Tuesday 27 July 2010
Thanks to membership of my employer’s sport and recreation club I’m able to take advantage of free or cheaper tickets for a number of attractions. As the Museum of Flight comes under the umbrella of the National Museums of Scotland I was able to gain free entrance on Tuesday, along with my daughter and my Mate Gary, her godfather.
A test of a good visitor attraction is whether, having gained free access, you would’ve paid for it. At £9 for adults, £7 concessions and children 12 and under getting in for free I can confirm, in my humble opinion, that it is worth it.
Gary’s unnatural love of all things historical, especially if it comes in a box marked “warfare”, meant he was probably more interested in the contents of the hangars than my daughter and I put together but she was genuinely amazed at Concorde and its size. This surprised me as she’s only ever been on a pair of Ryanair flights between Edinburgh and Bournemouth.
The entrance, shop and Concorde are situated next to each other and the spacious car park. The other exhibits are spread out over a number of hangars in an area resembling the set of Foyle’s War. We took the Airfield Explorer, a land train, to the far end of the museum area and worked our way back. We took in the military aviation of Hangar 1 – Gary’s favourite, I think – and the Civil aviation of Hangar 2, as well as Fortunes of War and the Aircraft restoration hangar.
There was also a mini assault course and play area for children, including the ever-popular Flying Fox (aka Death Slide). There were other bits and pieces too but my daughter was flagging by this point. We had a reasonably priced lunch in the Aviator Cafe, housed in another hangar, and returned for a coffee before we left. Not before we took the obligatory look round the shop. It seems that no matter where my daughter goes she ends up buying a car (or should I say, has a car bought for her) and today was no exception, with a Mini Cooper S being the vehicle of choice. This was accompanied to the till by the biggest chocolate coin I’d ever seen.
I’d give our trip to the Museum of Flight a 9 out of 10. Thankfully tomorrow while be spent indulging in a more sedentary pursuit.
* we started and ended in Fife!