £8/ concession, £5/ child 5 to 15yo)


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins - Terror From the Sky" Exhibition Opens

  • 15 March 2016 — 30 March 2017 *on now

On March 15th 2016, Dr. Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and Humber will officially open the new Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins exhibition at the Yorkshire Air Museum. The exhibition tracks the development of lighter-than-air aviation from the Montgolfier balloons of 1783 to the super airships of the 1930's. It focuses on their use during WWI when Zeppelins were used to bomb civiilian populations in Britain and Europe from the air for the first time in history. It shows the shock effects of this new type of warfare. It also traces the post-war development of "Super Zeppelins", the largest of these built in Britain, culminating in the spectacular disasters that ended the era of passenger airships.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£10 Adults, £8 Concessions, £5 Child, £26 Family

Wreath being Laid in the Memorial Garden by French Air Attaché

Remembrance Sunday Services

  • 13 November 2016 11am-4pm

The Annual Remembrance Sunday Services organised by the Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum will be held at the French Memorial, Elvington Village (York)and at 11:00am and at the Museum's Chapel at 13:30pm. The Services will this year focus on the Battle of the Somme, in addition to marking the contribution of the French aircrews that flew from RAF Elvington with Bomber Command during WWII.
The event will be attended by representatives of the Royal Air Force and other Allied nations, and Wreaths will be Laid at both ceremonies.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10 Adults; £8 Concessions; £5 Children and £26;00 Family


Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum
North Yorkshire
YO41 4AU






01904 608595

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