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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

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Address: | Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury SP4 6DZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1722 323636
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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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An awesome collection

So, it's an aviation collection which actively encourages you to go into the cockpits of the aircraft they have. I don't think I need to say any more than that! It does seem at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Peter F
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So, it's an aviation collection which actively encourages you to go into the cockpits of the aircraft they have. I don't think I need to say any more than that! It does seem at first to be expensive for the size of the collection, but there's very knowledgable guides on hand to explain anything and everything and did I mention... More 

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Thank Peter F
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a tucked away gem of a place. Enthusiastic staff who have so much knowledge coupled with artefacts you can be hands on with, they love you to go and play (my son managed to set off an alarm on one of the planes and we had to get some help to turn it off!). The Collection houses a... More 

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Thank Karen J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A brilliant find. Friendly, welcoming expert staff. Even if you're not "into" planes, this is fascinating. Hangar was a bit chilly on a cold day so wrap up. Went with our three year old boys, they loved it - the fact it is so hands on really makes it. Left wanting to go back without them to have a child-free... More 

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Thank Amy L
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Boscombe Down collection primarily focuses on aircraft used in development and testing work at the old military airfield. One amazing feature is the ability to sit in the actual cockpits of most of the aircraft. There are also simulators and interactive models. The volunteer staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. There is a lecture room for group visits... More 

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London England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found the displays nicely laid out with plenty of room to wonder round and exhibits you could sit in

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Magalia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old Sarum Airfield is a great place for those interested in World War Air fighters. An interesting museum, and a nice memorial for the fighter pilots that fought in the World Wars.

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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Great collection with opportunities to get in the cockpits of iconic planes. Very friendly atmosphere with passionate ex flying personnel who are only too pleased to spend time with you.

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Thank Jaytee444
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Children enjoyed the visit because of the hands on on some of the exhibits It is a bit over rated for what it is supposed to be. Although there are some interesting exhibits for the most part it is a bit on the dull side. We shall go again to see if there are any improvements.

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Well done to all at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for their genuine enthusiasm about the great work they're doing in making the collection. They are helpful and informative and make the visit an enjoyable one. Lots of volunteers on hand to answer any questions. Would definitely recommend to any aircraft enthusiast. Thanks to all concerned and good luck for the... More 

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Thank Carole25378
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The collection holds a large number of jets of various vintages, as well as a couple of helicopters, a glider and a particularly impressive bi-plane. What sets this place apart from anywhere I've been before, and what is definitely it’s unique selling point, is the 'hands on' philosophy of the place, you are literally encouraged to climb into the cockpits... More 

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