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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Explore the historic warship, HMS Belfast

Explore the historic warship, HMS Belfast

Explore nine decks of amazing history, from the heavily protected Shell Rooms to the sights and sounds of the interactive Operations Room.

Location: The Queen's Walk, London

 
Rainy Day Activities: Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Treat the kids at Portsmouth's Action Stations

Rainy Day Activities: Treat the kids at Portsmouth's Action Stations

Let your kids loose on this indoor playground, packed with exciting activities including a ninja course and the UK's tallest indoor climbing tower.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Visit Battlefield 1403, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury

Visit Battlefield 1403, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury

Visit the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury in Shropshire and discover how it changed the course of English and French history.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 
Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

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

 
Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

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

 
Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Heroes big or small can find fun at The Tank Museum.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 
Fly high at RAF Museum Cosford

Fly high at RAF Museum Cosford

Here you can experience aviation life in wartime including the chance to see the world's oldest Spitfire.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

 
Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

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

 
Honour the war dead at the Cambridge American Cemetery

Honour the war dead at the Cambridge American Cemetery

Visit the final resting place of 3812 men and women at the Cambridge American Cemetery, the only American WWII cemetery in the United Kingdom.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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

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 history, beaches and fine art at Berwick

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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore underground history at Ramsgate Tunnels

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

 
Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Be prepared for the horrors of the deep, as you discover what life on board wartime submarines at the Submarine Museum.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

 
‘Chocks away’ in Lincolnshire

‘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

 
Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour tour

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

 
Visit the Dornier Do 17 display at the RAF Museum Cosford

Visit the Dornier Do 17 display at the RAF Museum Cosford

See for yourself conservation work being undertaken on the world’s only surviving Dornier Do 17.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

 
Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Learn the history behind the birth of the tank - the machine that broke the stalemate of World War 1 – at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
See the last operating Vulcan bomber in flight

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

 
Fly with The Red Arrows aerial team at the RAF Museum

Fly with The Red Arrows aerial team at the RAF Museum

Take a ride on The Red Arrow flight simulators or go on a low-flying mission through valleys in a Tornado Jet at London’s Royal Air Force Museum.

Location: Barnet, Greater London

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