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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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Poor Customer Service

Had a Groupon deal for me and my wife. My wife couldn’t make the visit due to illness so I went... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jayne B
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Leicester, United Kingdom
So much more than a collection of aircraft

Forty of us visited today with the 'Pompey Puddleducks', our local Citroen 2cv club. The building... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Peter M
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Lee-on-the-Solent, 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 4 days ago

Had a Groupon deal for me and my wife. My wife couldn’t make the visit due to illness so I went alone. Couldn’t use the Groupon deal ‘because it’s for two people’. As I was alone I had to pay for one! Pathetic. This aside,...More

Thank Jayne B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Forty of us visited today with the 'Pompey Puddleducks', our local Citroen 2cv club. The building is quite stark from the outside but inside I have no idea how they managed to fit in so much and display it so well without it feeling overcrowded....More

Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took our granddaughter who’s 7 and she really enjoyed herself. She loved the quiz and was very interested in the exhibition which was very well presented. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Would certainly go again. Only downside was no parking! Had to pay....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Party consisted of 2 mums, 2 girls aged 6 and a 4 year old boy. We went on a rainy half term day using Groupon vouchers. We were entertained for 2 hours and could have been there longer than that but the parking was on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best museum in the whole Hampsire! Very good prices, a lot of exhibits. Here, you can learn about the history of the British Air Force. It worths!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This view on aviation concentrated on the industry in Hampshire and especially the pioneering of long distance civil aviation through flying boats across the empire, and high speed flight between the wars through the Schneider Trophy races, leading on to the Spitfire. Our group of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away in a back street but not to be missed on a visit to Southampton. Displays of great historical interest, particularly Southampton in the Blitz. The Flying Boat exhibition is also unique, again linked closely to Southampton. Worth a return visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there one a Saturday in January. It is surprising how much they have got into a relatively small place, the staff were very helpful and friendly and there are lots of interesting exhibits. Very interesting that they have the Supermarine SE6b - very rare...More

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never thought I would say this but what an interesting museum! Not huge but packed full...from planes to a history of fire extinguishers. Sitting in the cockpit of the Beachcomber was really great. Our guide was unassumingly SO knowledgeable and answered all our questions from...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a couple of happy hours here & was amazed at the amount of exhibits - everything from a Flying Boat/Float Plane to Bomb Damage photos of Southampton in the Blitz along with a Police & Fire Brigade joint exhibit & much detail of the...More

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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
4 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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rick1984
1 December 2017|
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Response from liftman53 | Reviewed this property |
You can walk through the cabin - the flight deck was closed off
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