Greenham Control Tower opened its doors in Summer 2018 as a visitor centre and community hub, with the aim to preserve and share the historical legacy of one of the few remaining airfield buildings.
It now shares the story of Greenham Common whilst supporting and cooperating with local organisations for the benefit of the whole community.
Run by volunteers, we promote four key themes:
THE MILITARY AND COLD WAR HISTORY OF GREENHAM COMMON
THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF GREENHAM COMMON
THE ROLE OF PROTEST IN SOCIETY
NATURE CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE
The control tower offers space to enjoy the common from a fascinating and dynamic location with a range of activities and facilities aimed at all ages to educate, inform and entertain where you can reach for the skies from the comfort of the ground.
You will not forget the outstanding view on offer across what was one of the longest runways in Western Europe.
Come and see where jet fighters and bombers blasted their way along a 12,000 foot runway and where the aircraft movements were guided from.
Take yourself back to the tense years of the Cold War when B-47s, KC-97s, and C-5 Galaxy’s used the base and look across to the GAMA site bunkers where cruise missiles were housed.
The cafe offers a special place for all; whether you have come a distance to see the tower and are looking for lunch, to stop off after walking your dogs or as a friendly place to meet with friends or treat yourself!
As well as hot drinks, they offer a variety of delicious cakes, pastries and more.
Their building is wheelchair accessible, if a little bumpy on the car park.
They have wide doors and ramps and a wheelchair friendly disabled toilet.
They ask visitors to be aware that as a Grade 2 listed military building, we do not have a lift to the upper floor or observation deck.
The climb to the top is approx. 60 steps.
They do have an interactive screen in the café that as well as fascinating pictures from the tower’s history, also has a 360 degree view from the Observation Deck.
- Greenham Control Tower