Travel back to the 1930s and ’40s, when Foynes played a pivotal role in establishing commercial transatlantic passenger flights. The story of the role played by Foynes in the establishment of passenger flights across the Atlantic is excitingly captured in the Museum.
The famous flying boats were frequent visitors, carrying a diverse range of people from celebrities to refugees. The award winning Flying Boat Museum recalls this era with a comprehensive range of exhibitions and memorabilia. The Maritime Museum portrays the history and personality of the River Shannon from Limerick City to Loop Head. The River Shannon is a huge feature in the history and mythology of Ireland and this new museum features some of that history.
We are located on the Wild Atlantic Way (N69 Route) along the banks of the beautiful Shannon Estuary in the lovely village of Foynes, the home of Irish Coffee.
There are many other activities to enjoy in Foynes including our woodland trails with its twisty paths, a picnic area beside the banks of the estuary and a modern playground the kids can play in.
The village is just 30 minutes from Limerick City, so why not come and spend a day in Foynes?? You won’t be disappointed!!
As the celebrated “home of Irish Coffee,” Foynes is a quaint scenic harbour village that is a recommended Wild Atlantic Way discovery point. Conveniently located just 35 minutes from Limerick City and 20 minutes from Adare town, The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum takes up residence in the building that once housed the first headquarters for aviation in Ireland.
Through this experience, travel back in time to an era when Foynes played a pivotal role in establishing transatlantic passenger flights. Walk in the footsteps of VIP’s including John F. Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway, Eleanor Roosevelt, and global movie stars such as the legendary Maureen O’Hara. Board the world’s only Boeing 314 Flying Boat replica, try your hand at flying in a flight simulator, discover Ireland’s rich maritime heritage and learn about the famous people from Foynes who shaped Irish history
End with a tasting of the history by participating in a fun Irish Coffee Masterclass!
Highlights at the museum include:
The Famous Flying Boats | the world’s First Airforce One | true ocean liner luxury
Pioneering Aviators |learn about the pilots who took on the might of the Atlantic Ocean
Flight Simulators | try your hand at being a pilot | test your flying skills
Foynes in times of War | discover what life was like during the war for the locals
Home of Irish Coffee | 3D Hologram re-enacting the night Irish Coffee was invented
Irish Coffee Masterclass | learn how to make Irish Coffee in a quaint 1940s setting
Control Tower | savour the panoramic views of Foynes and the Shannon Estuary
Hollywood Icon | exhibition of actress, Maureen O’Hara | patron of the museum
Boat Display | commercial & leisure boat displays | learn about currachs and gondola
The Discover Limerick Pass is the official sightseeing pass for the city and region of Limerick. Choose between a 1-day, 2-day or 3-day pass and get access to some of our top attractions – saving money on admission fees whilst seeing the very best of this vibrant destination.
Aras Ide, Foynes, Co.Limerick
- Open 6 days a week Mid-March to Late October
- Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-4pm
- Last entry one hour before closing