Army Flying Museum
Army Flying Museum
4.5
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We are one of the UK's leading museums for British military aviation history. Boasting 40 fixed wing and rotary aircraft on site, we have fascinating exhibits and a wonderful 'Apache Cafe' looking out over the busy Middle Wallop Army Air Corps airfield.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • James S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little trip with the little one exploring the history and fascinating world of army aviation!
    Turned up just before it was closing but we’re very welcoming. They kept the place open, gave an amazing personal guided tour that was so informative and interesting which complemented all the great aircraft, models and well-created scenes on display. All the staff were very kind to my 4 year old Daughter who also loved clambering about in the play area around the back! Well worth the visit!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Helen R
    Chinley, United Kingdom395 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting afternoon
    Interesting museum, but all felt a little dis-jointed. The initial displays went back and forth, with more hidden upstairs. Would have liked to see more on the evolution of the aircraft, but I suppose this was the Army flying museum, and not the history of the evolution of the helicopter! Loads of flash videos on the Apache. Fair few aircraft, but all but 2 behind barriers. Shame that you can't get closer to really see them. Cafe was interesting. I went for the breakfast bap, with bacon and egg....not realising that this would be on brioche! So wrong!!! Biggest problem though is the fact that this seems to have become a favourite biker haunt. I have little against bikers, but when they are fairly loudly f'ing every other word, regardless of the children about, and spreading out equipment over tables that they are not using, it makes the experience considerably less comfortable. Sort of felt a little tired, but that was possibly because we'd been to the tank museum the day before. As an example, aerial displays seemed somewhat caked in dust!. This one is certainly a poorer cousin, but our 11 year-old enjoyed, and we found the evolution of the AAC of interest....just makes me more frustrated that the individual armed forces simply cannot seem to cooperate.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Naw247
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wings and Wheels - a must do event
    I’ve visited the museum multiple times and it is worth the visit every time. This was our first visit to the Wings and Wheels event - it was superb, something for everyone, a diverse range of vehicles on display and aircraft, both static and flying in or past. Add this to your ‘must do’ list - you’ll not be disappointed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Chrissy S
    Andover, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family day out.
    Wow, what a great day. This was our first year to be able to attend the Wings and Wheels event, which was well attended with both exhibitors and families. Great stalls filled with lots of gift ideas as well as brownies, shortbread and other delicious stands. Parking was very well organised as was the event, and all the team were really helpful and friendly. The classic cars were abundant and a real pleasure to walk around and talk with the many owners about their Pride and joy. The fly pasts were a real treat and the many light aircraft that flew in to take part were parked up in a safe zone but easy to view. All in all we had a great day and thought it great value for money, especially with the years pass to the museum included for future use. We will definitely be booking for next years event and would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers and their team. Well done all.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Lorren S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wallop Wheels & Wings 2023
    We attended the Wallop Wheels and Wings fundraising event on 1st July 2023 and had a fantastic day out. There was so much on offer to entertain both the children and adults. As well as the fantastic display of aircraft, cars, and motorcycles, the children in our group enjoyed making an aeroplane at the crafting table, learning new skills in the circus area, playing laser tag, having their faces painted, burning some energy on the huge inflatables, medal making, pilot dress-up and getting to sit in some of the planes and helicopters. There was also some great market stalls, plenty of food and drink vans plus live music. Everyone working at the event was helpful and friendly and really made the children feel excited to be there. My 5 year old son has already asked me when we can go back! We will definitely be booking this event for next year.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Richard B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wallop Wheels and Wings
    This was a great day out and great value! There was a nice selection of cars on display and a fly past of a Spitfire, Hurricane & Lancaster Bomber, something you don't see very often! Nice kids play areas, one for little ones and one for the older ones and a nice selection of stalls to browse. Plenty of food stalls that were very reasonably prices. Look forward to coming back next year!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Cheekycockney190757
    Basildon, United Kingdom8,544 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum
    Visited on Saturday 14/01/23. First visit for my wife and my second since my visit with my parents in 1985. Ample free parking adjacent to the entrance. Combined entrance/shop that you pass through on your way in and way out. There is a cafe on the side which you can access independently of the museum, but you shouldn't access the museum through the internal door unless you have already purchased a museum entry ticket. The scope of the museum content is limited by the very nature of its remit in covering flying operations within the Army, which mainly consists of helicopters and small spotter planes. Was excited to re-see the Argentinan Puccaras that were displayed outside on the 1985 visit, but these have either been cut up or moved to other museums since.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Paul L
    Lintgen, Luxembourg291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolutely enjoyable visit
    Unfortunately, we arrived too late to take advantage of the 'Seniors Day' offer of complimentary Tea/Coffee as the Cafeteria closed at 3.30 pm, we opted to have a somewhat shortened tour of the museum as that also closed at 4.30pm. A really interesting exhibition and we were disappointed that we had insufficient time to digest everything that was on display. Certainly a must for a second and longer visit when we are again in that area of the UK
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • RichardW_33
    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit to learn the history of Army Flying
    We visited the museum based on a recommendation and interest in Army flying and were not disappointed! The museum has an excellent range of exhibits and information for anyone with even a passing interest in Aviation or military history. Taking you through the first Army observers, through to the most up to date information on the Apache. The museum uses the exhibits and artefacts to lead you through the history of Army flying, these include models, interactive displays and of course full size Helicopters, planes and engines. You come out of the museum with a much better appreciation of the history of Army flying and the many varied locations and theatres they have operated in from exploration, humanitarian, peace keeping and of course wartime through the years. We spent probably 3 hours or more at the museum and probably didn't see everything in the detail we would have liked. We also enjoyed the very good café on the site while we were there, which had a good range of refreshments available. The café gives you an excellent view of any operations going on at the Airfield, we enjoyed watching gliders while we were there at the weekend. Plenty of free parking on site and a great little gift shop with a good range of items available for sale. A great museum and well worth a visit
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Clive Watson
    Tatworth, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out at the flying display
    Excellent day out at the flying display, great display , great display of aircraft, helicopters and cars. Brilliant help by Ellie Bentley, Jamie Bentley and Katie (Tickets). Hope to come back next year.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 16, 2023
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Trevor H
Marlow, UK36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Since the new cafe manager took over the food quality is getting poor and the portion sizes smaller. The breakfast does not contain all the items it lists on the menu but they still charge the same price. Every time we go there is another item that they have run out of. The lady in the kitchen is constantly rude to her staff and not much better with the customers. It is a shame because this was a real gem when it was run properly.
Written January 4, 2020
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Louise0012233
Bath, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I was going to give it 4 stars but have been to Duxford, IWM (free in London), many other war museums in Asia (Thai Burma railway, Vietnam, Cambodia) and just thought that although this is good... it’s not great fun and is very ‘formal’ in the way it explains things. It is obviously a museum but it was very ‘museum like’.i thought that £38 for my family was a bit steep and they could do some great things to improve family visits and help learning.

