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The Visitor Centre

As a Croydonian with little aviation knowledge I found the whole Croydon Airport Visitor Centre experience very interesting. The architecture and history of the airport from its conception to its demise was fascinating. 

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The Visitor Centre

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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 dissapointment, please aim to co-ordinate your Group visit with one of the public Open Days.


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.


  • Refreshments are available at the restaurant
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair access is available to the lower floor of the Visitor Centre. At present, wheelchair access is unavailable to the upper floor

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


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.


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

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