Bristol’s newest attraction takes off next summer

Aerospace Bristol opens in summer 2017, telling the story of the city’s aerospace industry and giving visitors the chance to step onboard Concorde.

Designed, built and tested in Bristol, Concorde 216 was the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly.

Bristol’s newest major attraction features exhibits and archives from the earliest days of flight, when boxkite biplanes flew over the Avon Gorge, through to the two world wars, and today’s aerospace industry.

It will highlight the contribution of Sir George White, described as the grandfather of Bristol aviation, who died 100 years ago.

In 1910, he and his brother built an aircraft factory in Filton – just north of Bristol – which was one of the first in the UK.

The museum’s collection contains more than 8,000 artefacts including aircraft built in Bristol: Bristol Scout, Bristol Fighter and a Blenheim IV.

Aerospace Bristol will offer guided tours, special group rates, free coach parking and event spaces, providing drinks receptions and gala dinners under the wings of Concorde.

The museum is not yet open but is taking bookings for groups for late summer 2017 onwards.

HRH The Princess Royal is patron of Aerospace Bristol and attended a topping out ceremony for the museum last month.