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“Good museum - pity about the outdoor exhibits”

Yorkshire Air Museum
Ranked #13 of 209 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial is located on the outskirts of the City of York within easy reach of the City centre. The Museum welcomes family visitors, with lots of things to keep everyone in the family entertained. We are also pet friendly, so you won't need to leave your four legged part of the family home alone. Authentically based on an original World War II Bomber Command Station, this unique history museum is filled with a great combination of original buildings to explore, including the restored Control Tower and more than forty aircraft exhibits, from early aviation biplanes to our unique Halifax Bomber "Friday The 13th" all the way to modern Cold War military jets such as the Victor, Nimrod and Tornado jet fighters. Our regular Thunder Days are always popular as a great family day out and our NAAFI cafe has a range of snacks, drinks and meals for everyone. Our guides are on hand to help you explore the museum. They are all volunteers and love to read your reviews!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Really enjoyed visiting Elvington - so much to see and take in on one afternoon so will have to make a return visit sometime. Enjoyed the visit but a lot of the outdoor static aircraft are in need of tlc - it's a great shame to see them looking forlorn and uncared for. For this reason can only give a very good mark as opposed to excellent..

Thank fife2016
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"second world war"
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"aviation history"
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"raf base"
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"memorial garden"
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"handley page"
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"main hangar"
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"flight simulator"
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"on display"
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"well worth a visit"
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"run by volunteers"
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

First visit with two young kids in tow and it was a great day out, planes well maintained, well set out and enough information on each one to keep kids and grown-ups entertained. Significant parts of british history maintained and presented with honest reflection on the horrors from world war II - BOTH axis and allied.

It was very disappointing though that a significant number of videos/interactive exhibits were broken when we visited - the dvd didnt work in the memorial room, the gunner exhibit was off, the buttons in the history of flight and dam-busters sections did nothing.

A very interesting museum and an enjoyable day out but to have so many things not working means I cannot rate them any higher. If your considering going hopefully they'll have fixed things!

1  Thank DrJonny
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Paula S, Manager at Yorkshire Air Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2012

I have taken your comments on board and cascaded them to the Maintenance Supervisor and his team.

I am glad that you note the fact that we work hard to preserve historical artefacts, aircraft and the historical grounds and building on which the Museum is situated, this is no easy task given the size of the site.

If/when you plan your next visit, please contact me via the contact page on our main website

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

I have visited Aircraft Museums before and like looking round the displays. They normally group the aircraft into Hangars, with a few parked outside. The Yorkshire Air Museum does have those exhibits, but RAF Elvington to give its correct title is also preserved in its 2nd world war role of a heavy bomber base. As soon as you get out of the car, you are stepping back in time. You can learn about the bases history as you wander around the Bomber Squadrons Head Quarters, or visit the French Officers living quarters. The Control Tower is the only one in existence set out exactly as it was in the war, complete with sights and sounds. You can even watch war time film in the Astra Cinema or take Tea innthe airmans NAAFI. If you like Air Museums, then this ones unique and a must visit. We were lost for a couple of hours. Thoroughly enjoyable.
John & Rose. Wolverhampton

1  Thank John E
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

brilliant day for my family weather was good too as everything is almost outside.my son an aeroplane enthusiast found it most enjoyable as did we.

Thank Yvonne C
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

I took my you children to see the aeroplanes, they were generally amazed. - as soon as you pull into the gates there is a spitfire and hurricane to see.
the entry fee qwas only £8 for adults, my kids were free.
there are lots of planes to see some outside some in huge hangers. the halifax bomber is worth the admin fee on it's own.
we enjoyed going on the dakota to see what it was like inside - try asking the children to compare it to the nice comfy plane that takes them on holiday!
there are a lot of displays throught the place to see and the memorial garden is very moving.
the kids could also try out the cockpits of two other planes. maybe my only negative point is that there are not more planes to be able to go onboard.
the big wide open spaces were good for them run around are good too unlike an enclosed suffy musem were you feel you have to keep quiet.
overall well worth the visit will come back again someday in the none too distant future

Thank richyp1974
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