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“Unique and interesting historical attraction”

The Hovercraft Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Founded 1987 as a charity, the Hovercraft Museum Trust has become the world's greatest collection of Hovercraft. Come visit our large collection of hovercraft large, and small. From the world's biggest commercial hovercraft, the SRN4, that ran a car ferry service across the channel to France, to craft used to film James Bond Die Another Day.
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We visited during February half-term and spent over two hours engrossed in the fascinating world of Hovercraft development. The star attraction was sitting 20 feet up in the cockpit of a 250 tonne Hoverspeed cross channel ferry called an SRN4. In its hold were over a dozen smaller craft! Then around the site dozens more unusual craft including an ice cream van hovervan. A WW1 hangar houses various restoration projects and the main WW2 hangar has a shop, video suite and other exhibits. The ambience is certainly more James May than Portsmouth Dockyard and rather well worn in places. However, Warwick Jacobs and his troop have created something special here. So go support them with your eyes open and enjoy a different afternoon. At the time of writing, booking was required by email but it was easy enough to arrange.

5  Thank cpjf
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Good family day out, support local sites and history. Great for boys and girls young and old. Old and new tech, also got to ride on a craft and got to sit behind the wheel of an old big one.

3  Thank Gemma B
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We visited the annual Hovershow for the first time ever, I found it very interesting, especially the two massive hovercraft that used to travel from Dover to France daily. Fascinating.

3  Thank MattPearce2011
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Come see some of the greatest examples of British engineering slowly succumb to salt water corrosion while the valiant team of volunteers try desperately to keep them presentable

If there is one museum in the UK that needs more support then this is it. It would terrible if these machines were to be lost..

6  Thank WBA_1010
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We visited on a Tuesday as a large group. The museum is not normally open on that day but because of the size of te group they made great efforts to accommodate us. A comprehensive collection which shows the history and development of the Hovercraft with vehicle which can be accessed. A highly recommended visit

1  Thank gbcpj
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