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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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Father’s Day visit - Great day out

I took my parents here for father’s day and my dad absolutely loved it. We can’t get over how great... read more

Reviewed yesterday
EmilyDawnGarner
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What a hidden surprise

Took a friend as I had heard rumoursthis was a place to visit and it is. Run by volunteers whose... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Beech79
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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I took my parents here for father’s day and my dad absolutely loved it. We can’t get over how great the Beachcomber visit was and the volunteer who talked us through the history (I’m so sorry, we can’t remember his name) was brilliant and is...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Took a friend as I had heard rumoursthis was a place to visit and it is. Run by volunteers whose knowledge was exemplary and with good humour. Flying boats, a Spitfire, others rare photos, films and displays. What a joy and what a find. Could...More

Thank Beech79
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very enjoyable. But for us it was more of a reminiscent experience, especially for my partner. How they cramped all that aircrafts amazes me.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

How they managed to get all these planes in such a small area ? Well worth a visit staff very informative we enjoyed every minute we were there .We spent about 3 hours but could have spent a lot more if we had the time...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fab time today with 9yo 14yo 17yo and 2yo. The staff are knowledgable and really welcoming. One member of staff took us up into the cockpit of the beachcomber and it was fantastic, he even took photos for us so the whole family...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking was a bit of a problem, but once we'd sorted that we got in! There are lots of bits to look at, but you probably need to know a little about it all before you go (or go with someone who does!). There is...More

Thank Dawn W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today with 2 x 12 yr olds & an 8 yr old, a rainy day on half term. Having driven past this building for years and assumed it was closed, what a little gem we discovered inside! The staff & volunteers are patient...More

Thank Mandy W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this museum at the end of a long days sightseeing, and it was our favourite! What a gem. I was tired, so thought we would just skip around, but we spent ages, and really enjoyed it. On the ground floor there are lots...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it! Very small but it is crammed with history. It really something to be this close to a spitfire. The volunteers are around to answer your questions and even demonstrate some of the exhibits. I highly recommend this site if you love aviation and...More

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

We brought my Aunt to visit, along with three other members of the Family. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, Staff extremely friendly and welcoming. The Plane holds a lot of special memories for my Aunt. Thank you so much.

Thank Jenny C
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Stella F
February 24, 2018|
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Response from JGADV | Reviewed this property |
No the Spitfire is off limits
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Steven M
February 18, 2018|
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Response from JGADV | Reviewed this property |
Best way would be to take the bus to the eastern docks or Town Quay, alternative would be taxi or if you 're up to it, it only takes about 20 minutes to walk
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sport58
February 4, 2018|
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Response from Dibleygirl | Reviewed this property |
Hi it's within walking distance, but suggest you take a taxi to avoid getting lost! The building looks like an industrial unit, so you could easily miss it. Enjoy your visit!
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