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Fleet Air Arm Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ilchester
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Fleet Air Arm Museum will thrill the whole family. Get up close and personal with Europe's largest collection of Naval aircraft and see the first British Concorde.You'll 'Fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing. Witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side into the sea. There's even a nuclear bomb.Situated alongside RNAS Yeovilton, you may also see aircraft flying in and out.Visit The Fleet Air Arm Museum. The thrill is being there. Opening hours 10:00 am to 4.30pm November until March and 10:00am to 5.30pm April to October.
Reviewed April 29, 2014

Great place, roomy, great attractions, Carrier experience fantastic. Very well laid out, thought out and presented. A must see.

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stopped off here on our way to Somerset, and had a very nice time. It was unbelievably empty, with some great volunteers very keen to impart their own experiences and knowledge of the planes on display. As its a Naval Flight museum that was the main focus of the exhibition, with lots of military planes, a quick run through of how flight started and some very unusual planes. One big section is a tour "through" Ark Royal, with a fun helicopter ride simulation, then you're on the main deck and there's an audiovisual display of a take off and landing, which is very noisy and quite realistic (I imagine!!). Then you tour through the Island, the control centre, the behind the scenes bits..all very interesting, maybe a little dated in places. The final hall has Concorde in it, a prototype model with lots of equipment in it but it gives a very good idea of how small it was inside. A flight simulator, and some other more modern planes finish the tour.
There are trails and quizes to help the kids around, and as it was Easter our 7 year old got a chocolate aeroplane for complting the Easter Egg trail which he was very happy with.
There's an onsite cafe which served a wide range of hot dishes and usual sandwiches, cakes etc. Reasonably priced, clean and efficient.
Overall, well worth a visit.

Thank Onceawaitress
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Visiting the area for the first time I thought that this attraction would appeal to the whole family, and it did, though husband and I could easily have stretched it to the whole day but our eight year old twins do not quite have the attention span! The museum is bigger than I had anticipated, and I didn't expect the extras like the tour of the carrier deck to be as good as they were. The children loved the interactive bits and that you could go into Concord(almost as much as we did!) our local air museum is Cosford, which is great but here you seem closer to the planes, and there are other related things going on too. We had morning coffee and snack lunch at the cafe, pleasant with good choice, even some gluten free cake for me. The gift shop had a good range from reasonable to not at all reasonably priced stuff, so children came away with small gift, and therefore happy. Really enjoyed our visit and if we return to the area, which hopefully we will, shall be back!

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Dropped in here as we had some time to waste, ended up staying for over 3 hours.
Aircraft here from all eras including some Falklands veterans. Walking through Concorde was great. A lot smaller inside than I thought it would be. The aircraft carrier experience was fun. The ticket you buy lasts for a whole year so great for those living nearby.

Thank klingoneddie
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

Visited for the model show in February. Had a fantastic day, so much to see & do. The carrier deck is really excellent.

Will go back again later in the year.

Thank Dee G
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