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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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10:00 - 17:00
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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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Fantastic time for all ages!

My husband, myself and our 2 year old had an absolute blast at this wonderful airplane collection. Being able to touch and interact in the cockpits was so much fun and a great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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vettegirl1
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband, myself and our 2 year old had an absolute blast at this wonderful airplane collection. Being able to touch and interact in the cockpits was so much fun and a great learning experience. My husband, an experienced pilot, really enjoyed the Links trainer. Also I big thanks to Gordon for showing us around, we really enjoyed the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having visited a number of other aviation museums including the RAF museum in Hendon, I can confirm that though not the largest, this is the most interesting museum of this kind. The guides here were of the most helpful and interesting kind with fascinating information about each aircraft and its history including information about specific aircraft with extremely noteworthy histories... More 

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Thank Armand T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in September 2016. Run by very knowledgeable people, plenty of aircraft you can even sit in some. There is also a simulator where you can try out your skills. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Roger C
Calne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 15 February 2017

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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Thank foodfanatic144
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

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 12 February 2017

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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Thank Alfie625
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

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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Thank missymadam
Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 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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