National Museum of Flight

Price guide: Mid-range

East Fortune Airfield, Edinburgh, EH39 5LF

Price guide: Mid-range

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Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Education, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, History

Expert review of National Museum of Flight

Concorde is among dozens of planes in this fascinating aviation museum.

East Fortune Airfield, only 20 miles east of Edinburgh, is the setting for this brilliant museum for all ages. An actual Concorde sits in one of the massive exhibition hangars as do many other aircraft. The chance to see them up close is quite awe-inspiring and nostalgic too. War memorabilia, personal stories, film, photographs and paraphenalia associated with this fasincating world are all here.

They have an annual airshow every July which, if your timing works, is well worth attending.

The parachute café offers great snacks too.

Price advice: 

Adults £9, concessions £7, children under 12 get in for free, as do members of National Museums Scotland.

Expert tips: 
It is never busy, which makes it a great day out as you can wander around at your leisure.
It takes up a lot of time to see around all the hangars, allow up to four hours.

More information on National Museum of Flight:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Museum, Science / technology
Address:
East Fortune Airfield, Edinburgh, EH39 5LF
Telephone:
0131 247 4328
Website:
http://www.www.nms.ac.uk
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
10am-5pm
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
Concorde, aviation, airshow

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Community comments (2)

I think including this museum in the top 22 of Edinburgh is stretching the envelope a bit too far, I wouldn't like to walk it.

I took my 3 year old, who was only mildly impressed with the planes but had to be dragged out from the 'Interactive' hangar although I have to admit to having a great time in there too: try out the paper plane test and landing a zeplin. A bit out of town but well worth the trip....although concorde was surprisingly petite!