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Yorkshire Air Museum
Ranked #13 of 168 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial is located on the outskirts of the City of York within easy reach of the City centre. The Museum welcomes family visitors, with lots of things to keep everyone in the family entertained. We are also pet friendly, so you won't need to leave your four legged part of the family home alone. Authentically based on an original World War II Bomber Command Station, this unique history museum is filled with a great combination of original buildings to explore, including the restored Control Tower and more than forty aircraft exhibits, from early aviation biplanes to our unique Halifax Bomber "Friday The 13th" all the way to modern Cold War military jets such as the Victor, Nimrod and Tornado jet fighters. Our regular Thunder Days are always popular as a great family day out and our NAAFI cafe has a range of snacks, drinks and meals for everyone. Our guides are on hand to help you explore the museum. They are all volunteers and love to read your reviews!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

A good collection of aeroplanes and interesting displays in the huts. Well worth a visit. It was good to be able to go inside the Dakota and sit in the cockpit of another plane.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Despite there being no information on this attraction in the Visit York Centres, it is well worth knowing about and visiting if you are in York. I wouldn't say it is for young children who generally are "doers" rather than "lookers" and this place is really a looking place. There is a bus, the X36 or the 36, which takes you from the centre of York right up to the door of YAM but it is not that frequent and so you need to keep an eye on the time. I think the one returning to York is every two hours and so if you miss one, it is a long time to wait. The collection is good but as someone else has commented, some of the exhibits could do with a little more love and attention in terms of the paintwork. However, it is run by volunteers and every credit to them. A big plus is the café. The meal that I had, a beef stew with dumplings, was nothing short of excellent and a huge "brownie point" was the price. Very reasonable and you even have a choice of portion size. Even the "small" is more than generous. Served with a smile buy a person in costume, what could be better?! On the down side, the person running the shop decided it was time for his lunch and so closed the facility whilst he refreshed himself despite loosing customers who were turned away by a locked door. An attraction such as this that needs all the revenue it can get should never have a closed shop and should have had someone who could have covered the main person's absence. All that said, YAM is a good attraction with a realistic control tower fully kitted out, aircraft that you can board and volunteers willing to give of their time for the education and entertainment of the general public. If you like the sound of jets stating up and running, they have "Thunder Days" where you can hear the mighty Nimrod roar into life as well as a Buccaneer, Victor, etc.

1  Thank Bracken3Haslemere
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

What an absolutely brilliant day out. The place is well worth a visit. Our grandson loves aeroplanes so to see so many on display really made his day, he even managed to get inside the Dakota. The Mirage and Halifax (Friday the Thirteenth) are worth the entrance fee on their own. The displays and exhibits are so well maintained and the staff are very knowledgeable. If you are in the York area this place is a must!

Thank David C
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The museum is fantastic and proved very evocative for our older veterans. The exhibits are amazing and well explained; site is flat and well thought out and the staff and volunteers are brilliant. This really was the perfect day out.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Did a tour with an excellent guide of the Halifax bomber. The old bird could do with a overhaul inside, no doubt due to need for funds. Nevertheless it was very interesting

1  Thank Peter C
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