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National Museum of Flight - Getting Around The Grounds

East Fortune Airfield, B1347, East Lothian, EH39 5LF

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in November 2020.
  • B45 (Fortunes of War) and B28 (Fantastic Flight) are currently closed.
  • There have been no changes to the parking.
  • There is an external queuing system for entry to the shop and the main route to Concorde with social distancing markers on the floor and hand sanitiser.
    There is also an external queuing system of the same nature at the Parachute store.
  • H4 Concorde - the entrance is as normal, via the shop ramp (route from café is no longer available). The exit is now through an open door on the south facing wall which takes you onto a tarmac path and brings you round to the café.
  • H2 and H3- the entrances are as normal. The exits are via an open door on the east wall. The exits require all users to travel over a short ramp.
  • Parachute store - this route has not changed.
  • Hand sanitising stations are available at the following locations; the ticket kiosk, café (x2), shop queuing area, shop exit, H4 entrance, inside H4, H2 entrance and exit, H3 entrance and exit, parachute store and in the external play area.
  • There are capacity limits for each building in place.
  • There are strict one way systems in place in Hangars 2 and 3, and a less rigid general flow system in place in Hangar 4 (Concorde Hangar).
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • Directional signs, floor markings and Concorde symbols are all in place.
  • Protective screens are in place in the shop, café and ticket kiosk.
  • The lift in H2 and viewing platform is closed and stairs are out of use. Free flow is external.
  • As Fantastic Flight is closed those toilets are not available. However all other toilets remain open including the accessible toilet in Hangar 4.
  • Some urinals have been closed to assist with social distancing and only one family group or bubble may enter the toilets at any given time.
  • Staff are available for assistance at the shop queue, at the entrance to the Concorde aircraft itself to control boarding and at the entrance to the Concorde hangar. Other staff are deployed as normal.
  • Face Masks must be worn indoors at all times (unless exempt) and track and trace is in operation.
  • Additional Information
    - Tickets should be purchased in advance via the website at which point contact details will be recorded and stored securely for 21 days after the visit. Contact details are required for at least one member of the party.
    - Contactless card transactions are preferred on site.
    - Dogs are still permitted on site but must be kept on a lead and only outdoors (unless its an assistance dog).
    - An additional cleaning regime is in operation so toilets and Concorde Aircraft are temporarily closed throughout the day for short periods of time.
    - All boarding aircraft except Concorde are closed for boarding but can be viewed externally (BAC 1-11, Comet and Boeing 707). Only one family group or bubble is permitted on Concorde at any one time and a queuing system is in place with social distancing markers on the floor for entry.
    - Audio guides are not in use.
  • The venue is certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information on the 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard please click here.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .
  • To see a video of the COVID-19 measures that are in place please click here.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The venue is located before East Fortune on the B1347 road from the A1 to North Berwick.
      The B1347 road is located between Haddington and East Linton from the A1.
    • There is a car park from the shop leading up to the middle of the site with several designated parking areas around the site.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
    • The bus stop is served by bus 121.
      There is a bus drop off and pick up point within the grounds of the Museum itself.
  • By Train View

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Staff do not receive deaf awareness training.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located near the woods.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact a member of staff.
  • Dog waste bags are available .

Ticket Booth

  • Tickets are available from the drive-thru style entry booth at the main gate to the airfield.
  • Tickets can also be purchased from the shop.
  • Concessions are available.

Parking Information

  • There are designated Blue Badge bays at the shop which serve the shop, Aviator Cafe, Concorde Experience, picnic area, assault course and BAC1-11 plane.
  • They can also serve the Civil Aviation Hangar and Fortunes of War buildings although standard parking may be closer to these.
  • The Green Godess and Matador display buildings are also close to standard bays here.
  • There are further designated bays at the Military Aviation Hangar which serve there and also the Green Godess and Matador.
  • There are additional designated bays at the Comet plane which serve the Education Centre, Comit and Vulcan planes, Fantastic Flight and Parachute Store buildings.
  • The Airfield Explorer bus may be the best option for getting closer to some central buildings such as Fantastic Flight and the Parachute Store. It runs between the shop and Education Centre area stopping at all buildings along the route and can be flagged down anywhere.

