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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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

 

Listen to a survivor at the National Holocaust Centre

Visit the Holocaust National Holocaust Centre near Newark for the rare opportunity to hear from those who survived Nazi atrocities during WWII.

Location: Nr. Newark, Nottinghamshire

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Heroes big or small can find fun at The Tank Museum.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 

See Europe's largest air museum at IWM Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford is Europe’s largest air museum with over 300 aircraft and objects on display.

Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 

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

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore underground history at Ramsgate Tunnels

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

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Relive Worcester's experiences during the English Civil War

Visit the historic city of Worcester and discover the underlying heritage that tells the tale of the most supreme war story fought on English soil.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

 

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

 

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

 

Rainy Day Activities: Step into history in the Churchill War Rooms

Delve underground into Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms and uncover the secret location which housed the Prime Minister during WWII.

Location: Westminster, London

 

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

 

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

 

Honour the war dead at the Cambridge American Cemetery

Visit the final resting place of 3812 men and women at the Cambridge American Cemetery, the only American WWII cemetery in the United Kingdom.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

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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