Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

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Airport House, Purley Way

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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

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


FREE, donations welcome.

Travel directions:

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

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Facilities and services

Facilities information:

Toilets. Restaurant on site. Free parking.

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