The Yorkshire Air Museum sits on the site of former RAF Elvington in North Yorkshire, a World War Two airfield used extensively by Allied bomber crews during the war. It is also the home of the The Allied Air Forces Memorial.
We are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. We recommend that you take three or four hours over your visit to appreciate the Museum exhibits, the aircraft and vehicle displays that make up this historically accurate RAF Bomber Base.
Our Accessibility Statement aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer to all our visitors.
Click here to download our Accessibility Statement
The map below can be downloaded as a PDF and printed in advance to help you plan your visit. Click here to download.
You can live the Yorkshire Air Museum experience all year round.
We are currently in winter mode and so the museum opening times are 10:00-16:00, last admission 15:00.
Before visiting the museum and especially during bad weather, we strongly advise you to check our website and social media channels, to make sure the site is open for visitors. There will be regular updates on these platforms.
- OPEN BANK HOLIDAYS AND EASTER HOLIDAY.
- Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
- Summer: 10:00am -17:00pm
- Winter: 10:00am – 16:00pm
- Please note: Last Admission 1 hour prior to closing.
- Please allow 3-4 hours or longer to get the most out of your visit.
Our ‘NAAFI’ style, licensed restaurant serving tempting hot and cold freshly prepared food, snacks and refreshments daily. The hot counter is available between 12 noon and 14:00. (Closes 30 minutes prior to the Museum closing time.)
A wide range of museum souvenirs, gifts, models, prints, books and much more are available from our newly refurbished shop. If you didn’t have time to stop by, you can still visit the online shop by clicking here.
The Museum is a registered charity in the UK. We receive no state or local government funding and depend upon the generosity of our visitors to continue our operations. (Note: Some events are charged at different rates- Elvington at War / Thunder Days/ Allied Air Forces Memorial Day.)
|Children Under 5||Free||Free|
|Children 5 – 15 years||£5.00||£7.00|
|Families (up to 2 adults and 3 children)||£26.00||£40.00|
|Concession – Senior Citizens, Serving Forces Personnel, Students||£8.00||£12.00|
Group Rates – parties 10 or more (pre booked)
|Children 5 – 15 years||£4.00||£6.00|
We Are Dog Friendly
Dogs are always welcome, we simply ask that they be kept on a lead. Drinking water is provided. Restricted areas are the canteen, Shop and Astra Cinema.
Are you a member of a group that enjoys visiting interesting places? You don’t need to be an aviation expert to enjoy a visit to the Yorkshire Air Museum, our visitors are often surprised at the diverse elements of history we represent. Our Group Visits page gives more details of the great ways to enjoy a Museum visit as part of a group of like minded people.
We’re located on the eastern outskirts of the city of York. The postcode for your sat nav is YO41 4AU.
Travelling from A1/M1 or A19 – head towards York, then as you approach the York Outer Bypass /A64, follow the National brown Air Museum signs around the bypass toward the A1079 (Hull) junction. Follow the signs to the Air Museum along the B1228 along Elvington Lane – 2 miles. EASY!
Please Gift Aid your visit if you are a UK Tax payer and we can claim a valuable 20% of your admission back from the Government. Fill out the Gift Aid form at the Stewards office while buying your admission ticket and you will receive a re-admission ticket valid for one year from the date of your visit.
Our interesting and informative Visitor Guidebook is available for just £1, providing an overview of the history of RAF Elvington Bomber Command Station and its development into the The Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum, a guide to the exhibitions, aircraft and vehicle displays, together with a general site plan. This will help you to get the most out of your visit.
The site is largely flat, with level access to the exhibition rooms, aircraft hangars and the catering and toilet facilities. The only part inaccessible is the second storey of the wartime Control Tower (an illustration can be seen in the visitor Guidebook). Discounted entry for Care Groups is available (see Group Booking Form).
“Thank you for arranging our visit today. We all loved the exhibits, the cinema film about the French servicemen was very poignant and even the weather was great. The NAAFI lunch was also excellent. Our thanks to everyone who made our visit so enjoyable.” M R Metcalfe – CIMA West Yorkshire Retired Members’ Chapter, 16.03.2016
“Thank you very much for all the help and attention we received last Tuesday, everyone was very impressed and really enjoyed the day. We have put a complimentary comment on Trip Advisor! I will no doubt be in touch again in the future, once again thank you very much.” C Humphrey – Blind Veterans Get Out And Live Group, 05.03.2016
“Please convey our thanks from the members of the 90th Entry Halton Apprentices who visited on Saturday 12th. Despite the rain we were all very impressed at the magnitude and quality of your displays and helpfulness of your volunteers – you all do a wonderful job.
Most impressive was the special Victor 90% power up ground test organised for the day. The NAAFI was warm and well provisioned – thanks again.” K Tippey – 90th Entry Society, RAF Halton Apprentices, 14.09.2015
Our “Reach for the Sky” education programme offers your pupils the chance to enjoy a fun-filled day of learning in a safe and secure environment outside of the classroom. We have a growing programme of school and educational visit activities, more details can be found on our Educational Visit resource page here.
Yorkshire Air Museum
Telephone: 01904 608595 | Fax: 01904 608246
Our office is open from 9:00 to 17:00 and from Monday to Friday.
Regular bus services are operated by York Pullman Bus, from York City Centre and the Railway Station. Details below
Services – Monday to Friday: From York to Yorkshire Air Museum
Direct Bus Service X36
09:45am Merchatgate Stand PC (direct) arrives YAM 10:03am
Scheduled Stops Bus Service 36
11:15am York Railway Station Stand RC (via Fulford / Wheldrake) arrives Yorkshire Air Museum 11:54am
11:20am Merchantgate Stand PC (via Fulford / Wheldrake) arrives Yorkshire Air Museum 11:54am
13:15pm York Railway Station Stand RC (via Fulford / Wheldrake) arrives Yorkshire Air Museum 13:54pm
13:20pm Merchatgate Stand PC (via Fulford / Wheldrake) arrives Yorkshire Air Museum 13:54pm
From Yorkshire Air Museum (return)
36 14:28pm to Merchantgate
X36 17.01pm to York Railway Station (via Piccadilly 17:25pm) arrives RS 17:33pm
Saturday: From York
X36 09:45am York Railway Station (via Merchantgate 09:50am) arrives YAM 10:08am
36 as per weekday service
Return: Yorkshire Air Museum
36 14:28pm (as per weekday service)
The bus service operated on Sundays is by East Yorkshire Motor Services 18a York – Holme on Spalding Moor. The Departure is from York War Memorial on Station Rise arriving at Yorkshire Air Museum Elvington Lane, not directly outside the Museum.
York Departure Times from York War Memorial:
10:00am & 12:00noon
YAM Departure Times from Elvington Lane:
13:40pm & 15:40pm
For further information call Travel Line on 0871 200 2233.
We have visitor information in several different languages. Please select a relevant link below to download a PDF file.