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Allow a lot of time, very interesting detail, and end with a classic original Irish Coffee

Amazing detail of the stopping point for flying boats crossing the Atlantic in the dangerous times... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Small but very interesting museum

Been here three times now in the last 15 years and it continues to get better. It’s not a big... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
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The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum excitingly captures the story of how Foynes became one of the great aviation hubs of the world between 1937-1945. Walk in the footsteps of JFK, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt & many other dignitaries, movie...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Main Street, Foynes, Ireland
+353 69 65416
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

Amazing detail of the stopping point for flying boats crossing the Atlantic in the dangerous times of early flight, and during WW2. Amazing to see the space and comfort on the full size replica. A lot to see, including up to the tower (lift available)...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Been here three times now in the last 15 years and it continues to get better. It’s not a big museum but it is very interesting and very informative. If you’re in the area or driving along that part of the coast then well worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

We arrived without an appointment & we were allowed to do the tour ourselves by the very pleasant & helpful Martina. The seaplane terminal at Foynes dates back to the pre 1940s & we did not have any great expectations other than a curiosity. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

This was a tour included by our travel agent on our trip to Ireland. Wasn’t really interested in it and didn’t know what a flying boat was. Well,,, so happy we went to see it!! Beautiful drive along the Shannon river and the museum opened...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ruthsF2172WG
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The tour of the flying boat museum was fascinating. The tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. The actual tour of the flying boat was the highlight of the tour. The honeymoon suite was particularly interesting considering the risks os transatlantic flights.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

We visited the Foynes Seaplane Museum in 2004 and 2006, when it was pretty much a small "backwater" aviation museum with basic photos, memorabilia, and souvenirs. Went there last month, and it's dramatically expanded in size and depth, and includes access to the old control...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JimandBecky360
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We've always wanted to see the inside of a flying boat and this replica is amazing. Lots of detail and you can visit all over. Lots of really interesting articles and a an amazing guided tour (including how to make Irish Coffee - delish. Attached...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shina W
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

At first I thought the entrance fee of €12 Was a bit expensive but having spent 3 hours wandering around all aspects of the museum it did not disappoint. Very interesting and informative! I would highly reccomend to anyone in the area

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Galwaygirl1504
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

The flying boat museum has always been on our radar ( sorry for pun!) We were not disappointed. Staff were lovely, from the cafe, the souvenir shop( charming woman) and the museum itself was great , fun, informative and using multiple medium to inform us...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

This museum is well worth a stop. The introductory film sets the scene and the artefacts inside bring it all to life. What an adventure it must have been to travel in one of these!

Date of experience: September 2018
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It looks like others have answered this question, I will skip looking it up on their wedsite.
February 25, 2017|
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Museum is closed at present and will reopen March 11th next.
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Hello, We are planning to visit Ireland in March end and 1st week of April. We have appx. 10/11 days. I am planning as follows ... we would rent a car from Dublin to Dublin. Please advise. Days Date 1 27-Mar Arrive 2 28-Mar Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Museum 3 29-Mar Boyne Valley Neolithic Tombs & Donegal Castle (Donegal) 4 30-Mar Slieve League Sea Cliffs & Glengesh Pass(Donegal) 5 31-Mar Belleek Pottery Factory & Museum of Country Life (Galway) 6 01-Apr...More
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Day nine, doable but a little ambitious.
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We have 8 days in Ireland and following a 21 hr flight from Perth Australia will base ourselves in Dublin for the first 3 days. Thinking perhaps the first half day then day 2 in Dublin and then maybe catch the train to Belfast (return) for the next day. From there we might hire a car & drive to Cobh via Youghal. We have heard Mizen Head is worth a visit but it seems a bit of a hike out to the peninsula, how long would this take us? Then on to Killarney for the next two nights, & do...More
October 13, 2017|
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I would cut Belfast from your itinerary; everything else you want to see is South. To drive from Belfast to Youghal is 5 hours min without even stopping for lunch. That might as well take up a whole day. I'd advise you stick to a southern route.
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Is there any public transportation, or perhaps a bus tour, that goes from Limerick to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum? Thank you.
February 18, 2014|
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