Where to find Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Where to find Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum


Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s purpose is to inform and educate communities and visitors with regard to the history of RAF Cranwell, RAF College Cranwell and the wider aviation heritage within Lincolnshire, providing an informative and good quality visitor experience, and collecting, safeguarding and making accessible artefacts and heritage assets, which are held in trust for society.

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum (CAM) is located approximately 2 miles from RAF College Cranwell. Our collection of artefacts, information boards and exhibits tell the story of this historic establishment from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day.

CAM has something for all the family to enjoy including a Video Theatre, de Havilland Vampire cockpit and a courtyard area with a Jet Provost aircraft on display. The centre has a range of interactives including a flight simulator, aircraft recognition, supply drop, propeller development and navigation. CAM now boasts a ‘Lighter than Air’ exhibition that focuses on the early years of RAF Cranwell and the development of hot air, helium and hydrogen balloons which were used for surveillance. The exhibition also includes an interactive which is designed to help younger visitors grasp the principles of balloon flight.

CAM has an annual programme of events, and also provides information on other places to visit both locally and county wide.


Making contact:

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Heath Farm

North Rauceby



NG34 8QR

Telephone: +44 (0)1529 488490

NKDC Tourism Unit:

Tel: +44 (0)1529 308102

District Website:



A clearly worded leaflet for CAM is available describing the main facilities, directions to the centre and opening times. The leaflet provides information and pictures illustrating the type of experience that a visitor should expect. It is widely distributed to other attractions, hotels, guest houses, caravan parks and Tourist Information Centres.

An answerphone service is available outside opening hours. 

CAM’s special events programme is published on the ‘Latest News and Features’ and ‘Upcoming Events’ pages of the Centre’s website.

Group and educational visits are welcome by prior arrangement with CAHC by calling 01529 488490 or 01529 308102.

Visitor mailing lists (e-mail & postal) are used to circulate Centre related information and these are maintained in accordance with current Data Protection legislation. For information on how to be added to the mailing list, please ask a member of staff.

Short term opening issues such as weather related problems are notified whenever possible on the News Pages of the Centre’s website. To avoid any disappointment, we always recommend people check before they travel.

Getting Here

Car – CAM is easy to find from the A17 Boston to Newark road. For people travelling from the A1, take the Newark junction and follow signs towards A46 ‘Lincoln, Newark and Sleaford’. Then follow signposts to A17 ‘Sleaford’. Continue east along the A17 past RAF Cranwell and runway on your left, and take the next right turn signposted to North & South Rauceby and turn right at the brown tourist sign for ‘Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre’. The entrance to the aviation centre is the second access lane on the right shortly after this turning (Heath Farm & Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre). From the A17 Boston/Kings Lynn direction follow the A17 past the roundabout at the Sleaford/A15 junction and take the left turning to North & South Rauceby. Take the second entrance on the right on to Heath Farm and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.

Train - The Centre is located approximately 6 miles from Sleaford Train Station (SLR). Taxis are available from the station.

Public Transport - There is no direct public bus service from Sleaford to Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum. There is however a bus to North Rauceby and then an approximate 10 minute walk to the Centre.  Please visit for a bus time table.

Arrival and Car Parking Facilities

Free car parking is available on the grassed area to the right of the access road. There are two designated disabled user spaces located close to the entrance. Coach parking is available but must be booked in advance through the Centre. Please note there is a short but steep incline from the parking area to the tarmac road.

Getting Around Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

The Museum is accessible by wheelchair users throughout the buildings, having a level flat cement flagged floor. A wheelchair is available for visitors to use.

The main entrance door is 900cm wide. The double doors leading in to the Exhibition Hall and Video Theatre are 1650cm wide.

The courtyard where the Jet Provost is displayed is however gravelled and uneven and its access door measures 950cm wide. 


Light refreshments are available (unfortunately there are no cafe facilities). The Centre also has a gift shop selling souvenirs, books and gifts.

Toilets - There is a wheelchair accessible single unisex WC available. This WC is externally located at the front of the building. The door is 1060cm wide. The WC is fitted with 2 hand rails. The toilet seat measures 460cm from the floor. Washing facilities are also located within the WC and the top of the sink stands 730cm from the floor.

Seating – There is ample seating throughout CAM for you to sit and ponder, including tables and chairs in the courtyard where visitors can enjoy a picnic.

Additional Information

Dogs – Guide and assistance dogs are welcome, and staff will assist in making drinking water available.

Emergency Procedures – Our staff are trained for emergency situations. Because of the compact nature of the site CAHC does not have an audible fire alarm.

We welcome your comments and feedback all of which is monitored to help improve individual visitor experiences at the centre and its events.

CAM’s Access Policy

We define access as something that is made possible when physical, intellectual, cultural, social, financial, psychological and emotional barriers are removed, reduced, or overcome

Our Commitment to Accessibility

North Kesteven District Council is committed to providing the widest possible access to its heritage to enable audiences from all sections of the community to enjoy the use of our collections and services.  Our policy is to build accessibility into everything that we do to develop and improve our services.  This commitment is long term and our aim is to make continuous improvements as our resources permit; it also extends to our workforce as well as visitors.  We are committed to ongoing training in access issues for staff and volunteers.

In order to eliminate barriers to access we will consider the following forms of accessibility:

-  Physical: to enable people with physical disabilities to reach and appreciate every part of the Centre.  This includes the needs of the elderly and of people caring for young children. 

-  Sensory: to enable those with impaired vision or hearing to enjoy and appreciate the museum’s building, exhibitions and collections.

Intellectual: to enable people with learning disabilities to engage with and enjoy the museum and its collections.  We also recognise that people have different learning modes and will provide interpretation in a range of learning styles.

Cultural: to enable those for whom English is not a first language, or whose knowledge of English history and culture may be limited.

Emotional and attitudinal: to ensure that the museum environment and workforce are welcoming to visitors from all sections of the community.

Financial: North Kesteven District Council is committed to keeping charges for all its visitors as low as possible.

We pay due regard to intergenerational equality. The rights of future generations to enjoy access to our present collection are safeguarded by high standards of collection care and where necessary by restrictions on handling, or exposure to light, moisture or other harmful environmental conditions.


This policy will be reviewed every five years.  The next date of review will be March 2020.

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