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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  • If you are in the Limerick/North Kerry area, I would very much recommend a visit to this museum. It is much more than a museum and gives you a great insight into the excitement of early aviation- the....  more
    If you are in the Limerick/North Kerry area, I would very much recommend a visit to this museum. It is much more than a museum and gives you a great insight into the excitement of early aviation- the....  more »
  • A snapshot of history of how travel across the Atlantic occurred pre Jet era. I have visited before and it had not changed significantly with a floor closed as undergoing refurb. However the young... 
    A snapshot of history of how travel across the Atlantic occurred pre Jet era. I have visited before and it had not changed significantly with a floor closed as undergoing refurb. However the young...  more »
  • I had a great visit to this wonderful little museum today. The staff are all so friendly and helpful. The museum while small is very well laid out, we started at the top and worked down. There... 
    I had a great visit to this wonderful little museum today. The staff are all so friendly and helpful. The museum while small is very well laid out, we started at the top and worked down. There...  more »
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  • This is a great museum, lovingly maintained and very interesting. You can wander all around the flying boat, sit anywhere you want, ask any questions that you want, etc. The Maureen O'Hara tribute was nice, and informative as well. There's a small coffee shop if you'd like something to eat, and a decent gift shop as well. Go up to the top level to take pics of the harbor and the town.
  • Enjoyed a great experience here. The receptionist, Helen , was so helpful and kind, my father in law ,was inquiring about the old TB hospital. And Helen went out of her way to help him meet up with a friend after 70 years not meeting each other. Thanks Helen, he met up later in the day .. the flying boat was a great surprise.
  • What a find! I can't believe I didn't know about the flying boats flying transatlantic. Really interesting place and with the added interest of the Maureen O'Hara connection. We had tour guide Martina and she was wonderful. Kids found it really interesting too. I felt it was a bit pricey at €12 for an adult and €5 for a child but it was so enjoyable, I was happy to pay.
  • Did you know there was an active flying boat service between NY and Foynes during WW-2? This little museum, well equipped, tells everything about it. Well worth the visit!
  • Amazing place. So interesting. Beautifully maintained. Great history of how the flying boats started. Loved being able to see one and go inside it. Also loved seeing Maureen O'Haras memorabilia. Great place

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