Military history

Military history

Enthusiasts can enjoy the sights and sounds of battlegrounds and warfare from the safety of a warm and welcoming visitor centre and military museum. There are lessons in everything from the difference between a cutlass and a broadsword, the evolution of the suit of armour to the use of cannons in moorland battles. You can even learn about the development of the supersonic jet fighter. Military re-enactments offer a spectacular opportunity for the amateur historian who longs for the past to be brought to life complete with the whiff of gunpowder in the air.

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Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Take a walk around Steel Rigg and Crag Lough to see how the Romans used the natural landscape to maximise the strength of the Empire's frontier.

Location: Steel Rigg, Northumberland

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore history at Winchester’s Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and the various battles fought throughout history at Winchester’s six Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

See the last operating Vulcan bomber in flight

Aviation fans won’t want to miss the Vulcan Experience, a chance to see the world’s last flying Vulcan bomber, here at its original home.

Location: Robin Hood Airport, South Yorkshire

 

Discover history, beaches and fine art at Berwick

One of England’s most dramatic walled towns, handsome Berwick-upon-Tweed sits at the most northerly tip of Northumberland.

Location: Berwick, Northumberland

 

Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Once Britain’s best kept secret, this major visitor attraction was also the filming location for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Location: Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 

Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Viking raiders used Northey Island as a base during the Battle of Maldon in AD991. Today it’s a lot more tranquil...

Location: Northey Island, Essex

 

Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites and the views and Roman remains are spectacular.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

 

Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Explore Roman life along the most magnificent of Rome’s great frontiers set in the dramatic landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

 

Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Looking for an immersive and cheap experience? Use mobile technology to delve into the past with Lincoln’s free digital Roman Trail app.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

Relive the sights and sounds of wartime Britain at Eden Camp

Be transported back through time from an ex-POW camp in Malton, North Yorkshire, to life in wartime Britain on both the home front and on the front line.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 

Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Train yourself to the peak of physical fitness at an outdoor assault course and see if you've got what it takes, at the Royal Marines Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore underground history at Ramsgate Tunnels

Take a step back in time to discover what life was like in this network of underground tunnels, home to thousands of people during the Second World War.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

 

Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

Learn about the first Military Air Academy in the world and discover its aviation history dating back to World War 1.

Location: Cranwell, Lincolnshire

 

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating and unique collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

Tens of thousands of proud Lancastrians perished in the Great War, whose experiences in the trenches are brought to life at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

 

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

 

Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour tour

Get closer than ever to the Royal Navy's ships on a 45 minute guided boat tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

‘Chocks away’ in Lincolnshire

Discover East Lincolnshire's extensive aviation heritage and experience the sights, sounds and smells of wartime Britain.

Location: Spilsby, East Lincolnshire

 

Learn about the bravery of England’s World War II heroes

A story of daring exploits and courageous acts, as commemorated along Hayling Island’s WWII heritage trail.

Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire

 

Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

From its rich maritime and wartime history to Otto Overbeck’s ‘electrical rejuvenator’, Salcombe is filled with historic gems.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

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