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Tank Museum in Dorset

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A great day out for all ages, with an interesting and fun way to explore the past

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG
On site restaurant.
Adult: £13 Child (5-16): £7.50

The tank museum in the last few years has quite literally blown its way onto the map and into Dorset’s heart.


The museum boasts an array of different tanks from wars past and present ,it’s a humbling experience to show what our boys are going through now with the new Afghanistan experience. The exhibition shows how the newly modern camps compare to those in the 1940’s. A whole host of new vehicles including desert tanks are on display to highlight the difference in structure and sound to see how we’ve come along way in design and practicality.


There is plenty to see and do of all ages from those who experienced the first and Second World War to those who have loved ones fighting now. The museum is perfect to educate young ones to show how people fought for our freedom, there are various ways to get them included and make learning fun.


The trench experience is a must with part of the museum being designed into world war trenches and the conditions faced during the most testing of times. The best part is the amount of interactivity for those visiting, with the chance to go inside tanks and how you’d be able to handle old school military uniform in the dress up areas.


Those who visit in the summer are set to have their socks blown off, with hourly live tank exhibitions with guns and explosions!


Best time to visit for those who want a more relaxing quieter time is January to early June; the best for more quality for money is 27th June-august when the award winning tank fest returns. The tank fest runs between 27th June -28th June with it being jam packed with action, tank shows and rides for the children. Tickets for the show sell fast as expected, tickets price at around £23.50 for a standard ticket. Top tip for a slight discount offers are available with online purchases retailing at £20 whilst still obtainable.


Everyone is guaranteed to leave this museum having learned about the past, the obstacles overcome and the troubles that still lie ahead for some. A great day out for all families and those who just love to learn new things!

Opening hours

Open daily from 10.00-17.00. Closed Christmas day, open as usual for bank holidays.

How to get there

Is in walking distance of Wool station, located on the mainline between London waterloo and Weymouth.