MuseumSights and activitiesAerospace Bristol

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Aerospace Bristol is an aviation and aerospace museum in Filton in Bristol’s northern suburbs. The museum is home to many historic aeroplanes and its highlight is the last Concorde to ever fly.

What to see at Aerospace Bristol

Most exhibits at Aerospace Bristol are housed inside a Grade II-listed First World War hanger with an adjacent newer hanger built to house the Concorde exhibit.

The main part of the museum covers 100 years of aviation history and includes aircraft from both world wars. It is divided into seven eras that chronicle distinct periods in the history of aviation. The museum has over 8,000 artefacts including a Scout bi-plane, a replica Bristol Babe and a section of an Airbus A320 wing.

The museum’s highlight, however, is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, which was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. This exhibit offers a rare chance to see a Concorde up close and you’re even able to go inside. In addition to the aeroplane (one of only 20 Concordes ever built), there are exhibits of Concorde-related memorabilia including menus and cabin crew uniforms.

Visiting Aerospace Bristol

The Aerospace Bristol museum is located at the former Filton airfield, where the Concorde was built and maintained.

Like several attractions on the outskirts of Bristol, it is easiest to visit by car and the closest bus stop at Gipsy Patch Lane is around a 10-minute walk from the museum and from here you can catch bus routes 62, 75, T2 South Glos Lynx and Y6 South Glos Lynx. The bus stop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway shopping centre has more frequent services but it is a 20-minute walk away from the museum.

There are a couple of places to stay nearby including the Travelodge Bristol Filton, which is only a six-minute walk from the Aerospace complex and the Village Hotel Bristol, which is a 15-minute walk away.

There is not much nearby, although the Wild Place Project is less than a 10-minute drive (or a 40-minute walk) from here.

It is a rather expensive attraction but your admission ticket lets you make free return visits for a year, which is a great deal if you’re an av geek who doesn’t live too far away from Bristol.

Both buildings are wheelchair accessible, however, the narrow aisles between the seats mean that wheelchair users cannot fully experience the Concorde exhibit.

Aerospace Bristol is a half-day excursion. You should allow 3–4 hours to explore the museum plus travel time to and from Bristol city centre.

Amenities
  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Gift shop

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