The Helicopter Museum
The Helicopter Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is the largest dedicated Rotorcraft Collection in the world, with over 80 helicopters displayed inside the museum's iconic hangar! Favourites include two of the Queen’s Royal Flight helicopters, the world speed record holder G-LYNX (400 km per hour!), the Vietnam Veteran Huey and the Hind Russian Gun Ship. Explore the old airfield's restored Pilots Block where you will find the ‘Weston Aviation Exhibition’ telling the story of Weston-super-Mare’s famous aviation past. Outside on the old taxiway visitors will be wowed by the 30 foot ‘Bristol Bloodhound’ Missile - the rockets of which were made just down the road in Banwell shortly after WW2. You don’t have to be an aviation buff to enjoy the museum and there’s plenty for kids to do - interactive zone, film theatre and ‘Play Copter’ are all family favourites! Regular open cockpit days give you a chance to climb aboard, have the controls explained to you by an expert and pose for a photo!
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  • dragonara2
    Honiton, United Kingdom443 contributions
    Plenty to see
    We brought our young grandson here; after drinks and biscuits,( the cafe has a limited menu but is spacious and well maintained, we explored the main hangar. We did bring our own children many years ago but there is obviously much more to see now. Each exhibit has a comprehensive description, the helicopters used for the Royal family were very luxurious! many interesting exhibits with their stories, the burnt remains of one, the helicopters used in Vietnam, to name but a few. in the other exhibition area across the concourse there were interactive displays that children of all ages could use which 5 year old grandson enjoyed. plenty of parking and reasonable entrance fee which is valid for the whole year.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 9 January 2023
  • G..
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom173 contributions
    Didn't know they were so big.lol
    We went for the other half. Expecting to be a bit bored.. But I was nicely surprised.. Every helicopter as a little story to it. So it was interesting, But the most interesting was the two gents that work there.. One gent who was in the RAF, and an older gent on a scooter,,these 2 gents brought the place to life with their stories.. Really worth a visit.. Brilliant..
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2023
  • PippinTrackers
    Taunton, United Kingdom25 contributions
    Top flight helicopter museum
    This is a very well presented museum focussed entirely on helicopters. It is great for anyone interested in aviation or engineering but the casual visitor will enjoy the visit and will learn many interesting things. Each exhibit has explanation including technical specification of the type, history of the type and specific history of the particular aircraft. Actual for pilots, helicopter crew or repair engineers are on hand throughout to answer questions and share interesting experiences. The museum is filled with historic craft such as the Royal Flight and the helicopter with fastest speed record. Your ticket is good for return visits in the year too. We had a great day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Doug P
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom27 contributions
    Great museum
    Being ex RN FAA, when I saw this museum was close to where we were staying, I couldn't pass over the chance to pay it a visit. My only minor complaint is that they do not have any Sea Kings... Other than that, fantastic museum and exhibits (including some Russian), lots of information and a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Cafe was good value and offered what it needed to. I look forward to hopefully seeing the museum get some more exhibits and expand some more...
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Gareth J
    1 contribution
    Wonderful volunteers brought this place to life
    My teenage son and I originally visited on a quiet day during the Easter holidays; we enjoyed looking round but even with the information boards didn't feel we got to know that much about the helicopters. We returned (with the 12 month pass which you get with tickets) in August for the World Helicopter Day open cockpit day and were thrilled that we did - not only could my son sit inside 5 of the helicopters, but the volunteers alongside the helicopters were mostly ex-pilots. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and my son learned so much about how they worked and their experiences. Thank you to all those who give up their time for these days; you really brought the place to life.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Dawn D
    12 contributions
    Kids need to be older to enjoy, but lovely place
    Went on Wednesday when the magician was on. Really good family entertainment; got the whole crowd involved. Kids are 9 & 11 and probably the right age for this museum. They loved the simulator and being able to sit in the cockpit (which I understand may only be possible on some days). Entrance fee is a bit steep for a full family especially with younger children as I am not sure they will get as much from it as mine did. Husband loved it but was disappointed by the guide book. As a family we enjoyed this and all of the people there were so friendly and knowledgeable
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Rob P
    1 contribution
    Aircraft enthusiast paradise.
