Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre is linked to RAF Cranwell, so the focus is on aviation skills. We also look at the jet engine, invented by Sir Frank Whittle, one of the famous former students of RAF Cranwell.

Opening times

Open 1st April to 31st October:
Every day – 10.30am to 4.30pm

1st November to 31st March:
Saturday and Sunday only 10am to 4pm.

Specialist area

History of aviation training at RAF Cranwell.

Ideal age range for visits

The Centre attracts mainly aviation enthusiasts, ex RAF personnel and families, but it is a great venue for educational visits with children of all ages.

School visits are welcome and by prior arrangement may be tailored to meet the needs of schools. Many of the exhibits are child friendly and will enhance the teaching of Science and History.

What is unique about this venue?

The Royal Air Force College, Cranwell is perhaps the most famous landmark in RAF history. When it opened in 1920 it was the first military Air Academy in the world. Since then, many of the RAF’s most famous pilots have graduated from here. Cranwell’s fascinating history is told through photographs, exhibits and archive film.

Children will be drawn to the Jet Provost in the Courtyard and the several interactive exhibits where children can test their aviation skills. Using a simulator they can practise landing an aircraft and they can also test their navigation skills.

The education visit is built around:

  • the skills needed to be a pilot,
  • famous pilots who attended RAF Cranwell,
  • the Second World War,
  • Sir Frank Whittle and the jet engine.

On site

  • Exhibition centre,
  • Jet Provost,
  • Interactive exhibits,
  • Flight deck simulation,
  • Shop,
  • Toilet facilities,
  • Ample space for 30 children,
  • Car park,
  • Local information point,
  • Light refreshments – drinks, crisps, biscuits.

Visitor information

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre
Heath Farm
North Rauceby
NG34 8QR

Phone: (01529) 488490 / 308102 (out of opening hours)

Other Information

Directions: Situated on the minor road leading from the A17 to North Rauceby, close to the airfield.
Times: Open 1st April to 31st October: Every day – 10.30am to 4.30pm, 1st November to 31st March: Saturday and Sunday only 10am to 4pm.
Admission: Free
Access: Full access internally, access with assistance to rear courtyard; toilet.

Our partners

Heritage Lottery fundedNorth Kesteven District CouncilLincolnshire County CouncilWest Lindsey District CouncilEast Lindsey District CouncilRenaissance East Midlands