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Foynes Flying Boat Museum

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Main Street, Foynes, Ireland
+353 69 65416
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Really Good

Great place. Part of two week bus tour of Ireland, so we only had about 90 minutes here. Very... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Chris H
Amazing story of a bygone era!

Before land-based aircraft made the trip from North America to Shannon, Ireland, Foynes (on the... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Jeff M
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“irish coffee” (147 reviews)
“full size” (26 reviews)
“flying boat” (148 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Main Street, Foynes, Ireland
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+353 69 65416
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"aviation history"
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"shannon estuary"
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"gift shop"
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"lovely cafe"
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"control tower"
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

Great place. Part of two week bus tour of Ireland, so we only had about 90 minutes here. Very interesting. Nice short movie. Great to walk through a full size replica of one of the Pan Am flying boats. There is an attached maritime museum...More

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Before land-based aircraft made the trip from North America to Shannon, Ireland, Foynes (on the south side of the Shannon Estuary) was the world center of intercontinental air travel. It was the Flying Boat era (1930's and 1940's) when huge seaplanes flew from New York...More

Thank Jeff M
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

But, if I were not on a tour that took me there, I would not have stopped. Has a mock up of a flying boat, and discusses the history of early trans-Atlantic aviation. That was interesting,

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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Foynes flying boat museum is situated around the original signal tower which command the flying boats of the 1940's. there is lots of parking, a large cafe, serving food as well as drinks and snacks, plus an Irish coffee area, (well this is where it...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

We stopped at this museum on the drive from Dingle to Ennis. It was interesting to get to go into the replica of the sea plane and I did think the exhibits were interesting. The exhibits are primarily printed text and photos. Not many artifacts...More

Thank AnnCS
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

Foynes, as a town, is the land that time forgot.....that being said they have this little museum that shows off, from the outside, an 80 year old plane...... now, I pay 57% tax on the top end my wages, (incl USS) and this is a...More

Thank David O
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

I was highly disappointed, as an avgeek I was looking forward to this museum. Its got a good 17 minute film and a decent info section, but with only one seaplane replica it's just not good enough for a 11€ entrance ticket.

1  Thank VilleNKPG
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

It was an interesting visit. They had a replica of one of the flying boats. The museum had interesting artifacts from the World War 2 and it delivered the history of the beginning of air travel across the ocean. I do wish we had more...More

1  Thank Jgray0615
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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Had family from Dublin and Australia for a visit. We were looking for something different and decided on a trip to Foynes. What a wonderful afternoon. We started with a friendly greeting from the staff and had a fresh tasty lunch which was excellent and...More

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 17 June 2017

I knew when I saw the name of this attraction for the first time that I would love it. And I did, but then I've always loved planes. To stand beside and then to go inside a Pan American "Air Boat" was completely exciting. These...More

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rcjhk
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Response from Hatten C | Reviewed this property |
It looks like others have answered this question, I will skip looking it up on their wedsite.
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25 February 2017|
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Response from FlyingBoatMuseum | Property representative |
Museum is closed at present and will reopen March 11th next.
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