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“Good museum that will get better”
Review of Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Patchway
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With the last Concorde ever to fly as its stunning centrepiece, Aerospace Bristol takes you on a journey through more than a century of remarkable aviation history. Enjoy amazing exhibits - including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites and more - be inspired by a stunning show projected on to the iconic Concorde, and get hands-on with flight simulators and other fun interactives.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The booking process was easy and I would encourage them to stop people printing emails but just to present a bar code when they arrive on a phone for example. The cashier could have been friendlier and suggested options for me and the children as we arrived. We took a map, not offered one and off we went.

The children wanted lots of interactive hands on activities aka 'We the Curious' style and they got some of this but wanted more. There were not enough air plane seats, cockpits, costumes, etc. to try and on and play with. This could be improved. Not all the interactive electronic exhibits were working and while they liked punching their card it was difficult and needs improving to make it more child friendly. We also couldn't find all the stamping machines. My children age 7 and 9 years don't want to read text about exhibits.

Concorde was good and the projection on the side was nice. The video about first woman to fly and design a plane was too quiet and we would have preferred one about Concorde such building it and seeing it flying which is what is was made for! The children enjoyed making paper air planes. We had no queue on Easter Sunday when we visited to access Concorde but signs on the seats asking children not to sit on them is a bit much as that is what children want to do.

Cafe served reasonable food options and ok prices but no children specific cold options available, this needs addressing.

Shop was well stocked and could have more Aerospace souvenirs.

Overall a good few hours spent here and glad we can return again with our ticket making the cost more reasonable.

Thank red999doc
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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review red999doc, we will ensure it gets feedback to the different departments. As it is the Easter holidays we are presently showing Miss Todd as it is a child friendly animation but we will continue to share different videos in our lecture theatre, and have in the passed shared Concorde archive footage. As a museum preservation and conservation are very important to us which is why we ask that people do not sit on the seats whilst on board Concorde - this is purely to ensure she is preserved for many years to come for people to continue to enjoy seeing her in her current state and to prevent wear and tear. We hope you understand.

We regularly update our cafe menu and have a selection of warm dishes for children but we do also have lots of cold sandwiches in our fridges made daily which we hope your children would enjoy.

Our shop has lots of Aerospace Bristol souvenirs, from mugs and magnets to fudge, pens and sweets, please do ask a host to help you locate these different items.

We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After the disappointment of the activity I had organised being cancelled we went here on a whim and what a delight. Very welcoming staff. Slightly disjointed layout but really interesting trails that kept two 5 and 8 yr old boys happy. Quite a long queue to see Concorde but compared to Legoland, nothing! Great that within the ticket you can revisit over the next 12 months. Learnt lots.

Thank Melanie G
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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much MelanieG - we are so pleased you had a great day with us. See you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was an amazing experience staff friendly knowledgable didn’t rush you
An experienced for all ages !
Easy to find

Thank Jazzyjules47
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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Fantastic - thanks Jazzyjules47!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited again to show family the Concorde after being very impressed last year. This time it was a bit of a disappointment, we spent an hour in the concorde hall on Easter Monday but the audio visual graphics were not playing on to the side of the plane as before. We asked a couple of the 'Crew' but they were pretty useless and didn't seem to know what had happened. It was a real shame as this is what makes the concorde hanger so alive and interesting, having the visuals alive on the plane and does give a bit of the story. So after this we then went upstairs and queued for 35 minutes to walk through the concorde. Children in the queue were finding it quite hard and it would have been better to keep people moving quickly through the plane without a queue rather than letting everybody take as long as they want and letting a huge queue build up.

The one thing missing from this otherwise excellent museum is a good 30 minute film telling the whole concorde story. They have a wonderful purpose built theatre but it just plays a basic stop motion film with no relation to the concorde story. Come on guys - this is Concorde! It's an icon! Celebrate it with a passionate film that really gets you interested and enthused, some testimony from pilots, travellers, remind us all why it was so cool. A film like this on the hour every hour would massively improve the experience.

So go - it's a great museum, and if Aerospace Bristol read this review, please could you think about a decent film presentation of the Concorde story?

Thank biner10
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Aerospace B, Public Relations Manager at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we're sorry to hear that your second visit didn't live up to your first. Unfortunately, there was a power cut in the Patchway area on the day you visited, which affected the museum's interactive screens and meant the Concorde projection show was temporarily not running while our Facilities team rebooted all of our IT equipment. Of course, it is now back up and running throughout each day and bringing Concorde to life, as you say.

Thank you for the film suggestion. We have previously shown Concorde archive footage in the theatre and will continue to vary the films we show, including more on Concorde in the future. As it's currently the school holidays, we are showing an animation which is very popular with our younger visitors, but this will vary over time.

Thank you again for the review and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent afternoon out with the grandchildren. Lots to see and do, very hands on. Great exhibits and well set out, information and detail first class and not to heavy. Lots of stuff to keep both young and not so young interested, boring it's certainly not. Concorde experience excellent, Staff on board very friendly and knowledgable willing to answer questions and in detail. Overall a great day out was had by all and certainly not one to be missed. Admission and other prices on a par with similar venues, good that the ticket lasts for a year. Big thank you to all the Staff on site, friendly and informative.

Thank Waifa
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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Waifa!

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