Fleet Air Arm Museum

LOCATION

YEOVILTON, SOMERSET

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The Fleet Air Arm Museum is where museum meets theatre. 'Fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. See fighter aircraft and two enormous projection screens showing jet fighters taking off and landing, and even see a nuclear bomb. The Museum has Europe's largest collection of naval aircraft and the first British-built Concorde. The museum is located alongside Europe's busiest military air station at RNAS Yeovilton. There is also a new exterior play area, accessible for all and inspired by the flight deck of the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Royal Naval Air Station, YEOVILTON, Ilchester, BA22 8HT
Phone : 01935 840565

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year: Apr-Oct, daily 10-5.30; Nov-Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4.30. Closed 24-26 Dec

About the area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

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