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“Wonderful little museum for aviation enthusiast.”

Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre tells the story of Pembroke Dock's unique history and its long connections with flying boats from biplanes to Sunderlands.* Displays, stories, models, medals, uniforms* Long service career of Sunderland and its various marks* Pembroke Dock in wartime - the largest flying boat station in the world* Other flying boats including the Catalina and civil variants* Dedicated Workshop Team conserving parts of a unique wartime survivor* Telling the story of Sunderland Flying Boat, serial number T9044
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Leavening, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful little museum for aviation enthusiast.”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

Being very interested in WW2 aviation and Coastal Command the Centre was a magnet for me. Especially as the trust exists to recover a Sunderland seaplane from the bottom of Pembroke Dock! Their website contained all the relevant travel info. The centre is split over two sites a few hundred yards apart: the workshop & the museum. Firstly I must say that the recovery job is in its early stages. The main exhibit is one of the engines. In the small workshop there were historical displays and models galore. The kids enjoyed the touch screen display. Two volunteers cheerfully engaged with all the family wether it was my nurd level questions or my kids simpler ones. The museum close by has an overview of PD's aviation history and a big screen runs related DVDs. There's a display of aviation art and old naval photos of ships connected with the Dock. There was also a surprisingly good cafe.

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Manchester
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3 reviews
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“Trip 4th August”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Met John the curator, very knowlegeable and very friendly.
Excellent place to visit. Well worth a look in!

The Dixon Family

Visited August 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“if only all museums were run by real enthusiasts!”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

We had a great time at this visitor centre, even though they were in the process of moving to a new site. The exhibition was fascinating and the 4 volunteers present were so interesting to chat to. Anyone with any interest at all in WWII history, especially aviation, will enjoy it.

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Oodles of info, free for all”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

This place is WELL off the beaten track, and is not as well publicised as it could be. The entry is free, but it does contain a wealth of information on the flying boats, and donations are appreciated. It is run by a friendly band of volunteers who also work on the restoration of the 'boats'. Check the opening times before going as you may struggle to find much to do in the local area if it is closed. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in WWII history.

Visited September 2011
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“A worthwhile project”
Reviewed May 4, 2012

We came across the Flying Boat Visitor Centre purely by chance and, what a piece of luck, it was an amazing experience. Although it is currently housed in a small building, the place is packed with information and wonderful photographs. Cheerful banter was coming from the workshop where we found three volunteers restoring an engine. They soon stopped work and eagerly explained what was happening and what they hoped to achieve in the future. The volunteers are all so enthusiastic and friendly and never tired of answering questions. We spent more than an hour reading the informative wall boards and looking at the various exhibits - it was truly fascinating. The shop has many interesting books and a good range of souvenirs. The project is so worthwhile and it is good to know that people care enough about the flying boats that played such an important role in WW2 to give their time to restore and renovate the many related items that are donated to them. We will certainly be visiting them in their new home.

Visited April 2012
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