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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Relive the sights and sounds of wartime Britain at Eden Camp

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

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Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Find out why Admiral Lord Nelson's body was bought back to England in a cask of Brandy, and why the water on the Mary Rose was best avoided.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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Be blown out of the water at the Museum of Naval Fire Power

Be blown out of the water at the Museum of Naval Fire Power

Find out what you would need to fight a naval battle at the Museum of Naval Fire Power.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

The Battle of Hastings in 1066 changed the course of English history forever. Explore the site and learn about history’s most famous date.

Location: Battle, East Sussex

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Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

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

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

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

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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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

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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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Experience the Blitz spirit at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Experience the Blitz spirit at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

See how Britain survived the Blitz as you negotiate this dark labyrinth of tunnels at Stockport Air Raid Shelters.

Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester

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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

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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

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Discover ghostly goings-on at Languard Fort

Discover ghostly goings-on at Languard Fort

Mix ghost hunting with bird watching along an unspoilt stretch of Suffolk’s coastline.

Location: Felixstowe, Suffolk

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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

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Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

If you're visiting Portsmouth over the holidays, visit the D-Day Museum where you'll be able to meet the men and women that took part in the landings.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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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

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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

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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

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