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Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial - Buildings 12 to 21

Halifax Way, Elvington, York, YO41 4AU

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Introduction

Opening Times (April - September)

  • Monday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.

Opening Times (October - March)

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is York.
  • Comments View
    • The museum is situated on the old RAF Elvington airfield.
    • The museum exhibitions are situated in various different buildings around the airfield.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the rear of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 6 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 286cm x 475cm (9ft 5in x 15ft 7in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 13m (14yd 8in) from the 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 21m (22yd 2ft) from the 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The blue badge bays are in front of the Airborne Forces Display and 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room (Building 1).
    • The blue badge bays are at different distances from the buildings throughout the site.
    • The Airmen's Billet (Building 14) is the furthest building from the car park.
    • The nearest bay is 80m from the Airmen's Billet entrance.
    • The furthest bay is 91m from the Airmen's Billet entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 370cm (12ft 2in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception (Ticket Office)

  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • All visitors must stop at the Guard House to purchase tickets for entry.
    • Vehicles must stop before proceeding to the car park.

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 122cm (4ft).

Outside Access (Building 12 - Control Tower Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Level Change (Building 12 - Control Tower Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (Building 13 - French Officer's Mess Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Outside Access (Building 14 - Airmen's Billet)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Outside Access (Building 17 - Canadian Memorial Hangar Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Level Change (Building 17 - Canadian Memorial Hangar Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Building 19 - Handley Page Hangar Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).

Level Change (Building 19 - Handley Page Hangar Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Building 19 - Handley Page Hangar Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located opposite the Control Tower.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Level Change (Building 19 - Handley Page Hangar Side Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Building 20 - Pioneers of Aviation Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Outside Access (Building 21 - Historic Vehicles Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the external areas of the venue from the tannoy system.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Some of the buildings have automated audio guides and ambient sounds which activate on entry.

Museum

  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Braille signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Touch tours are not available.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Concessions are available.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow the wheelchair, please speak to a member of staff at the reception building, or one of the guides.
  • Comments View
    • There are interactive exhibits in the Bomber Command and Pioneers of Aviation exhibitions.
    • The interactive exhibit in the Bomber Command exhibition is not touchscreen.
    • The height to the top of the desk is 104cm.
    • The mouse is a standard mouse.
    • The height to the top of the screen is 130cm.
    • The Design A Plane interactive exhibit in the Pioneers of Aviation exhibition is touchscreen.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen is 150cm.
    • Some of the exhibits in the hangars can be entered.
    • There are steps to enter the exhibits in the hangars.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps to enter the Dakota in the main hangar (photograph 17), and the Jet Provost Cockpit in the Handley Page hangar (photograph 18) have handrails on both sides.
    • The interior of the Dakota is on a steep gradient (photograph 19).
    • The steps to enter the Canberra cockpit in the Handley Page hangar does not have handrails (photograph 20).
    • The entrance to the Canberra cockpit is small and requires bending while climbing into the cockpit.

Other Floors (Building 12 - Control Tower)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the Flying Control Room and additional exhibits.

Parks and Gardens (Museum Grounds)

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have concrete surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Parks and Gardens (Nature of Flight)

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have gravel and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are not any bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • The Nature of Flight is a woodland walk and observation area.
    • There are 2 entrances to the Nature of Flight.
    • The main entrance is located to the rear left of the museum grounds, beyond the main hangar (photograph 1).
    • The main entrance does not have any gates and has a clear opening width of 323cm.
    • The rear entrance is located at the far left of the car park, beyond the Fire Station and main hangar (photograph 2).
    • The rear entrance does not have any gates and has a clear opening width of 74cm.
    • The opening width is restricted to 74cm due to security roping around aircraft which are undergoing restoration and painting.
    • There is an outdoor education centre in the woodland.
    • The outdoor education area has high picnic style benches and a whiteboard (photographs 4 and 5).

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible toilet is located in Building 11 - NAAFI. Please see the related guide for this information.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located in the grounds of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The museum has exhibition and conference facilities available.