Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Foynes

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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. Add Foynes Flying Boat Museum to your Foynes travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Foynes road trip planning tool .
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  • Interesting enough visif for kids and adults alike. It is located in a pretty enough but otherwise passable village on the coast road. The plane looks a bit odd at the side of the museum but really ad...  more »
  • Well worth a visit,A must for all the Family,we will be going there again this year...As I only live 20 minutes from Foynes...  more »
  • If you are passionate about the history of commercial aviation, this museum is a must. It shows you the last survivor of the Boeing Clipper, seaplanes that crossed the Atlantic before war and a little after. I just see the outside unit but I regret having not visited the whole Museum. I recommend also the associated shop where many memories and also the small restaurant that will satisfy you for a snack. Beautiful wooden tables and simple food will help you out there.
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  • First visited about 15 years ago and it was ok but they have done a lot since then so it was great to visit again. Plenty to see. Restaurant attached for a lunch and parking available. Would recommend for a visit
  • Neat history of USA and UK race for Trans Atlantic flight. Something we take for granted now. Vintage film. Also how the airbase forever changed the Shannon area.
  • It's a museum, some interaction, very interesting for those interested in this subject. Good for secondary school kids but not younger in my opinion. We went when we saw the airshow which we though was brilliant.
  • Beautiful day out. Watching the boats come in .
  • We saw this museum on the way to Kerry and made a mental note to visit on way back. Very glad we did as this museum is great. Even if you only look at the website it is worth it as it is full of information and you'll be guaranteed to learn something you had no idea about. Cost €28 for a family of four and the tour begins with a film about flying boat travel in a 40s cinema. Worth watching and not skipping. The displays throughout the museum are interesting and well done and the odd spelling mistake makes you smile that it has been done by very enthusiastic supporters. The replica Boeing Flying Boat makes you wish you had the chance to fly on it when it was such an adventure and a stylish thing to do. If you have kids make sure they go to the kids area before heading to the replica otherwise you'll miss it and our kids loved doing the flight simulator. The hologram theatre showing you how they came up with Irish Coffee is worth it though it is cold in there! You can also tour the maritime museum and has a nice lookout with free telescopes to look over the area. At the end is a lovely cafe where you can try your own Irish Coffee or buy a souvenir.

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