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“Great museum, spoiled by some glitches”
Review of Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Patchway
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With the last Concorde ever to fly as its stunning centrepiece, Aerospace Bristol takes you on a journey through more than a century of remarkable aviation history. Enjoy amazing exhibits - including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites and more - be inspired by a stunning show projected on to the iconic Concorde, and get hands-on with flight simulators and other fun interactives.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited again to show family the Concorde after being very impressed last year. This time it was a bit of a disappointment, we spent an hour in the concorde hall on Easter Monday but the audio visual graphics were not playing on to the side of the plane as before. We asked a couple of the 'Crew' but they were pretty useless and didn't seem to know what had happened. It was a real shame as this is what makes the concorde hanger so alive and interesting, having the visuals alive on the plane and does give a bit of the story. So after this we then went upstairs and queued for 35 minutes to walk through the concorde. Children in the queue were finding it quite hard and it would have been better to keep people moving quickly through the plane without a queue rather than letting everybody take as long as they want and letting a huge queue build up.

The one thing missing from this otherwise excellent museum is a good 30 minute film telling the whole concorde story. They have a wonderful purpose built theatre but it just plays a basic stop motion film with no relation to the concorde story. Come on guys - this is Concorde! It's an icon! Celebrate it with a passionate film that really gets you interested and enthused, some testimony from pilots, travellers, remind us all why it was so cool. A film like this on the hour every hour would massively improve the experience.

So go - it's a great museum, and if Aerospace Bristol read this review, please could you think about a decent film presentation of the Concorde story?

Thank biner10
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Aerospace B, Public Relations Manager at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we're sorry to hear that your second visit didn't live up to your first. Unfortunately, there was a power cut in the Patchway area on the day you visited, which affected the museum's interactive screens and meant the Concorde projection show was temporarily not running while our Facilities team rebooted all of our IT equipment. Of course, it is now back up and running throughout each day and bringing Concorde to life, as you say.

Thank you for the film suggestion. We have previously shown Concorde archive footage in the theatre and will continue to vary the films we show, including more on Concorde in the future. As it's currently the school holidays, we are showing an animation which is very popular with our younger visitors, but this will vary over time.

Thank you again for the review and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent afternoon out with the grandchildren. Lots to see and do, very hands on. Great exhibits and well set out, information and detail first class and not to heavy. Lots of stuff to keep both young and not so young interested, boring it's certainly not. Concorde experience excellent, Staff on board very friendly and knowledgable willing to answer questions and in detail. Overall a great day out was had by all and certainly not one to be missed. Admission and other prices on a par with similar venues, good that the ticket lasts for a year. Big thank you to all the Staff on site, friendly and informative.

Thank Waifa
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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much Waifa!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful new venture. A true reminder of a time when this Country had a manufacturing industry to be proud of

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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much hrhvic2ria!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...also the Cafe/restaurant is actually a 'proper' place to get proper food. Unlike most UK attractions/visitor places, where food is expensive/slow/rubbish, this was good, fast and with a good choice. Well done. Somebody put thought and effort into a UK 'attraction' for once!

Thank Nick G
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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Nick G - that's great to hear! See you again soon with your free returns!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really interesting place to visit.
Exhibition is well laid out and very interesting
Concorde is fantastic but i dont think you get long enough on her.
Cafe very good
Gift shop does not have a great selection of stuff.
Cafe - gluten free friendly

Thank bernie535
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Aerospace B, Owner at Aerospace Bristol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks bernie535 - great to hear!

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