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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

Hanger 1 South | Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury SP4 6DZ, England
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Whether you're a serious aviation enthusiast or a kid who wants to sit in fast jet cockpits, this...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Whether you're a serious aviation enthusiast or a kid who wants to sit in fast jet cockpits, this is for you! Please note - We are at Old Sarum Airfield - NOT at the Boscombe Down airfield.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum is a precious treasure chest. A time machine, even. You can hop from cockpit to cockpit through WW1 to date and even through individual marks of aircraft and get the pilot's eye view of aircraft evolution from historical and manufacturer's perspectives. Unique. There's enough here to keep the dedicated aviation enthusiast (better if you've flying knowledge too so... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Normally, at most aviation museums, you are not allowed to touch the exhibits? The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at old Sarum is obviously very different on that score. Not only that, but you can actually sit in the cockpits of at least 17 different aircraft. Which makes this collection utterly unique and in that aspect and I had the most... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting museum with a totally hands on experience. The shop staff are very friendly and helpful as are the guides. When you get down into the hanger the guides welcome you and explain a few things but do hover around you. However they often stop and chat. As one person said to me, we learn as... More 

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Hook Norton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Despite my husband's father having been at Boscombe Down carrying out very interesting development the people in the museum were not at all interested and totally ignored us when we said we were intending to return the following da. Surprisingly we didn't bother!

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DavidBDAC, Public Relations Manager at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, responded to this review

We are very sorry that you were so disappointed with the reception you received when you visited us, and we share your disappointment. We would like to learn from this event and it would help us a great deal if you could tell us when you visited. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Just paid a first visit to this museum. I have been all over the world, but never have I seen such a collection of hands on exhibits. Numerous real cockpits you can go in, many with some working switches and lights. Truly a paradise for well behaved children. Such friendly staff too. And a good cafe on the airfield a... More 

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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We take our cubs every year to the museum, not once have we been disappointed. As long as they stayed happy and enjoyed themselves we were happy. So many interesting things, it is worth a visit

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Went to the museum expecting to just look at some interesting aircraft. Boy was I in for a surprise! The staff, all the way from the very friendly lady in the reception to the ex pilots who had all the time in the world for you out with the planes. Further still, you are encouraged to jump into the cockpits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My friend and I had a fantastic day out to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. The staff were excellent with vast depths of knowledge and were able to tailor their talks to your level of understanding. I have been lucky enough to fly from MOD Boscombe Down and have been meaning to visit for a while however my friend was... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

If you're looking for a surprisingly interesting and hands-on experience of aircraft which children will enjoy, you have to visit the Boscombe Down aircraft collection. Hidden away in two unassuming old hangars at Old Sarum airfield near Salisbury, the collection comprises a number of complete aircraft (including a Sea Harrier and Hawker Hunter), as well as a number of restored... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went on a trip to Stonehenge and I wanted to make the most of the trip over to Wiltshire and spotted this on Tripadvisor. It was well with the visit and the boys and I spent a great couple of hours crawling into fighter cockpits. They had some impressive machines there, my favourite being a sea harrier that saw... More 

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