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Spitfire Visitor Centre

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

Hangar 42 South, Blackpool Airport, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 2QY

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Tel: 01253 341 902

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Spitfire Visitor Centre

The Spitfire Visitor Centre has been developed to recreate the sights, sounds and sense of wartime Blackpool and to ensure they are brought back to life.  This experience gives visitors a valuable insight of the realities of fighting on the ground, as well as in the air, during the dark years of WW2. The original Belman Hangar was the first to be erected on the new RAF Squires Gate Airfield in May 1939, before the outbreak of war in September.

Highlights include:
Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the operations and aircrew briefing rooms.

View original wartime aircraft crash relics and hear the stories of their wartime fate and subsequent recovery.

Take the opportunity to view behind the scenes engineering projects, such as the Saving Amy Airspeed Oxford restoration on engineering Thursdays.

Experience the sights and sounds of an operational WW2 RAF fighter squadron hangar.

View four life size marks of Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane replicas and view the UK’s only bf109e up close.

Opportunity to sit in a Spitfire cockpit and also learn about the rare fleet of RAF airfield vehicles and equipment on display (£5.00 fee).

Open days are ticket only and include Informative guided tours as well as the opportunity to look around on your own.

The UK’s only full scale fully operational Spitfire flight simulator for hire, outside of open days.

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Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults (sixteen years and over)£10.00 per ticket
Child (six-sixteen)£5.00 per ticket
UK armed forces veteran£6.00 per ticket

Children under six visit free.

Opening Times

Guided tour (20 Apr 2024)
DayTimes
Saturday10:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30
Guided tour (27 Apr 2024)
DayTimes
Saturday10:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30
Guided tour (4 May 2024)
DayTimes
Saturday10:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30
Guided tour (11 May 2024)
DayTimes
Saturday10:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30

Events

Saturday, 6th April 2024 - Saturday, 2nd November 2024

Public open days and tours at Spitfire Visitor CentreThe Spitfire Visitor Centre opens every Saturday from April (6) through until November (2).
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Wednesday, 8th May 2024 - Wednesday, 8th May 2024

Restoring the Airspeed Oxford & Amy Johnson Story
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Wednesday, 12th June 2024 - Wednesday, 12th June 2024

The History of RAF Squires Gate & Blackpools War Years
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Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018

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