Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Foynes

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4.5/5 based on 320+ 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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  • Very informative and interesting stop on our tour - would recommend if you are in the area - good family stop 
  • Visited here with active retirement group. Wonderful place. Never been before. Great knowledge. Had lovely scones/coffee in cafe . Well done 
  • This is a very well done museum. You can spend a couple of hours to all day in this museum. There is an excellent movie about the flying boats and Foynes. It is also supposed to be the birthplace of t...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Great place..lovely had great time
  • We really enjoyed this museum. I knew some of the history but it was great to see and understand flying boats and why Foynes was chosen as the transatlantic destination.
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