    Wow! A real hidden gem of an aviation museum. If you're a aircraft enthusiast or not make sure you pay a visit. So many historically important and fascinating aircraft to see. Many that you won't see anywhere else. Well maintained and displayed. A real must see. My only criticism is that the shop is heavy on toys but nothing about helicopters, specialist books or nice models for the enthusiast.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 September 2023
  • aaron
    Northampton, United Kingdom48 contributions
    Very interesting and enjoyable even if you aren't interested in helicopters
    Even if you aren't a fan of helicopters this is still a very interesting place. Went with family and we were there for over 4 hours as it was so interesting on the history and designs of helicopters. The number on display is huge and each has a description and at the back there is a workshop area for the engineers to restore and eventually display. There is an outside section but the building had a power failure and we were unable to view which was a shame. The engineers are knowledgeable and love to talk about their passion of helicopters and their history on restoring. Restaurant on site is very reasonably priced and the jacket potatoes are LOVELY! They don't receive government support, they don't receive national lottery funding so everything you purchase goes back into the museum. So come along and spend time there.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • florinelsolomon
    Hertford, United Kingdom277 contributions
    Impressive
    A nice place to visit and learn history of helicopter, there are from new to old ones. We visit long time a go but now I get the chance to put a review. I whose impressed. If you like technology is a good place to go
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
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florinelsolomon
Hertford, UK277 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
A nice place to visit and learn history of helicopter, there are from new to old ones. We visit long time a go but now I get the chance to put a review. I whose impressed. If you like technology is a good place to go
Written 29 October 2023
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Martin G
1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Couples
Went in March 2023 weather was very cold and freezing inside museum no heating . Wife not feeling well and so cold we left. We were told could have return visit within 1 year. We went back today 11.10.2023 and presented receipt to a very unacomodating man who said no entry with receipt but needed original tiny ticket stub!! No one told us this in march simply said keep receipt. He was totally uninterested. Very poor service..left very disappointed and would not go again.
Written 11 October 2023
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aaron
Northampton, UK48 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Even if you aren't a fan of helicopters this is still a very interesting place.
Went with family and we were there for over 4 hours as it was so interesting on the history and designs of helicopters. The number on display is huge and each has a description and at the back there is a workshop area for the engineers to restore and eventually display.
There is an outside section but the building had a power failure and we were unable to view which was a shame.
The engineers are knowledgeable and love to talk about their passion of helicopters and their history on restoring.
Restaurant on site is very reasonably priced and the jacket potatoes are LOVELY!
They don't receive government support, they don't receive national lottery funding so everything you purchase goes back into the museum.
So come along and spend time there.
Written 1 October 2023
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Rob P
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Solo
Wow! A real hidden gem of an aviation museum. If you're a aircraft enthusiast or not make sure you pay a visit. So many historically important and fascinating aircraft to see. Many that you won't see anywhere else. Well maintained and displayed. A real must see. My only criticism is that the shop is heavy on toys but nothing about helicopters, specialist books or nice models for the enthusiast.
Written 22 September 2023
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Karen L
16 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fascinating even for the individual who is not that interested in flight history. We spent about one and a half hours there. A huge range of machines to see and how do they ever stay in the sky?
Written 15 September 2023
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Dawn D
12 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Went on Wednesday when the magician was on. Really good family entertainment; got the whole crowd involved. Kids are 9 & 11 and probably the right age for this museum. They loved the simulator and being able to sit in the cockpit (which I understand may only be possible on some days). Entrance fee is a bit steep for a full family especially with younger children as I am not sure they will get as much from it as mine did. Husband loved it but was disappointed by the guide book.

As a family we enjoyed this and all of the people there were so friendly and knowledgeable
Written 24 August 2023
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Gareth J
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
My teenage son and I originally visited on a quiet day during the Easter holidays; we enjoyed looking round but even with the information boards didn't feel we got to know that much about the helicopters.

We returned (with the 12 month pass which you get with tickets) in August for the World Helicopter Day open cockpit day and were thrilled that we did - not only could my son sit inside 5 of the helicopters, but the volunteers alongside the helicopters were mostly ex-pilots. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and my son learned so much about how they worked and their experiences. Thank you to all those who give up their time for these days; you really brought the place to life.
Written 22 August 2023
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Doug P
Portsmouth, UK27 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Being ex RN FAA, when I saw this museum was close to where we were staying, I couldn't pass over the chance to pay it a visit.
My only minor complaint is that they do not have any Sea Kings...
Other than that, fantastic museum and exhibits (including some Russian), lots of information and a very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Cafe was good value and offered what it needed to.
I look forward to hopefully seeing the museum get some more exhibits and expand some more...
Written 21 August 2023
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Carol B
Walton-On-Thames, UK2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
What a pleasure to visit the Helicopter museum… very well set up .. helicopters from different countries .. good information on each of them .. cafe also fmdies a good lunch and lovely staff although
Written 19 July 2023
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harald
Heemskerk, The Netherlands2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Great museum, interesting helicopters. Very friendly and helpfull staff. Highly recommended. Lovely café and great souvenirshop
Written 17 July 2023
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