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“Hard to beat”

Yorkshire Air Museum
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #11 of 207 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: Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

You really owe it to yourself and your kids, no matter how poor their attention span is to force them to hold still and soak up a little history. Do it before it is too late and it is not there any more. Those that have commented that this place was lacking in some way just should stay home. They obviously did not make the effort to realize the reality of it all. I am a viet nam era vet and what occured and the brave souls that preserved your lives mudt not and should not ever be forgotten. They do not teach this in school. Get with it, get off your duff and dime and support this for our future.

Thank Marc G
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

I have visited numerous air museums and this one must rate high in the list. A private collection on a world war 2 bomber airfield. There is a large collecion of original and replica aircraft, ranging from the first days of flight to modern day jets. There are various exhibits displayed in nissen huts,and the original control tower has been restored. All in all a very good way to spend 3 - 4hours. The only area not accessible to wheelchairs is the upper level in the control tower.

Thank achan34
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

This fabulous jewel of a museum has so much to commend it. The archive and documentary material is there in spades, almost too much to take in. The artefacts and ephemera are everywhere yet beautifully organised in a very 1940's way. The whole feel of the facility is that of a working 2nd World War airfield complete with NAAFI, control tower, vehicles and personnel in uniform. It ere ally transports you back into living recent history, especially in the hangars where arrays of monstrous bombers, fighter planes and massive old bombs stand witness to our various air defences and armaments over the last few decades. There is so much here to see and to absorb, gun turrets, eye witness accounts and flight log books from missions, tales and debris, photographs and tales of ditching, crashes, limping home after raids, stunning acts of heroism and derring-do and all the hardware and uniforms, the nissen huts and the music to sweep you back in time and relive the era. There are special displays regularly and various events staged here but any day is a good day to visit. To get the most from this venue spend a few hours to soak up all it has to offer and if possible have a meal in the NAAFI restaurant too. There is so much dense written information in each area alongside the exhibits that a quieter time of the week allows you to appreciate better. A mix of thrills, wonder and sober reflection perhaps mixed with awe at the bravery and intrepid spirit of the airmen and women will be the legacy of your visit here. Be prepared, the time will fly!

Thank Quixote2001
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Came here for an Afternoon, you only need a couple of hours here to see it all. There are aircraft to see in the gardens and in hangars. One aircraft you can go inside :) a lot of original war paraphernalia to see, was very fascinating. we had tea and cake in the restaurant outside surrounded by the air base with a tanoy playing war time music ! Was truly fab here.

Thank VictoriaP P
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This museum has now built up to an impressive level. As a wartime veteran, and a later military aircraft tester, I am astonished by the new exhibits each time I go. The collection is varied and awesome; the buildings take me straight back to the 1940's - the atmosphere is perfect. My grandsons were impressed, but for me it was pure nostalgia. Highly recommended if WW2 is/was your thing!

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