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“A wonderful Day of history and fun!”

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.
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We went to the Fleet Air Arm museum to fill time, as my wife was busy, and my 6 year old son was bored. What a treat!? The whole place is a treasure trove of exploration and fun. Lots of interactive stuff for the small people, lots of fascinating stuff for the bigger boys. We walked inside Concorde, we played with a 'remote control' Sea Harrier model, which taught a 6 year old about motor control and lift, thrust and drag etc. Brilliant! He loved it.

The best bit for him was the 'flight deck experience'. Get there in time to do this as it takes a while. You walk out on to a mock-up of a Carrier Flight Deck and experience the noise and activity on the deck, with running commentary in between the massive noises. It did go on a bit, and my son got tired of the noise after about 20 mins but you can exit whenever you wish. We then went back into the exhibits and he explored some more.

All in all, a great day for small people, especially those interested in planes and ships. Great for a wet Sunday family day out, that's what I can say. The shop at the end has all kinds of interesting stuff, lots of which makes great presents too.

We shall be going again!

Thank AlexMac65
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We really enjoyed our day out here. Fabulous set up and lots of interactive stuff for all the family to enjoy. Really well laid out and definitely worth a visit.

Thank Maxine O
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We arrived at opening time (10 a.m.) and spent a very happy 6 hours on site, including our stop for lunch. The Fleet Air Arm museum is worth every cent of its entry fee! We enjoyed so many aspects: being able to walk through the second Concorde prototype + the gallery of art work + the whole Aircraft Carrier experience, which runs for almost an hour + the history of women in war + the whole experience on the raising of the Skusa from the bottom of a Norwegian lake + of course, all the various air craft on display. Lunch at the Swordfish restaurant on site was really nice. All the staff were wonderful and providing pockets of activities for children throughout the museum is a great idea.

1  Thank Robyn E
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

A very interesting day out,the whole experience is amazing..
A Must for all families. The aircraft Carrier experience is mind blowing and so realistic
Concorde was wonderful to go onto
Very good Value for money. Photos are allowed and you need to make sure everything is charged up as you take so many pictures.
Allow plenty of time.for looking around, parking is good but not if you have a dog as No Dogs allowed any where on the Museum site apart from the car park which is limited for shady spots.

2  Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Stopped at FAA Museum for break & meal & a trip down memory lane (48 years MOD,30 of in Fleet Air Arm). Weather was boiling hot we passed the picnic areas & took a seat in the shade in the outside area of the cafe area . It was 1130 am & there were no other customers . The staff were preparing lunch but breakfast was still being served . As I was ordering my wife was informed by a poker faced jobsworth that dogs were not allowed . As we had come from dog friendly Cheddar where the customer friendly helpful staff let dogs into the caves ,most cafes & shops (We are dog friendly gorge company who can't afford to turn down the tourist pound , unquote ) I would suggest that the museum management should send their staff to Cheddar for a customer relations course . The museum must be very well off or it must lose a lot of tourist trade . We took our money elsewhere & I recommend all other dog owner tourists to do the same . Its a shame I am part of that history but I will never be back . Well done jobsworth a museum is where you belong.

4  Thank Ian G
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FAAMUS, Manager at Fleet Air Arm Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2014

Thank you very much for your comments.

The Museum has a strict policy regarding dogs in and around the Museum site. It is with regret that we do not allow dogs either into the Museum galleries, or the adjacent Swordfish Restaurant and exterior family picnic area (unless guide or support dogs).

However, our policy should have been communicated to you in sympathetic manner and I am sorry that this appears to have not been the case. We pride ourselves on maintaining a high standard of customer service and we will do all we can to ensure that this does not happen again.

We hope this will not deter you from visiting the Museum in future.

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