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Museum, free entry

Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum

Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum


off Eagle Way,
Martlesham Heath,


The Museum is open on Sunday afternoons 2-5 p.m. from Sunday 3rd April to the end of October. We can open at other times by prior arrangement. The Museum and associated underground bunker tells the story of this fascinating airfield from its opening in January 1917, to the last flight in March 1917. It covers the time in WW1 when it was a special testing and development airfield for the Royal Flying Corps, and then the fledgling R.A.F. Between the wars the airfield was the prime site for testing Armaments and Aircraft of all sorts, Civil and Military.

WW2 saw the airfield as a Battle of Britain Station, and then a Fighter base for the 8th United States Airforce. After the war Experimental work resumed… trialling rough field testing of aircraft, and early work on automatic aircraft landing systems - the systems now standard on all aircraft.

Special Open Day Sunday 11th September 11:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Notice required for large groups. Limited access for disabled persons .


Free entry

Free Admission (Donations appreciated) Suggested donation for Groups is £3 per person.


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Map reference: TM 187451  Lat: 52.06108 Long: 1.18895

Getting to the Control Tower Museum

By Air
Sadly, although there is still a small section of runway and taxiway remaining, you can no longer fly into Martlesham Heath. Nor Ipswich, since the airport was closed to build housing.

By Bus
Route 66 bus, ask driver to stop at FIRST bus stop in Eagle Way. Footpath on the right leads to Museum.

By car
Turn off the A12 at the Tesco roundabout into Eagle Way, third right into Parkers Place, first left into roadway that leads to the Museum Car Park. The Museum is located in an area off Deben Avenue. Plenty of parking space.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Notice required for large groups. Limited access for disabled persons .