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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

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Address: | Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury SP4 6DZ, England
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+44 1722 323636
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Whether you're a serious aviation enthusiast or a kid who wants to sit in...

Whether you're a serious aviation enthusiast or a kid who wants to sit in fast jet cockpits, this is for you! Please note - We are at Old Sarum Airfield - NOT at the Boscombe Down airfield.

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First class museum

This is a great venue with lots of interaction. Unlike other museums this one actively encourages you to touch buttons and sit in the jets and cockpits to have go. The kids... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Calne, United Kingdom
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Calne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great venue with lots of interaction. Unlike other museums this one actively encourages you to touch buttons and sit in the jets and cockpits to have go. The kids loved the computer landing simulator and the motion sim as well. The staff are very friendly, helpful and have a wealth of knowledge, as many are retired RAF... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I cannot quite believe that we have not visited this collection or the airfield before. We are relatively local and just found the collection by googling this morning and have enjoyed a fab afternoon at the collection and at the airfield cafe watching the skydivers and planes. My boys are 11 and 8. The volunteers were incredibly knowledgeable and attentive... More 

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Thank East0n
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It must have been about a year since I visited this place, and I was able to sit in the cockpit of a harrier and told instructions on how to fly it by one of your staff so promised to leave a review! I have to admit upon arrival I wasn't expecting a great deal, I had not seen any... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

And one of the few collections to allow the public to sit in the aircraft cockpits. Unusually there is a sectioned WE 177 to see. Very good very friendly staff who have so much knowledge to impart.

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Thank Bob5204854
Amesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place has been transformed and I would certaianly recommended for any visiting the area to pop along and get into a cockpit. They are very kiddy friendly and very knowledgable on the different aircraft where they have pilots who flow the aircraft. I would rceommended buying the year long pass for these who may go once a year!

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Follows the aviation story of boscome Down and early flight. It is a collection that is growing. The hanger it is in is also of interest.

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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and 22 year old son (a fighter pilot in training with the USAF) spent a couple of hours looking inside of several types of airplanes. They wish they could have spent another two hours with their knowledgeable guide. They couldn't stop chatting about how great this museum was and how nice the former pilot was who answered their... More 

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Thank Allison E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i took my son and his pen friend there for a look back on the history of my work. highly recommend:)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I won't add much over that which has been mentioned already. The guides (mostly retired pilots during my visit) were very unassuming, approachable and knowledgeable. They were clearly enthusiastic and enjoyed passing on their knowledge and experience about different aircraft. I came away understanding a lot more than when I went in. Being able to have the experience of sitting... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. You can climb into the cockpits of most of the aircraft on display. The volunteers are really knowledgeable and helpful. You will really benefit from talking to them. The highlight for me was having a go on the jet provost simulator. Brilliant! The instructor was very helpful but didn't tell you too much. Very exciting. Not... More 

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