Our Visit the Vulcan Days at London Southend Airport give everyone an opportunity to see former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close at a very affordable price. With lots to see and no admission fee for under-16s, they are an ideal family day out. You will also have the chance to sit inside the Vulcan's cockpit.
Our team will be giving guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and you will be able to see a rare example of a WE177B nuclear bomb on display beneath the Vulcan. There will also be examples of 1,000 lb High Explosive bomb the Vulcan dropped on Port Stanley airfield during the 1982 Falklands Conflict. Also on display will be the life raft which the Vulcan’s crew would have used had they had to escape from the aircraft out at sea.
As well as the Vulcan, there will be much to keep the whole family entertained. Refreshments will be on sale from a variety of stalls so no one goes hungry or thirsty. Our souvenir stand will be open selling a selection of Vulcan souvenirs, including models, badges, patches, postcards, books, and much more.
Please check back nearer the time for details of displays and other entertainment.
General admission is £5.00 for adults with accompanied under-16s admitted FREE. Admission allows you entry to walk around the Vulcan, take a guided tour if you wish and take photographs. There is a an additional £5.00 charge per person for cockpit tours. This charge applies to all visitors, both adults and under-16s.
Doors open at 10.00 am with last admission at 4.00 pm.
Admission and cockpit tickets will only be on sale ‘at the door’ – please note that there are no advance ticket sales. Entry is free for Vulcan Restoration Trust members.
Cockpit visits take place every 15 minutes and are done on a timed ticket basis, so there is no need to stand and queue. Space is limited so cockpit visit tickets are subject to availability. When they’re gone, they’re gone!
Limited free car parking will be available close to the Vulcan. Please follow the ‘Vulcan Open Day’ direction signs after entering the airport. If the Vulcan car park is full, visitors will need to park in the airport’s short stay car park (for which there is a charge) which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Vulcan.
Visitors can arrive by bus or train. London Southend Airport station is approximately 10 minutes walk away and is served by frequent trains on the London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line - turn left when leaving the station and follow the signs to the Vulcan.
Details of train times, local bus services and car parking charges can be found on the London Southend Airport website: www.southendairport.com
Sorry – due to airport rules, we regret that no pets can be admitted with the exception of assistance dogs.