Lonely Planet Writer

Dine underneath the last Concorde at this new aviation museum

Visitors to a new industrial heritage museum and learning centre in England, will be able to see the last Concorde ever made. Aerospace Bristol is due to open next week and it will tell the stories and achievements of Bristol’s aerospace industry. Starting from the earliest days of powered flight, it will take visitors on an immersive journey of aviation achievements and fascinating tales of human endeavour.

You can dine under the last Concorde in a British museum. Image by Aerospace Bristol

The museum will display artefacts spanning 100 years of aviation history and will bring together nationally significant exhibits and hidden archive records for the first time. Concorde’s airframe and the engines were largely developed in Bristol, the UK assembly line was located there, and all UK Concordes made their maiden flight from Filton’s runway.

Guests look around Concorde in a new aviation museum in Bristol. Image: Aerospace Bristol

The show-stopping centrepiece of the museum will be Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, which was designed, built and tested in Bristol and was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. There will also be an archive store and reading room, conference and meeting spaces, play and picnic areas, and a café and shop.

Corporate and group events organisers can even arrange a special three-course meal or drinks reception beneath the wings of Concorde, which will be an unforgettable experience and an amazing photo opportunity. Back in July, HRH Princess Anne formally opened the Concorde Hangar in front of an audience of invited guests ahead of its opening to the public, and she was the guest of honour at a celebratory dinner under the suspended plane.

Education and learning will be at the heart of Aerospace Bristol. From the earliest days of powered flight to the cutting-edge technology of tomorrow, visitors will be inspired by fun, interactive exhibits.

Aerospace Bristol opens to the public on 17 October. For further information, check out the website here.