My children enjoyed the stamping exercise and finding the code but all the simulators were broken and they were left disappointed.

The cafe was a mixed experience - my husband is allergic to eggs and on his £8.95 breakfast was not allowed to change his 2 eggs for -anything! I ordered poached eggs and they were by far the worst poached eggs I’ve ever eaten - they were fried in water and tasted like liquid slop. I thought the cafe was very expensive for poor quality food served by teenagers We had an amazing cooked breakfast at the Waitrose and Partners cafe for less money , more food, superb quality and great service!
Written February 22, 2020
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Jan147
United Kingdom124 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Very disappointing. Had booked but had to wait outside in a queue. Social distancing inside was none existent and no one seem bothered by 2 metres rule. No one inside museum as you went around to supervise any restrictions.

Too many people let in on timed booking!

Whilst a one way system was in operation it was cramped in some areas, poorly done and i could not get outside fast enough. I felt very uncomfortable and not covid safe.

Cafe was very mediocre £7 for a cheese and pickle sandwich and a half full coffee.

Had high expectations of museum but felt very poor overall, need to go and visit other military museums like RAF Hendon or Cosford to learn about displays, labeling and customer service.
Wanted to see more on Apache's and Wildcats but museum seemed stuck in past and not current service.

Had planned to re visit next day but didn't bother went elsewhere!

Sad and very disappointing wont be using my GA annual ticket again.
Written August 25, 2020
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Dear Jan, Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum and I am very sorry that your visit did not meet your expectations. I have spoken to our Curator regarding your comparison to the RAF museums and she is interested to follow up on your comments if you would be amenable. I fully acknowledge that over the last few days as the wet weather has rolled in that our operations have needed to be reviewed. We have now implemented 30 minute arrival times more regularly throughout the day to limit the numbers arriving on site at one time and we have also provided two pathways into the Museum to avoid the congestion in the first corridor. I can assure you that we take our Covid precautions very seriously with regular cleaning and monitoring of the Museum throughout the day and that our staff team have all been working extremely hard to ensure visitors feel comfortable in the Museum. If you would like to follow up on any of the above points, please do email me direct at chiefexecutive@armyflying.com With best wishes, Lucy Johnson – Chief Executive
Written August 25, 2020
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Cian W
Fareham, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Our Social Motorcycle club, which includes many active and former service personnel, thought it would be a nice day out to visit The Apache Café and Army Flying Museum last Sunday but were instead treated very poorly.

14 Riders attended this day out, which was intended to start with Breakfast in the Café before going into the museum. However, upon entering the Café were immediately told there were no breakfasts left, despite it still being quite early in the breakfast hours. The member of staff was abrupt and rude when speaking to the group and was very dismissive of any idea of providing something or suggestions to bring lunch forward to meet the demand presented. There were clearly eggs available as at least 2 catering-size trays were clearly visible so something could have been made.

