Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
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The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum excitingly captures the story of how Foynes became one of the great aviation hubs of the world between 1937-1945. Walk in the footsteps of JFK, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt & many other dignitaries, movie stars & refugees who landed at Foynes during World War II. Throughout the original terminal building this truly unique story is told by way of original film in a 1940’s style cinema, showcases covering the war years & numerous exhibits on the romantic flying boat era including the chance to board a life size replica of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat. Foynes & the Flying Boats will be forever connected with the invention of Irish Coffee as they combined to give us this uniquely Irish treat. Learn all about this historic event by watching a wonderful 3D holographic show re-enacting this famous night back in 1943 & after why not taste a delicious Irish Coffee in its original home.
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James R
8 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Loved it.
Great family day out.
We loved the viewing platform and enjoyed all the history of the place. A big new extension being built so will come back when that open.
Written 4 November 2022
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Eloise H
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Great fun and all of the staff, Helen, Mags, Ellen and Julie were so welcoming and brilliant craic. I have made and had many Irish coffees in my time but I can honestly say this was the best Irish Coffee I have ever had. Can't wait to see the new section next year!
Written 4 October 2022
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John M
Lurgan, UK1,936 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We found this place on trip advisor and we were travelling to Limerick from tralee and thought we would stop by the museum to break up our journey and it's a pleasant place for a couple of hours to see the history of the flying boats in Ireland. The museum is quite small but has a lot of interesting exhibits to view and also the only replica of the flying boat on the premises in the world. Its also the place where the Irish coffee was invented by B O'Regan for the travelling passengers on the flying boat.
Written 7 September 2022
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Mark S
Cortez, FL14 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Our Azamara Cruise around Ireland called at Foynes and we were delighted to find the Flying Boat and Maritime Museum a short walk from the pier. The museum is beautifully done and tells the story of the wonderful era of the transatlantic flying boats in great detail. The opportunity to experience the Boeing 314 first hand from the cockpit to the beautifully appointed cabins was great fun and provided a wonderful opportunity to understand what flying during that era must have been like.
The tribute to Maureen O’Hara is also not to be missed.
Written 28 August 2022
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Wendy B
7 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Very interesting museum, well worth visiting. We loved looking over the restored flying boat. Highly recommend visiting, we also enjoyed a Irish coffee in the museum’s cafe
Written 28 August 2022
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pjk1649a
Scarborough, ME4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
It’s a full day visit with lots to see. Lovely staff, superb history and the only Boeing 314 Clipper replica in the world! If you have any interest in the history of the flying boats from Pan American Airways and BOAC, you should make the visit… you won’t regret it!
Written 13 August 2022
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ThePogueMahone
NYC20 contributions
Jul 2022
Amazing place to visit while in Foynes - ok lets face it - the ONLY place to visit in Foynes. But look, its well worth a stop. The museum is excellent and they even have a grand little cafe there for a perfect stop for lunch
Written 10 August 2022
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Bedouin29
Sydney, Australia279 contributions
Aug 2022
I will be first to say that when it was suggested we crosss over to Limerick to visit a flying boat museum I wasn't excited. However afterwards I was really pleased we did, the museum isn't large but it is extensive, it not only extensively covers the history of the Trans Atlantic flying boats but covers trade win the Shannon Estuary region, the history of Irish Coffee, Maureen O'Hara and much more. We managed to crash two flying boats on the simulator, we enjoyed the Hologram and over all had a great time. Do spend some time in the Boeing Flying Boat (oh the leg room and luxury)
Written 8 August 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,587 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This was my second visit to the Foynes Flying Biat museum, a year almost to the day after my first. This time I had family with me and we all really enjoyed it.
The Maritime museum is good and it us cool to visit the old control tower at this one time airport. Irish coffee was invented here and there's a great littke holographic film to watch.
But the real highlight is going into the flying boat itself, the only one of its kind left in the world
We had it to ourselves too which was a bonus. You can sit in the seats and imagine what the journey would've been like and go upstairs to the cockpit and navigation desk.
It's just brilliant, so interesting and so hands on, we really had a wonderful couple of hours .
Well done to all concerned in running and maintaining this gem of a museum. I saw extension eirks going on, I look forward to a third visit very soon to see the newer parts and exhibits.
Written 26 July 2022
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Thank you very much for sharing your review. We are thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 28 July 2022
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2Caseys
Limerick32 contributions
Jul 2022
We are an Active Retired group and we really enjoyed the museum, there was loads to see and do and Valerie was great fun with the Irish Coffee demo .
Written 2 July 2022
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Thank you so much for sharing your review with us!
Written 19 July 2022
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