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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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 the story of the Battle of Jutland at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Discover the story of the Battle of Jutland at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

To mark 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, Portsmouth will host a blockbuster exhibition on the battle and a programme of commemorative events.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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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

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Discover the stories behind the Civil War

Discover the stories behind the Civil War

Find out more about some of England’s bloodiest battles at the new National Civil War Centre in Newark-upon-Trent.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

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See the Wall’s most excavated fort at Segedunum Roman Fort

See the Wall’s most excavated fort at Segedunum Roman Fort

Roman history comes to life at this interactive museum, which has been designed for families looking for a fun and educational day out.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Stand where Churchill stood in his WWII underground bunker

Stand where Churchill stood in his WWII underground bunker

Take a private tour with the Churchill War Rooms’ director and go behind the glass into Churchill’s War Cabinet Room in London.

Location: Westminster, London

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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