National Museum of Flight Scotland
“Delve into the story of flight in aircraft hangars on preserved wartime airfields” - AA Inspector
EAST FORTUNE, EAST LOTHIAN
The National Museum of Flight is situated on 63 acres of one of Britain's best preserved wartime airfields. The museum has four hangars, with more than 50 aeroplanes, plus engines, rockets and memorabilia. An interactive gallery, 'Fantastic Flight', provides an opportunity to fly an airship. Items on display include a Spitfire, a Vulcan bomber and Britain's oldest surviving aeroplane, built in 1896; recent exhibits also include a Jaguar, Nimrod, Boeing 707 cockpit and cabin, Phantom jet fighter, and a Harrier jump-jet. The Concorde Experience is free with admission to the Museum. The Concorde Experience explores the story of this historic plane through the lives of those who worked or travelled on it. See website for details of special events. Photo credits: Paul Dodds, Ruth Armstrong.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- No wheelchair access to Concorde's passenger cabin, most display areas are on ground floor
- Facilities: Wheelchair loan, on-site transportation
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Oct, daily, 10-5; Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun only, 10-4 (contact for details of seasonal variations in opening times)
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About the area
Discover East Lothian
Said to be the sunniest area of Scotland, East Lothian boasts a dramatic coastline. In summer, you’ll hear larks singing high above the four-mile sweep of dunes, sandy shoreline and saltmarsh that forms the John Muir Country Park, named after the Dunbar-born explorer, naturalist and father of conservation. Eider and shelduck nest in the dunes, and gannets skim the waves on their way to and from their fishing grounds and roosts on the nearby Bass Rock.
Dunbar’s prosperity was built on fishing and whaling, and its three historic harbours are still home to a busy fleet of small fishing boats. The oldest is overlooked by Dunbar Castle whose ruins now provide a home to a vast colony of 600 pairs of kittiwakes. Tucked beside a rocky headland, North Berwick’s harbour is a yachting and lobster fishing centre. For 500 years it provided a ferry on the pilgrimage route to St Andrews, which dramatically shortened the journey from the south. The handsome market town of Haddington is set in prime agricultural country on the River Tyne. It was granted the status of a royal burgh in the 12th century and later became the county town for East Lothian.
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