Bus Stop Shelter

  • The bus stop is located on the road opposite the Civil Aviation Hangar (Hangar 3) and the Fortunes of War Building.
  • The bus stop is served by bus 121.
  • There are benches available on the grass and further seating inside the shelter.
  • The shelter door opens away from you, is lightweight and 74cm wide.
  • There is a shallow step in the doorway after a slope across the grass and loose chippings.

Getting Around The Musuem

  • There is a marked path between the car park and grass which covers most of the road towards the Military Aviation Hangar.
  • The majority of the surface throughout the grounds is tarmac, with some slight slopes in places.
  • The roads to the buildings are used by pedestrians and cars visiting the site so care must be taken.
  • There is directional signposting throughout the site.
  • Staff can be found in the hangars, shop and cafe areas if assistance is required.

Airfield Explorer

  • The Airfield Explorer bus can be used to visit any of the buildings around the grounds.
  • There are main stops opposite the shop and at the Comet plane.
  • Staff in the hangars have radios which can be used to call the bus when required.
  • The bus can also be flagged down to stop wherever it is passing.
  • The bus may be unavailable around lunchtime hours, so please ask staff on the day for details.
  • There is ramped access to the larger rear cabin.
  • The rear entrance door width is 82cm.
  • The ramp has a moderate gradient and is 100cm in width.
  • Staff operate the ramp.
  • There are 2 deep steps to access the standard seating cabins.

Picnic Area

  • There are picnic seating tables available outside the cafe and shop.
  • There is step free access to the picnic tables.
  • There is not space for wheelchairs under the picnic tables.
  • There is a tarmac surface in this area.

BAC1-11

  • The BAC1-11 plane is located opposite the shop before the Civil Aviation Hangar.
  • There is stepped entry via the rear of the plane with the exit at the front of the plane.
  • There is a tarmac surface around the plane which is uneven in places.
  • The wing is 185cm from the ground and is passed under when going to the rear.
  • The rear entrance is 56cm in width and has 13 deep clearly marked steps with handrails on both sides to access it.
  • The aisle inside the cabin is 42cm in width.
  • The front door is 71cm in width and is accessed via 11 deep clearly marked steps with handrails on both sides.

Assault Course

  • The assault course is located beyond the BAC1-11 plane towards the side of the Civil Aviation Hangar.
  • There are some picnic tables available here at the tarmac surface side the course.
  • The course has a surface of grass with bark chippings around the obstacles.

Matador

  • The Matador is located on the right as you head from the shop towards the Military Aviation Hangar.
  • There is an easy slope leading down to the entrance.
  • The doors are double width, 280cm in width and are permanently held open.
  • The Matador is viewed from the entrance with a roadblock style barrier preventing entry.
  • There is signage available here.
  • The roadblock barbed wire is imitation and made of twine.

Green Goddess

  • The Green Goddess is located on the left as you head from the shop towards the Military Aviation Hangar (opposite the Matador).
  • There is an easy slope leading down to the entrance.
  • The doors are double width, 282cm in width and permanently held open.
  • The Green Goddess is viewed from the entrance with a roadblock style barrier preventing entry.
  • There is signage available here.
  • The roadblock barbed wire has been cut to make it safe.

Comet

  • The Comet is located adjacent to the Airfield Explorer drop off at Hangar 1 (Education Centre area).
  • There is stepped entry on either side of the plane with a larger door and lower steps at the rear.
  • There is information signage available at ground level.
  • The front door is 60cm in width and is accessed via 14 deep clearly marked steps with handrails on both sides.
  • The cabin aisle width is 40cm.
  • The rear entrance is 75cm in width and accessed via 14 deep steps with handrails on both sides.

Vulcan

  • The Vulcan is located opposite the Comet near the rear of the Military Aviation Hangar.
  • There is signposted information at the front of the plane.
  • Access around the plane is slightly uneven in places with some loose chippings and grassy surfaces.

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