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“Well worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to kill”

Yorkshire Air Museum
Ranked #14 of 210 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 16 August 2014

First visit to this museum and being a WW2 junkie, I really enjoyed it. Very clean site and if you are interested in the history behind the World Wars and beyond, its a good place to go. There are 14 or so buildings ranging from hangers full of restored and part restored aircraft, to air traffic control towers and aircraft gun turret displays. There is also a cinema, which shows the importance of bomber command through WW2 and how many pilots and crew lives were lost and the fact that the dead have only recently been honored.
My only reservations are, that there are only three things that you can 'climb into'. There is a jet provost cockpit, a Canberra nose and a full DC3 with sound effects inside. I think kids may become quickly bored unless they have a 'guide' to talk them through things.
Nice to see a Lightning, Victor, Fairey Gannet, Halifax, Mosquito and a 109 amongst other things.
Im sure over the next few years the place will go from strength to strength.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

2nd time that we have visited and thought worth a review, took our two young ones 2 & 4 for the Thunder day and was great, the little ones cannot get enough of seeing the big planes. One of the main highlights for us was the fire engine, but with two Fireman Sam fan's that was always going to go down well.

There were large queues for food when we went, the first time we took a picnic and its a great place to just sit on the grass outside and have a bite to eat with lots of space.

1  Thank andymcm75
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

This was our second visit, which was on one of the few days a year when some of the aircraft have their engines running throughout the day, including jets and 2 WW1 bi-planes. A couple of them did short taxy runs as well. A great day out- the standard of this museum, run by knowledgeable volunteers is excellent, with many indoor displays. The Bomber Command exhibition, supported by the Imperial War Museum, is particularly good.

1  Thank LorraineSheffield
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

A simple and an ideal place to visit. Being first timers to see war planes, helicopters and ammunitions used during 1st and 2nd war it was really interesting to us.

Thank DSSingh
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Interesting few hours spent looking round, plenty of things to see and read about. Had a meal, good food and value for money, served well and the place clean. The volunteer at the control tower was very good with the Morse code, he spent time with the 7 year old to explain it, so top marks to him. All in all a good day out.

Thank Ian R
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