Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, Hampshire
A visit to Solent Sky Museum in Southampton is a must for anyone who’s big on planes; there’s a lot to see so you’d be advised to allow a couple of hours at least, and to allow time to take in the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Collection that’s also part of this unique attraction.
Hampshire and the Solent area was a world centre for aviation research and development from 1910-1960 with over 26 aircraft manufacturers making their base here; most famously it’s the birthplace of the legendary Spitfire. The impressive exhibits include the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the De Havilland Sea Vixen, Tiger Moth and Vampire, the Folland Gnat, and of course, the Supermarine Spitfire.
There’s a quiz for children, and if there’s anything else you’d like to know when you’re there speak to the staff – they’re very helpful and as you’d expect, very knowledgeable.
Open: Every day 10.00am-5.00pm except Sunday 12.00-5.00pm
T: 023 8063 5830 All information correct at the time of writing