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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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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Discover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Discover 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

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‘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

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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

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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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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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Get chilled at the Cold War Exhibition at RAF Museum Cosford

Get chilled at the Cold War Exhibition at RAF Museum Cosford

The National Cold War Exhibition is the only place in the UK where you can see Britain’s V Bombers: the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

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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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Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

Come on a friendly invasion to Ramsgate? It’s the furthest south-east you can go, almost touching mainland Europe, with many wartime tales to tell.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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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

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Hear the sounds of the Civil War echo at Basing House

Hear the sounds of the Civil War echo at Basing House

Can you hear Cromwell’s army approaching? The atmospheric sound and light show in the Great Barn conveys the terror of the violent siege.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

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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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See the last operating Vulcan bomber in flight

See the last operating Vulcan bomber in flight

Aviation fans won’t want to miss the Vulcan Experience, a chance to see the world’s last flying Vulcan bomber, here at its original home.

Location: Robin Hood Airport, South Yorkshire

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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