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.

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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Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

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

 
Discover spooky tunnels at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Discover spooky tunnels at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Hear the echoes as you head deep into the dark tunnels of this unique Victorian Fort, poised for attack from a French invasion.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Fly a helicopter at Action Stations

Fly a helicopter at Action Stations

Pilot a Merlin helicopter nicknamed the "frigate in the sky" through true-life scenarios in a full-scale replica cockpit at Action Stations.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
See the Roman military come to life at the Roman Army Museum

See the Roman military come to life at the Roman Army Museum

See Emperor Hadrian's astonishing military vision brought to life at this family-friendly gallery.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

 
‘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

 
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

 
Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

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

 
Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard this summer and you'll find a new addition to its amazing maritime collection.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Take a tour of Hadrian’s Wall and hidden Cumbria

Take a tour of Hadrian’s Wall and hidden Cumbria

Spend the day discovering the Romans’ most significant monument in Britain, Hadrian’s Wall, and some of Cumbria’s most scenic spots.

Location: Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria

 
Experience the life of a Royal Marine

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

 
Listen to a survivor at the National Holocaust Centre

Listen to a survivor at the National Holocaust Centre

Visit the Holocaust National Holocaust Centre near Newark for the rare opportunity to hear from those who survived Nazi atrocities during WWII.

Location: Nr. Newark, Nottinghamshire

 
Unearth the amazing Civil War stories of Basing House

Unearth the amazing Civil War stories of Basing House

Basing House was the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

 
Explore Hartlepool’s exciting maritime history

Explore Hartlepool’s exciting maritime history

Seafaring types, don’t miss Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, where you can explore the world’s oldest floating warship and much more.

Location: Hartlepool, North Yorkshire

 
See infamous military aircraft at Imperial War Museum Duxford

See infamous military aircraft at Imperial War Museum Duxford

Experience the world of aerial warfare at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
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, Buckinghamshire

 
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

 
Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

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

 
Uncover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Uncover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Discover a gruesome past in a castle ruin, and explore the fall of Old Wardour Castle.

Location: Wardour, Wiltshire

 
Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

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

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