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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See Europe's largest air museum at IWM Duxford

See Europe's largest air museum at IWM Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford is Europe’s largest air museum with over 300 aircraft and objects on display.

Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
Relive Worcester's experiences during the English Civil War

Relive Worcester's experiences during the English Civil War

Visit the historic city of Worcester and discover the underlying heritage that tells the tale of the most supreme war story fought on English soil.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

 
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

 
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

 
Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Get an insight into the wars and conflicts that have shaped both England and the world at the Imperial War Museum North.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
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

 
See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See a history lesson come to life at the Battle of Bosworth Field in Leicestershire, where King Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life.

Location: Near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

 
See aviation history come alive at RAF Manston

See aviation history come alive at RAF Manston

Manston, Kent is home to not one but two museums dedicated to aviation history and one of the few remaining wartime Spitfires

Location: Manston, near Ramsgate, Kent

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

Located on a former Second World War airfield, Newark Air Museum is the ideal place to find out about the history of aviation.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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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