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We're based on Meteor Business Park on Cheltenham Road East on the north side of Gloucestershire Airport.  Look for the traffic lights between the large white Dowty Safran building (3 flags on the roof) and Golden Castle Caravans.  Turn into Meteor Business Park at the lights and the Museum gates will be on your right

The address is:

Meteor Business Park,
Cheltenham Road East,
Gloucester 
GL2 9QL

The number 94 bus service from Gloucester & Cheltenham operates every 10 minutes at peak times.  The ‘Dowty’ stop is two minutes’ walk away.

Please note that there is no access via Gloucestershire Airportʼs main entrance

ARRIVING BY AIR

A grass taxiway, designated ‘R’ accesses the museum’s grass parking area.  Advise ATC that you wish to taxi to the museum and they’ll direct you accordingly.

FREE ADMISSION 
FREE PARKING

KEEPING IN TOUCH

More information about our collection is on this website. Up-to-date news is on our Facebook page: The Jet Age Museum. We are onTwitter: 
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Our phone number is 01452 260078, during open times only.

You can contact us here or via email at jetagemuseum@hotmail.co.uk. You can help us improve and grow by making a donation or becoming a member - please click here for the membership form

Certificate of Excellence
2015

PLAN YOUR VISIT

OPENING TIMES

The Museum opening times are 10am to 4pm (Café 10am to 3.30pm) on Saturdays, Sundays, the majority of UK Bank Holidays and Wednesdays during Gloucestershire Schools’ holiday periods.  The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  

See the link to the Museum’s operations calendar for a complete list of open days.  

 

We recommend that you allow between one and two hours for your visit.  

As an all-volunteer organisation, the Museum cannot guarantee that all the facilities and activities mentioned below will be available when the Museum is open.  Restrictions may also apply when special events are held on public opening days.  

HOW TO FIND US

Location.   Jet Age Museum is at Meteor Business Park, off Cheltenham Road East (the B4063), on the north side of Gloucestershire Airport.  Look for the traffic lights between the large white Safran building and the Triumph Actuation building.  Turn off the main road into Meteor Business Park at the lights and the Museum’s blue gates will be on your right. 

The address is:

Meteor Business Park, 

Cheltenham Road East,
Gloucester 
GL2 9QL

There is no pedestrian or vehicle access to the Museum from the Airport.

By Car.   If using a Satellite Navigation System and post-code, please note that this will take you to the eastern entrance of Meteor Business Park from where you will need to follow either the main road or the internal Business Park road westbound until you arrive at Jet Age Museum at the western end of the Business Park.

  

By Bus.   The No. 94 bus route between Gloucester bus station (near the railway station) and the Promenade in Cheltenham passes the Meteor Business Park entrance in both directions. The bus stops opposite the white Safran building every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and roughly every 30 minutes on Sundays and Bank Holidays.  The ‘Dowty’ stops are approximately 2 minutes’ walk from the Museum.

By Rail.   The nearest railway stations are Cheltenham Spa and Gloucester.  You will need to connect to the Museum by bus or taxi.  

By AirGloucestershire Airport has provided a grass taxiway, designated ‘R’, to access the light aircraft grass parking area adjacent to the Museum site.  Advise ATC that you wish to taxi to the Museum and they’ll direct you accordingly.  You may phone the airport from the Museum’s Reception to settle landing fees etc.  

PARKING

The Museum does not charge for parking.  

Cars and Small Minibuses.   The Museum has gravel car parking spaces for approximately 34 vehicles. There are also 2 tarmac disabled access parking spaces to the front of the museum with a central transfer space.  At busy times, when ground conditions allow, a grass overflow car park may be available for additional vehicles.  Public parking on Meteor Business Park is limited.  If you do need to park on the Business Park please respect the needs of local businesses and their customers and do not obstruct access to premises or park in designated customer parking spaces. 

The Museum car park does not have street lighting so care may be required when returning to vehicles on late afternoons in winter.               

Bicycles.   There is a cycle rack for 6 bikes adjacent to the North East corner of the Museum building. 

Motorcycles.   Wood plates are available to support motorcycle stands when using the gravel car parking areas.  Please ask at Reception.   

Coaches and Large Minibuses.   There is no coach parking available on the Museum site on public opening days.  Coaches may drop off passengers at the Museum gates but will need to park elsewhere.    

MAIN ENTRANCE AND RECEPTION 

The entrance to the Museum building is via the double doors visible on your right as you enter the Museum grounds.  You will be welcomed on arrival by volunteer receptionists who will provide information you may require for your visit.  

Admission.   There is no charge for admission to the Museum site, to the building or any exhibits, but donations to help meet our running costs and to fund our future expansion plans are most definitely welcome!

There are donation boxes located around the Museum building.  If you are a UK tax payer, please complete a gift aid form if you can as this will allow the Museum to claim gift aid from HMRC and boost your contribution to Museum funds by 25%.

