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“A fitting tribute”

Yorkshire Air Museum
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #10 of 204 things to do in York
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Owner description: The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial is located on the outskirts of the City of York within easy reach of the City centre. The Museum welcomes family visitors, with lots of things to keep everyone in the family entertained. We are also pet friendly, so you won't need to leave your four legged part of the family home alone. Authentically based on an original World War II Bomber Command Station, this unique history museum is filled with a great combination of original buildings to explore, including the restored Control Tower and more than forty aircraft exhibits, from early aviation biplanes to our unique Halifax Bomber "Friday The 13th" all the way to modern Cold War military jets such as the Victor, Nimrod and Tornado jet fighters. Our regular Thunder Days are always popular as a great family day out and our NAAFI cafe has a range of snacks, drinks and meals for everyone. Our guides are on hand to help you explore the museum. They are all volunteers and love to read your reviews!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase
Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
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“A fitting tribute”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

I visited on a bitterly cold day for some research. Once finished I looked around the rest of the exhibits. What never ceases to amaze me are the conditions that the crews went to war in between 1939 and 1945. They were in confined spaces, often alone and without all the communications and navigational equipment we take for granted. Some of the aircraft, particularly the multi engined ones were not fast or manoeuvrable compared with the fighter opposition. So to see them, and inside them is powerful. The modern aircraft represent a very varied and interesting selection of Cold War warriors, well worth a look. The converted buildings house a variety of related exhibits giving an inside into a past still within living memory as well as a restaurant which served a very warm and tasty shepherds pie on a cold day. Well with a visit.

Visited April 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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“So much more than a few aircraft!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The aircraft exhibits are worth seeing anyway. But the real attraction of this museum is how they've used this old WW2 airfield site to magically recreate what it would have been like to serve in the RAF or WRAF in the war years. There are numerous exhibitions located in the bunkered huts on the airfield, which are thoughtfully and authentically put together to take you back to a time when most of us were probably not even born. Well worth a 30 minute drive out of York!

Visited November 2013
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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“Up Close to Aviation History”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

An extremely interesting 5 hours spent looking and learning about the aircraft at this air museum which is situated on a Second World War Bomber Base. There is a great deal to see and learn during your visit. The aircraft range from pre First World War, a Spitfire & Hurricane to recently retired Harrier and Tornado jets. A large number of aircraft are housed in a hanger and the larger aircraft are outside. It is exciting to get up close to an ex Victor Nuclear Bomber and a Nimrod to appreciate the size of these aircraft. The museum is obviously struggling for space to display aircraft inside but they are planning an additional hanger. The lack of undercover space means that many of the exhibits are cramped together but they are being preserved and looked after. Apart from the aircraft there are many other interesting exhibits to see. Had the weather been warmer could have spent longer just wandering around looking at the military vehicles. The Bomber Command Exhibition is excellent and well worth seeing. There is an excellent cafe/restaurant where you can have a good cooked meal or just a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Something which is always a plus there are good W.C. facilities. The whole site is also very disabled friendly with free adequate car parking. The Museum runs special events during the year details of which can be found on their website. www.yorkshireairmuseum.org before you leave they have a shop you can wander around that has a wide selection of memorabilia, books etc. I shall definitely return again in the near future.

Visited November 2013
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Woodford, United Kingdom
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“Remembrance Sunday”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Went to Elvington village for the Remembrance service at the French Memorial close to the museum, where I went after the service. The museum is in a great location, with plenty of space for exhibits. They have an adjacent runway, so flying in new exhibits, is practical. They have an excellent "Naafi" restaurant and well stocked shop. The aircraft under cover are in great condition, some out in the open look a little tired except for the Victor, and Nimrod. The Dakota also looking good and carried engine runs, so this was a highlight of my visit. Being a Mossie fan Tony Agar's NFII is looking wonderful, an amazing restoration, as is the Halifax. A great day out.

Visited November 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Lots to see”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

There was a large and varied collection of aircraft, some of these it was possible to sit in the cockpits if you're flexible enough to get into them. The museum gave an authentic idea of what a pilot's life was like, particularly during the second world war. Very thought provoking.

Visited November 2013
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