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“Intresting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of East Midlands Aeropark

East Midlands Aeropark
Hill Top, Castle Donington. | Derbyshire, Derby DE74 2PR, England
+44 1332 850463
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Ranked #9 of 18 Attractions in Derby
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Aeropark is both an aviation museum and a viewing area where you can study the preserved planes of yesteryear or watch the modern airliners of today taking-off and landing at a growing international passenger and cargo airport. Within the Aeropark there is a viewing mound where the top of the viewing mound is just 170 meters north of the main east/west runway of the airport. The Aeropark at East Midlands Airport is located in the north-west corner of the Airport site close to the village of Castle Donington. It is well signposted from the Airport's main entrance.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Firstly I must say I am not really a plane fan,but went with friends and I actually found it interesting. Lots to see and do and nice gift shop and cafe there. Better on a sunny day and nice pic nic area also.

Visited August 2012
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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“2 boys + lots of planes = :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I have taken my two boys here on many occasions, often in failing inspiration when they got bored.
What more could you want really - loads of planes that the kids can get close to. East Mids Airport just the other side of a chainlink fence. Watching my kids exitement watching yet another plane roar off into the sky.
Take a packed lunch and a flask, Nearby Castle Donnington is a bit pricey.

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“Budget day out for families with plane-mad kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

A windswept field featuring a few old planes might not be everyone's idea of fun but if you have plane-made kids, this can keep you (and them) occupied for hours. On display are Vulcan, Nimrod, Vampire, Lightning and other craft plus a SeaKing helicopter and lots more. Whether you have access on to any of them depends on the number of VOLUNTEER staff on duty (go on the 'open cockpit' or 'air ambulance' days if you want to make sure you see inside a plane or two). Many of the craft are currently being restored and if the person restoring them is around that day they will often talk you through the aircraft's history or let you have a peek inside. The bizarre-looking Armstrong Whitworth A.W.660 Argosy 101 is usually open and there are seats inside and a video to watch. Plenty of information panels give you details of the planes you see and you can usually walk right up to the planes and often marvel at how huge they are!

There is a mound with picnic tables overlooking East Midlands Airport's runway so you can see planes take off and land (take a picnic). The mound is next to the perimeter fence and the airport's security guards and fire truck regularly drive past on their rounds and will often wave at young kids!

There is a hanger with a few displays and a cafe selling a limited and cheap range of teas, coffees, ice creams and sweets but not any 'proper' food as such so take your own!

The entrance fee is minimal - I think it's £3 for adults and £1 for children - so this makes it a budget day out but is best for families who can make their own fun and can find the fascinating in everyday or historical objects. You don't need to know much about planes to enjoy a day out here, just wrap up warm and enjoy!

Visited August 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

East Mids Aeropark. I found it very interesting with many displays. a pleasant place for a visit. A must for aeroplane entheusiasts.

Visited September 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Planes a bit old now that are there but the nimrod is a good addition! interesting for kids, just wish there was a cafe there or something! loads of people go up there to watch planes now you cant see them in the airport, so a cafe would be a great idea!

Visited June 2012
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