Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Foynes
(4.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
At Foynes Flying Boat Museum, the station where Irish coffee debuted, view a detailed history of transatlantic flight. As the last port of call on the eastern shore for seaplanes, Foynes was the biggest civilian airport on the continent during World War II. This aviation and maritime station was famous for the invention of Irish coffee, which was prepared in the 1930s and 1940s to comfort cold passengers. After closing in 1946, the village and port weren't an important aviation site again until 1988, when a portion of the old station was leased by this museum. Take a tour the interactive museum exhibits, and step on board the B314 replica to understand the site's historic contributions. Put Foynes Flying Boat Museum into our Foynes itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We decided to visit the museum not knowing what to expect. Entrance fee seemed quite pricey but by the end of the museum we felt it was worth it. It was very informative, well presented and engaging. ...  more »
  • Only live a few miles away and went for my first time with my kids found it very interesting and so did my kids 3 & 6yrs as they got to play in the flight simulator and get to see the Yankee clipper. 
  • We've traveled across Ireland no less than 7X and somehow this unique attraction was never on our list of places to visit. Thanks to an encounter with fellow American in Scarriff we were made aware of...  more »
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  • Great little museum on the early days of transatlantic air travel. Full scale reproduction of a flying boat. Nice touches like the origins of Irish Coffee. Interesting to the general visitor not just aviation buffs. Restaurant on street but part of complex.
  • Great museum! it s part of aviation history! So don't miss it if you' re near Foynes! Also this is the exact place where the IRISH COFFE was invented (the barman made it for the passanger from an transatlantic flight, which had to come back for landing due to bad weather)! And go up to visit the tower, from were you can see the runway which is in fact the shannon river! :) I simply love it!
  • Really interesting initial film and self guided tour about how air travel could have evolved if it wasn't for the war and the subsequent leap forward in technology. The replica flying boat shows how luxurious travel was back then with separate lounge, dining and sleeping areas!
  • I cannot believe I've never heard of this place before our bus tour took us here. You have to visit if you have any interest in aviation. A visit takes about an hour, which you can finish with Irish Coffee right where it was created!
  • For someone who thought he knew a good amount about aviation, this museum was an eye opener. It is well worth the visit - I loved it.