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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. 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 travelled here with a small group. the staff were very helpful and great knowledge of the subject. we took part in the irish coffee making and tasting ! which was great fun. great value and fantast... more »
I enjoy aviation related attractions so this appealed. It was an interesting and surprising afternoon. Plenty of information to see and absorb especially the Boeing 314, with a digital simulator for t... more »
We visited this museum at the recommendation of fellow travelers and could not have been more pleased! The flow of information was easy to follow and the life size models really put you into the time. more »
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.
Most informative and intetesting. The ladies really knew their stuff. Lovely end to the tour was learning how to make proper Irish Coffee
Factual, family friendly, wheelchair access and cafe with gift shop. Always a good thing to let the young know how things were first hand
So glad we drove out of our way to see Foynes. Great history! We learned a lot. Don't leave without an Irish Coffee.
Great museum. Very interesting stories and interactive exhibits.
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