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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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Remodelling but still interesting

The strength of this museum is the focus on the pilots and designers who pushed the envelope up to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bryan R
San Francisco, California, United States
Fantastic - Interesting Museum

Great for kids and 'Big' kids ! Loads of interesting and detailed exhibits - well worth a visit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Verwood, United Kingdom
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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
+44 23 8063 5830
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The strength of this museum is the focus on the pilots and designers who pushed the envelope up to the creation of the Spitfire. Top floor has a local police and fire exhibit. If I had it to do over again, I would have started...More

1  Thank Bryan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for kids and 'Big' kids ! Loads of interesting and detailed exhibits - well worth a visit ! The Schneider trophy plane top's the bill !

Thank Cymru1962
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing collection of old aircraft and helicopters, the highlight of which is the enormous Shorts Sunderland flying boat which you can go inside. In general there are plenty of information boards next to each exhibit to explain their origin, purpose, etc, although sometimes there are...More

1  Thank David H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We found this little museum on the internet and went along to see. It was a very well spent hour and a half, looking at how the aero industry began and continued in Southampton, even during the second world war. There were some great Aeroplanes...More

Thank Tina T
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum because of a booklet we picked up at our hotel. Not knowing what to expect we were pleasantly surprised. There are very interesting planes to observe. There is a police/fire Museum area on the third floor which was packed with historic...More

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Lived in Southampton for 3 years for university but didn't really explore whilst I was there so on a trip back to the city I was looking for new things to see and do and found this on Trip Advisor. It is an absolute hidden...More

1  Thank robynluke17
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Have been meaning to visit here for years. What a fantastic museum. So many planes, with links to the South Coast, squeezed into the building. Very helpful and friendly staff. When we were looking around the flying boat one offered to take us into the...More

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Having watched the 'First of the Few' it was good to see the Schneider Trophy and winning plane. There is a good selection of planes with plenty of information and the staff are very helpful. Access for a wheelchair is good although obviously it was...More

Thank Cedric N
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Small but extremely interesting Museum with very knowledgeable volunteers. I am often taken to places like this, not exactly under duress but sometimes would rather do other things for a change. I enjoyed this museum immensely as did the friend who wanted to go there.

Thank janbrown1948
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Within a comfortable walking distance of the city centrethis is a museum you must visit at least once. There is an absolute treasure of displays and artifacts with lots of information and fascinating history about flying and the role of aviation in WW1 and WW2.

Thank Sue H
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How far is the museum from the Holiday Inn on Herbert Walker Avenue?
11 April 2017|
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Response from Outofthelaw | Reviewed this property |
15mins Walking
Polly R
Is there parking at or near the solent sky Museum?
24 August 2016|
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Response from trixytrev | Reviewed this property |
Yes if your early right outside. Or ocean village just across the road