Walk in the Footsteps of Pioneering Aviators & Hollywood Icons in the Birthplace of Irish Coffee

New €4.6 million Museum due to open June 2023 – please see website for updates

The award-winning Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum excitingly captures the unique story of how Foynes was once the centre of the aviation world through a comprehensive range of informative displays & interactive exhibits. Walk in the footsteps of JFK, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt & many other dignitaries, movie stars & refugees who landed in Foynes during World War II.Visitors have the once in a lifetime opportunity to board the world’s only Boeing 314 Flying Boat and to try their hand at being a pilot on our new flight simulators.

An exclusive Maureen O’Hara exhibition is dedicated to preserving the memory of Ireland’s most iconic movie star. It showcases her personal memorabilia, including her 2014 Academy Award. Her husband, famed aviator Charles Blair, flew flying boats into Foynes from 1942 to 1945 and Maureen officially opened the Flying Boat Museum on the 8th July 1989.

Step back in time to 1943 & watch a 3D Holographic show recreating the night Chef Joe Sheridan invented Irish Coffee. Taste an original Irish Coffee in O ‘Regan’s Restaurant which offers home baked cuisine in a beautiful 1940’s setting.

Explore the history of the river Shannon by visiting the Maritime Museum & savour the panoramic views of the Shannon Estuary from the top of the Control Tower.

2023 will bring about a new €4.6 million development featuring:

·        expanded Maureen O’Hara exhibition

·        premium 100-seater cinema

·        re-imagined aviation museum

·        new conference/gala venue… and much more!

Foynes is nestled along the banks of the Estuary, a recommended Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point.

  • Aviation Museum, Maritime Museum & Control Tower
  • Maureen O’Hara Exhibition
  • 1940’s style cinema showing an original film on Foynes
  • Taste an original Irish Coffee in the place it was created
  • 1940s style Restaurant recreating the ambiance of bygone days
  • Board the world’s only life size replica of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat
  • Tourist Information Point


  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2022
  • TripAdvisor ‘Travellers Choice’ Award 2022
  • General Sports & Aviation Award, presented by the Irish Aviation Authority
  • Award of Excellence presented by CIE International Tours

Open Tuesday to Sunday from June 202310:00h-17:00h

Up-to-date hours can be found here

Last admission:  1 hour before closing

Admission Rates Apply
Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Free leaflets available in English and an audio-visual presentation available in 8 different languages.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: The Museum Restaurant offers freshly prepared and home-baked cuisine in a beautiful 1940s style setting.

SHOPPING: Gift shop selling a wide range of aviation souvenirs and bespoke gifts.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.

ACCESSIBILITY: Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.

GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.


  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
  • TripAdvisor ‘Travellers Choice’ Award 2015
  • General Sports & Aviation Award, presented by the Irish Aviation Authority, 2015
  • Award of Excellence for 2014 presented by CIE International Tours
Getting There

On N69, 37 km from Limerick City and 64 km from Tralee

Map Location: 52.611676, -9.109737
Contact Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum

Foynes, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Eircode: V94 T6C1
T: +353 (0)69 65416
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