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

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 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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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 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

 
Experience Worcestershire’s WWI commemorations

Experience Worcestershire’s WWI commemorations

Worcester launches one of England’s largest programmes of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

 
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

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

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

 
Meet Normandy veterans at The D-Day Story

Meet Normandy veterans at The D-Day Story

Visit The D-Day Story in Portsmouth and you may be able to meet some of the men and women who took part in the Normandy Landings.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

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

 
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

 
Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Commemorate the First World War with a cultural holiday in Brighton and Hove, roaming around the city’s lively cultural quarter.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
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

 
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

 
Discover Danebury mysterious Iron Age world

Discover Danebury mysterious Iron Age world

Danebury is perhaps the most extensively studied Iron Age hillfort in Europe. Its intriguing finds can be found at Andover’s Museum of the Iron Age.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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