Jet and Whittle Café.   The Jet and Whittle Café is located behind the Reception area.  Open between 10am and 3.30pm, subject to volunteer availability, the café serves tea, coffee, soft drinks and an extensive cake menu.  The reception and café area is heated in winter.  Please note that only food and drink purchased from the café can be consumed in the café seating area.  

  

Dogs.   Only accredited Assistance Dogs are permitted in the Museum buildings.  Other dogs are welcome in the grounds, including the picnic area, but must be kept on a lead at all times due to the proximity of the active runways at the airport.  Dog water bowls can be provided outside the main entrance.  

Public Toilets.   Public toilets, including disabled facilities, are located to the right off the Reception area.  The toilets are heated in winter.  

Baby Change.   A baby change table is available in the disabled toilet.  If the table obstructs the use of the disabled facilities please contact Reception and the table will be moved. 

WheelchairThe Museum has one wheelchair, available for loan, which can be requested free of charge from Reception.  Booking in advance is recommended.   

DISPLAY HALL 

Please note that the Display Hall is not heated and can be quite cold during the winter period.  Coats, hats and gloves inside the Display Hall are recommended in cold weather.

Aircraft and other Artefacts.   Our main collection of aircraft, engines, some projects in progress and other smaller exhibits can be found in the Display Hall.  Interpretation boards are placed throughout the Museum to explain the story of aviation in Gloucestershire.  We are constantly making changes and improvements to our displays.  

Audio Visual DisplayA DVD viewing area showing a film about the life of Sir Frank Whittle, the British pioneer of jet engine powered flight, is shown in this area.  Running time is approximately 90 minutes.  Other films may be shown from time to time.  Seating is provided.    

Children’s ActivitiesA treasure hunt for younger children is available.  Please ask the volunteer at the desk opposite the shop.   

Open CockpitsOur Hunter and Gnat cockpits are available for older children and adults to experience with the help of our volunteer guides.  Access to the cockpits is via aircraft steps and does require care entering and exiting.    

  

Biggles and AmyOur mini biplanes for smaller children can be found in the hall.  Parents and guardians are asked to supervise young pilots as care is required getting in and out of the cockpits.  The play planes are not suitable for children taller than 1 metre.    

Vulcan and Trident Ticket DeskAccess to the Vulcan bomber and Trident airliner cockpits is limited by timed ticket.  There is no charge for the tickets.  Vulcan tours (for 5 people) last 15 minutes and the Trident experience (for 8 people), including a film, takes approximately 30 minutes.  Please collect your tickets from the desk (normally in the Display Hall) to ensure access.  The Museum regrets that advanced booking is not possible.   

Access to the Vulcan is via a steep crew ladder and is not suitable for those with restricted mobility.  Children must be taller than one metre and those under 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

Access to the Trident is via a set of metal steps that are not pushchair or wheelchair friendly.

Please note that entry to both aircraft is from outside the Museum building.  

Museum ShopThe Museum shop is located just inside the display hall on the left through the double doors from Reception.  The shop stocks a range of new and donated aviation books, models, DVDs and souvenirs.  If you wish to make purchases please pay at Reception. 

The volunteer Shop Manager welcomes donations of good condition aviation related items for the Shop.  Please note that we cannot accept magazines, bound magazines or VHS videos.  If you wish to donate any items please ask for the volunteer Duty Manager.  

OUTSIDE   

Our collection is too large for all exhibits to be accommodated in the Display Hall although we have plans for more covered space in the future.  Aircraft and other large artefacts, some awaiting restoration work, are of necessity stored in the open.   

Vulcan and Trident CockpitsThe Vulcan and Trident cockpits are open to the public by timed ticket available only from the ticket desk in the Display Hall.    

Picnic Area.   There is an outside grass picnic area with tables overlooking the airport runways which is accessed initially by a paved, then ash, path.  You are welcome to bring your own picnic.  There is a grass viewing mound next to the picnic area giving an excellent view of aircraft taking off and landing.  

ACCESS STATEMENT

A link to our full Access Statement is here.  

If English is not your first language, we have some volunteer guides with language skills who may be available to assist during your visit.  As an all-volunteer run Museum, we cannot guarantee such assistance, but please contact the volunteer Museum Manager in advance and we will do our best to help.    

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you require any further information before your visit, please contact the Museum Manager through our Contact page on the website or via our e-mail address.  These messages are reviewed daily and a response will be provided as soon as possible.  Messages can be left on the Museum’s answer phone outside normal opening hours, but as the Museum is not normally open on weekdays, phone messages may not be acknowledged for several days. 

Volunteer GuidesIf you require any assistance or information during your visit please ask any member of the volunteer guide team.  They will be wearing Jet Age Hi Vis jackets and name tags.   

Volunteer Duty ManagerThere is a volunteer Duty Manager in the Museum during opening hours.  If you wish to discuss any matters with the Duty Manager, please ask at Reception.   

Comments and SuggestionsAt Reception you will find the Museum’s Visitors’ Book and a Suggestions Box.  Please feel free to record any comments in the book or complete and post a suggestion form in the box.