Family Days Out

Edinburgh family days out: National Museum of Flight Scotland

Set only a few miles outside Edinburgh is a family-friendly attraction that will not only create excitement for those who remember the elegance and sheer magnificence of Concorde but also interest those who have even a passing curiosity regarding how flying has changed over time.

With a real life, fully kitted out and ready for you to board Concorde on display, a fabulous range of other aircraft, and virtual reality simulations to explore, you might even keep little ones occupied for a few hours!

The real draw here is of course the Concorde. It’s amazing that you can actually go inside it and even look into the cockpit. The excellent video guide should help make sure that the kids are not bored. It even kept our little one-year-old tottering around in awe!


If the British Airways livery Concorde doesn’t take your fancy, the chance to see Britain’s most famous nuclear bomber the Vulcan might well interest slightly older kids, especially with an enormous missile located next to it and the plane within touching distance of little hands!

Away from the outdoor exhibitions, indoors you can see some of the Scottish Ambulance aircraft, check out how the ejector seat has evolved, and see the defender of the nation: a Spitfire.


Outdoors, a range of obstacle courses should help to burn a bit of energy while you watch from a picnic bench. You can even get on board the first commercial jet airliner, which helped (after a number of tragic incidents) to make the world of aircraft travel far safer for future generations.

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With fabulously knowledgeable staff, a location that is ideal for journeys on the way up to or back from Edinburgh or just a day trip, and a decent cafe that has a good kids’ menu, this was a destination that our entire family loved visiting.

Where is it: East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF

Opening hours:

25 March – 31 October 2016 daily 10:00-17:00

1 November 2016 – April 2017 Saturday and Sunday only 10:00-16:00


Adult: £12
Concessions: £10
Child: £7 (under 5 free)
Family: £31 (2 adults and 2 children)

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