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“Value for money day out.....”

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ilchester
Certificate of Excellence
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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 August 20, 2014 via mobile

Took my two boys here for a day out and spent a great few hours here. Entrance fee was fine as they do a 1 adult and 2 kids option and with the chance to do a gift aid to get "free annual membership" it was worth very penny. There is plenty to see and do for all ages and the carrier experience is really well presented. Was not too crowded so ample chance to get up close and spend time looking at all the exhibits which kept the kids occupied. Only downside was a small number of the interactive exhibits were not working which meant the boys had less to do, but overall three thumbs up from three happy chaps!

Thank mpeaton99
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

There is plenty to occupy an aviation enthusiast or someone who has more than a passing interest in planes, or the Royal Navy. However, there is something slightly disappointing about the museum. It has a fantastic collection, but does not display it to its best advantage.
The major issue for us was that the cold war era planes were all stored in the dark on the slightly gimmicky flight deck of 'The Carrier Experience'. Now, this part of the museum is well thought out and is a welcome diversion from row upon row of static planes. However, it lacks something in the execution. The flight deck part of it is dark and gloomy, with no interpretation boards for the planes. So if you're looking to see planes like the Sea Vixen or the Phantom, you don't really get to see them properly. Nor are they really part of the display in that part of the 'experience'. They're just there. Which is a shame.
The 'island' part of the Carrier Experience is well done - you genuinely feel like you're exploring the Ark Royal and there is a lot of detail - but would be better without the bizarre mannequins at every turn.
We were also a little dismayed by the section advertising the new British aircraft carriers, which seemed to be more about corporate marketing than providing information.
The other issue we had was that there were parts of the museum we didn't really understand. One section was just a collection of old cameras, with no real explanation. Other sections were okay, but not really presented in context. For someone who did not really know anything about the Fleet Air Arm, or its history, it would be quite difficult to piece together a clear timeline, or to pick out the key events.
We enjoyed the visit and spent over 4 hours there. But it could be so much more.
One very big plus was the cafe where we had delicious coffee and cake at the end of our visit.

Thank Rebecca B
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Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Went during summer hols. Surprisingly quiet. There is also a Concorde on display which you can enter and walk through. Couple of adults that lack social skills. Overall pleasant experience. 50% discount if you arrive 90 mins before closing. Sign upto donate via gift aid, same price just need to declare you are a British taxpayer and you get a re-entry for free for all the tickets purchased on the day. The re-entry is for 1 whole yr!

Thank sam3754
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

The leaflet says to take 4 hours here and we more or less did that. My favourite part was the Aircraft Carrier, based on Ark Royal. Genius bit of arranging the hall number 3 to look like an aircraft carrier, right down to boarding the helicopter (flight simulator) and playing a big screen film of a jet landing on the carrier at one end and another taking off from the catapult at the other end. Another highlight was boarding the 02 Concorde. Lots of photo opportunities all around. Different eras of air combat from basic design to current and I believe they are trying to purchase new planes for their museum. Lovely cafe to eat indoors and out with a little assault course for the little ones to play on including a heltar skeltar. Lots of reading and learning to do here.

Thank JAMel2013
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

excellent museum.very interesting and great to be able to view and board Concorde. Only criticism the wheelchairs were very poor breaks did not work and foot rest did not adjust.

Thank Margaret S
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