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“Immerse yourself in aviation”

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ilchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Fleet Air Arm Museum will thrill the whole family. Get up close and personal with Europe's largest collection of Naval aircraft and see the first British Concorde.You'll 'Fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing. Witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side into the sea. There's even a nuclear bomb.Situated alongside RNAS Yeovilton, you may also see aircraft flying in and out.Visit The Fleet Air Arm Museum. The thrill is being there. Opening hours 10:00 am to 4.30pm November until March and 10:00am to 5.30pm April to October.
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“Immerse yourself in aviation”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Brilliant true aircraft / technology / mechanics enthusiast venue.

The Concorde alone ( which you can board and sit in / on .... ) worth it alone

Visited July 2013
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“If this is your bag you will love it!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

This was definitely the chap's choice for a Sunday outing. As ever seems to be the case with this type of museum, its a bit like the Curate's Egg, with some of the interactive elements up to the minute, whilst others not. Ephemera is variously displayed and the museum would benefit from making much more of the art work and the explanations and notes which accompany it. The planes are all wonderful and its nice to be able to see them up close and personal. I appreciate that these places rely on volunteers and it was a shame that there werent more people available to talk to and bring the planes to life when we visited, but hopefully on high days and school days there are.Disabled access is available however, they like you to go and get the tickets in advance which is upstairs so you need to have at least one fit person in your party. There's a clean and large cafe outside and great play area for the kids to let off steam! I am not sure if they offer the same deal as the Tank Museum in Bovington (pay once and return free for the rest of the year) but it may be something which they would like to think about? On a personal note, I would have liked to see them making more about the individual stories of the men associated with the FAA, but on balance a good day out.

Visited May 2014
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“EXCELLENT DAY OUT !”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I am more than happy to recommend this attraction as a very good experience.Parking is free and the access is good.Although not needed by our party there is clear attention paid to disabled access and needs.The entry prices are reasonable and the on site Café prices were acceptable and not by any means extortionate.Toilet facilities are plentiful and maintained to a high standard.
I would suggest that you make it a day of a visit to get the best value for money! My 10 year old son thought it was a first class day out so money well spent! I would suggest some sensible footware as most of it is concrete flooring and steel staircases which at the end of the visit takes its toll!

Visited May 2014
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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“Spectacular”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

This was a really good museum to visit. There are lots of planes to see and touch. There is also some interactive stuff at the start of the museum to explain how pales fly. Set out in 4 halls there are all manner of planes from Concorde to harrier jump jets. Outside there is a large picnic area with tables and there is also a restaurant at reasonable prices. Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant!!!!!!”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Fantastic place to visit. The displays are great - lots of info, etc. good interactive section on principles of flight. The carrier experience takes it to another level. Just fantastic! Really well thought out. Everything indoors so no worries re weather. £40 for a family ticket is a fair price. Flight simulator £1 extra for kids (£2 for adults) - fair price. Have no idea what some people who have given it worse reviews are thinking. So pleased made the effort to visit and would like to go again. Couple of minor things could make it even better - some viewing platforms into cockpits of some of the planes, particularly the harrier. Also would have been really good to see inside the sea king. We spent over 3 hours there, and to be honest I could have stayed longer, but needed to get on the road home.

Visited May 2014
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