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Solent Sky Museum

Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
+44 23 8063 5830
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My husband and I spent two interesting and informative hours at Solent Sky. The displays are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Hidden Gem, that nobody seems to go to

The museum is a worthwhile visit, with good varity of planes, but clearly running on a tight budget.

Reviewed 5 days ago
andrew l
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the surrounding Solent area.Geographically this was the most important area in the country, perhaps the world, for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late 1960s. 26 aircraft companies set up shop in the area, and many of the world’s greatest aircraft, including the legendary Spitfire, first took to the air in the skies over Southampton.We have 18 complete airframes, including a Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S6a (N248), and also 4 cockpit sections. We also have a comprehensive collection of aero-engines.Our mighty Sandringham Flying Boat was originally built as a Short Sunderland in 1943, and converted to a passenger aircraft after the war. Visitors are welcome to board the aircraft to sample the luxury of air travel in the romantic era of the great flying boats, and guided tours of the flight deck are also available.Kids (and big kids) can also imagine what it would be like to fly a jet fighter while sat in the cockpits of our Supermarine Swift and Harrier Jump Jet. Our new Schneider Trophy Exhibition is now open, with its record-breaking centrepiece the S6a. Video stock footage of these legendary races and artefacts from the time illustrate the drama and romance of the fastest race in history.
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Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
+44 23 8063 5830
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I spent two interesting and informative hours at Solent Sky. The displays are numerous. The aircraft are the real thing; no mock ups here! Most of all, the knowledgable volunteers working there could not have been more helpful or friendly. We highly...More

Thank 125JanS
Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is a worthwhile visit, with good varity of planes, but clearly running on a tight budget.

Thank andrew l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this museum has some interesting exhibits including a Sandringham fly boat, definitely worth a visit for anyone aviation minded

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive collection of aircraft and aviation, most of which were made within 100 miles of Southampton. The guides are very knowledgeable and helpful

Thank Graham M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely staff here and having lived near but never visited, it was rather interesting and is rather impressive how much has been fit into what is a fairly small space! Not sure if I would visit again simply due to there being nothing new; imagine...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The strength of this museum is the focus on the pilots and designers who pushed the envelope up to the creation of the Spitfire. Top floor has a local police and fire exhibit. If I had it to do over again, I would have started...More

1  Thank Bryan R
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Great for kids and 'Big' kids ! Loads of interesting and detailed exhibits - well worth a visit ! The Schneider trophy plane top's the bill !

Thank Cymru1962
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Amazing collection of old aircraft and helicopters, the highlight of which is the enormous Shorts Sunderland flying boat which you can go inside. In general there are plenty of information boards next to each exhibit to explain their origin, purpose, etc, although sometimes there are...More

1  Thank David H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We found this little museum on the internet and went along to see. It was a very well spent hour and a half, looking at how the aero industry began and continued in Southampton, even during the second world war. There were some great Aeroplanes...More

Thank Tina T
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum because of a booklet we picked up at our hotel. Not knowing what to expect we were pleasantly surprised. There are very interesting planes to observe. There is a police/fire Museum area on the third floor which was packed with historic...More

Thank Carole M
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Response from trixytrev | Reviewed this property |
Yes if your early right outside. Or ocean village just across the road