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. 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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415 reviews
  • August 17, 2017
    We absolutely loved our trip to Foynes today . You can just tell that love and passion built this museum. The staff were so helpful, kind and lovely and lunch of soup and brown bread just the spot. We...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I took my two sons (12 and 16) to visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum recently. The centre tells the story of the flying boats that flew into the area up to 1945. It is a fascinating story, very well ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We finally got here from many years of promising ourselves to go on every visit to Ireland. Well worth the visit loved the film at the beginning to going inside the flying boat and learning all about ...  more »
  • April 30, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    Most informative and intetesting. The ladies really knew their stuff. Lovely end to the tour was learning how to make proper Irish Coffee
  • June 22, 2017
    Factual, family friendly, wheelchair access and cafe with gift shop. Always a good thing to let the young know how things were first hand
  • May 30, 2017
    So glad we drove out of our way to see Foynes. Great history! We learned a lot. Don't leave without an Irish Coffee.
  • June 27, 2017
    Great museum. Very interesting stories and interactive exhibits.

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