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“Hidden Gem”

Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Foynes
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Owner description: Museum chronicling the history of trans-Atlantic airplane travel.
Limerick, Ireland
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2011

A real hidden treasure nestled in the quaint village of Foynes.
Cosy atmosphere with an excellent menu.
The prices also are very, very generous.

Visited October 2011
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Hamilton, Texas
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“Foynes is a lovely town- the Flying Museum serves great Irish coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

The Foynes Flying Boat Museum, in Foynes, is a must for any aviator, aircraft enthusiast or historian. It has the best collection of flying boat memorabilial I've ever seen. And it is claimed that "Irish Coffee" was invented right here, when it was served to weary, wet US travelers landing on the Shannon Estuary at the Irish termimus of the Flying Boat line.
But don't just visit the museum. The little village is quaint and worth walking around. After that, take a drive West on the N69 for stunning views of the Shannon with its marine traffic, and pass the Knight of Glin's estate. If your plans permit, take the road all the way to Tarbert and ride the car ferry across the Shannon to Killimer. From there you can head up the entire west side of Ireland. We usually spend the night in Askeaton, where there are great ruins of 10th century castles, abbeys, Knights Templar church, 17th century mills and even one of the few "Hell Fire Clubs" from the 1740s. From there it is a pleasant day's drive to Tarbert, while stopping for several hours at the Foynes Boat Museum for lunch and a few coffees !! From Limerick, take the N69 south and then west along the Shannon River Estuary.

Visited October 2010
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Limerick, Ireland
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“A delightfully spent two hours!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

I've been wanting to visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum for some time and am glad I finally did! Well-presented, interesting, and informative exhibits but the crown jewel is the replica of the Yankee Clipper flying boat which can be explored to one's heart's content. There is an on-site gift shop as well as a coffee shop. My husband and I had a nice lunch which was delicious and filling and the price was more than right. I'd definitely recommend a visit to both the Flying Boat Museum. If you have some extra time to explore after visiting the museum, the little village of Foynes itself is architecturally picturesque and there are some nice views of the Shannon Estuary, as well.

Visited August 2011
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Tralee, Ireland
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“We loved the museum - it's a real treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

We visited the museum with our three teenage daughters and absolutely loved it. Yes, it's small as museums go - but we loved going back in time to an era that always seemed to have so much more mystery and glamour than the present day!

The introductory film which runs every twenty minutes or so, put's you right in the mood and gives you a good introduction to the museum experience.

We enjoyed all of the exhibits - particularly the life size replica model of a flying boat, where you can board and wander through, which gives you a real sense of what travel must have been like in the earlier years of transatlantic travel.

Visited July 2011
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Suffolk England
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“Small Museum, far too expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2011

We travelled some distance to see the museum. Its widely promoted in Ireland and the leaflet refers to "the original terminal building" and "Re-instated Control Tower" It is possible what is on display is these things, my query didn't get an especially clear reply. Some problem with access was mentioned. We enjoyed what we saw but €9 is far too expensive.

Visited July 2011
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