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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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A hidden gem

Lots to see inside ,and new exhibitions in progress ,if you love aviation then this is the place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sarah P
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Small, but lots to see

Its really sad that the council do not put more (if any) funding into this little gem. With the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Helen T
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Southampton, 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see inside ,and new exhibitions in progress ,if you love aviation then this is the place for you to visit ,suitable for everyone old and young ,such an important museum keeping southamptons history alive ,love the Spitfire.

Thank Sarah P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its really sad that the council do not put more (if any) funding into this little gem. With the history of Soton in the aviation and war its sad. Our lad now 13 has enjoyed many a weekend there. There are many hands on items...More

Thank Helen T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently spent a half day at this little jem in Southampton and had a truly great time. All the staff you meet are very enthusiastic about all the aircraft on display. We kept meeting Andy, a very nice guy, who helped us into various...More

Thank Simon M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the second time I've been to the Sky Museum and it had changed alot since my first visit (probably 3 years ago) There are a variety of aircraft on display as well as the new flying boat exhibition and a Fire Brigade/Police area....More

Thank StinaStone
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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.

Thank PrideofJah
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

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

Thank DAVID D
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 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

Thank Robstersgirl
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

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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Stella F
25 February 2018|
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Response from JGADV | Reviewed this property |
No the Spitfire is off limits
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Steven M
19 February 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
5 February 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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