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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Train yourself to the peak of physical fitness at an outdoor assault course and see if you've got what it takes, at the Royal Marines Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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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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Get back to nature at the birthplace of Capability Brown

Get back to nature at the birthplace of Capability Brown

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Britain’s first National Trail, and there is no better way to celebrate than walking the route.

Location: Kirkharle, Northumberland

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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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The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum

The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum

Discover how three of Nottinghamshire’s proud military regiments helped to shape our history at The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum near Ollerton.

Location: Nr. Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

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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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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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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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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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Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

From its rich maritime and wartime history to Otto Overbeck’s ‘electrical rejuvenator’, Salcombe is filled with historic gems.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

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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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