Attempting to notify management in the museum about the incident got nowhere as it turned out that the person who had been so rude to the group was in fact the day manager. Despite this, the group tried to provide feedback using the feedback forms provided at the venue, only to have these torn up and thrown in the bin by this day manager. One of our group spoke to someone who identified themselves as a "warden" but instead of listening to what was being said, instead decided to scold the group for being rude to the manager, even though it was the other way around!

Needless to say that the group decided against touring the museum and the museum lost out on £196 of entry fees plus any future visits from any of the hundreds of other members of the Social riding club.

If just a little effort, or even consideration, had been made in the Café, then the group would have stayed, and this review may have been very different. But this terrible level of customer service has tarnished the opinions of those whom attended, as it will those who listen to the story being told or read this review. If this behaviour is supported by the board then shame on you.
Written June 28, 2022
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PaulTap
Falmouth, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Having not been here for many years and I was in the area, I simply had to go in to see what it is like these days. Wow!! Absolutely superb displays of aircraft and so educational. An absolute must for everyone! Regardless if you have an interest in military aircraft, you leave the museum feeling inspired and moved by the wonderful stories that are told here. So a well deserved break in the cafe was needed. Amazing friendly cafe staff there, catering for all our needs and went above and beyond to help us out. Really well made food at very reasonable prices. This made our visit a truly special experience. And we left with full bellies and a big smile on our faces. Already looking forward to visiting again. Very well done to everyone there!!
Written February 18, 2020
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Keith D
Salisbury, UK331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We went with two friends for the first time and had a really great time, learned a lot and certainly developed a healthy respect for those brave souls involved in the birth of army flying! A great day was tarnished by the following.
Two criticisms - 1. the cafe is poor. We ordered 2 types of pasties ,a vegan burger and an omelette. Only the chips were decent and edible. The pasties were microwaved within an inch of their lives and horrible. The burger was horrible and the omelette tasted of egg powder. At about £10 a head this is unacceptable (also no diet drinks in the fridge).
2. The post code given on the website takes you to the middle of Stockbridge, miles from the museum. We phoned and queried why we were lost and were told 'lots of people say that' .This is the army - sort it out please!!!
Written July 26, 2022
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Ben
United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Tucked at the end of Stockbridge’s Army Barracks is this splendid little museum. I was in the area visiting my Brother and we endeavoured to visit as many historical sites as possible.

Noting the signs advertising the museum, we booked in and arrived on a sodden Sunday morning. However, once inside, any concern for the weather soon abated as we became engrossed in the story of Army Aviation.

From learning of the Royal Engineers primitive experiments with balloons and working with the eccentric Samuel Cody (who I now wish to learn even more about), up to the deployment of the deadly and awesome AH-64 Apache, I can safely say that this has become one of my favourite museums.

The few exhibits are well kept and some are even presented in well made displays. I think that the Auster AOP May be one of my favourite aeroplanes now. Most of the information is written down and presents very in depth details of the situation at hand.

I cannot recommend this deceptively small museum enough. Though it says most people spend 1-2 hours here, we were here for over 3!
Written October 5, 2020
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Chrissy S
Andover, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Wow, what a great day.

This was our first year to be able to attend the Wings and Wheels event, which was well attended with both exhibitors and families.

Great stalls filled with lots of gift ideas as well as brownies, shortbread and other delicious stands.

Parking was very well organised as was the event, and all the team were really helpful and friendly.

The classic cars were abundant and a real pleasure to walk around and talk with the many owners about their Pride and joy. The fly pasts were a real treat and the many light aircraft that flew in to take part were parked up in a safe zone but easy to view.

All in all we had a great day and thought it great value for money, especially with the years pass to the museum included for future use. We will definitely be booking for next years event and would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers and their team. Well done all.
Written July 4, 2023
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Pip
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
What a gem of a mueseum with well thought out displays featuring a combination of wow factor aircraft plus military hardware and personal storys of the people who served with all armed forces based at Middle Wollop and nearby airfields over a timespan that covers man carrying kites to Apache helicopters.
Many of the exhibits were a complete surprise and i thought id seen everything aeronautical , but a flying jeep really !!!!!
Lots of interactive exhibits for kids big and small and a nice cafe with a great view over an active airfield.
Ive been to many similar mueseums but this one punches above its weight and given its size holds its own against such giants as Duxford ,Yeovilton and Bovington for informative exhibits and visitor satisfaction.
As the price includes visiting for a year we will definitely make a return trip to soak up some more history and cheesy chips.
Written February 20, 2022
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Nojh007
Salisbury, UK32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Spend about 90 minutes looking around and it was very informative and educational but not very exciting. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed my visit but not sure the annual pass I got for gift aiding my entry money will get used again.

I did learn things about the history but there could have been more about the mechanics of how helicopters work, one static display did not convey the magical engineering of a rotor head!

As a 60 year old child I would have liked more than one very dilapidated helicopter to sit in and experience.

Worth a visit but do the Tank Museum first if you,are in the area.
Written February 12, 2020
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