Midland Air Museum

Entry: Adults £5.25, five to 16-year-old £2.75, pensioners and students £4.75
Opening hours: 10.30am until 4pm
Contact: 024 7630 1033
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Best bit: Staring into cockpits of some of the earliest aircraft
Worst bit: Seeing some aircraft with their wings chopped off

Even if aircraft aren’t your bag this attraction is well worth a visit.
Partly dedicated to jet engine pioneer Frank Whittle the museum has a vast collection.
More than 30 aircraft are on show, plus hundreds of pictures, dozens of engines, missiles and even an anti-aircraft gun.
But the museum is not focused on technical detail - although there is plenty of it for those of a geeky persuasion.
The attraction tells the stories behind the exhibits in a simple enough way for children to understand … and an exciting enough way to keep them reading.
The section dedicated to Whittle is a good example of this with plenty of tales of aeronautical close shaves.
There are ladders and platforms allowing visitors to view cockpits in detail.
Getting up close to early aircraft is quite sobering. It is difficult to imagine men trusting their lives to such basic machines.
The museum is good value and visitors – including children – could easily spend a couple of hours perusing the exhibits without getting bored.

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