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The Tank Museum, Bovington

(4.8/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
With almost 300 vehicles on exhibition from 26 countries, The Tank Museum boasts the largest collection of tanks in the world. An extensive arsenal, informative dioramas, and action-packed displays spread among four exhibits bring the history of tanks and their crews to life. Learn about the conditions that led to the invention of the tank and the story of its development in context of the political and social events of the 20th century. Walk in the footsteps of a World War I soldier--from the recruiting office to the front-line trenches--and listen to the first-hand accounts of soldiers who have fought in various conflicts, most recently in Afghanistan. With our international travel planner, Wareham attractions like The Tank Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Have visited the Tank Museum many times, always see something new, never disappointed. This is a must visit when in Dorset. 
  • We visited on a dreary day. The tank museum does what it says on the tin. It has loads of tanks some of which are enormous and all of which are scary reminders of how awful war combat must be. I recal...  more »
  • As you would expect this museum is full of tanks, I mean FULL of every type from first invention to modern day. It's fascinating if you are interested in the history of warfare. There are quite a few ...  more »
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  • Had so much fun walking around and exploring. Plenty to see and learn. The show was good fun to watch and you can go for a ride in a tracked people carrier. You can't go inside many of the tanks but some have cut away sections so you can see inside. The ticket price includes an annual pass so you can go back any time within a year which we will definitely be doing.
  • Amazing museum on Tanks! Amazing set of interactive displays and all the tanks you could imagine! The World War 2 German tanks were especially awesome up close! Worth the visit! Vrry helpful and friendly staff too! Taxi from Wool station is £6 each way. Remember to get the taxis number as this is the best way to get back to Wool station if coming by train!
  • An extensive museum charting the history of the tank with a vast number of different examples on display. Some very good themed exhibits and during the summer there are live driving demonstrations. A good restaurant provides light meals and snacks including breakfast so get there early and avoid the queues!
  • Just the best day out if you like tanks. The outside show is very good and I really enjoyed it. Really good museum that is pretty interactive. Very good family day out for all ages.
  • Far bigger and more modern than we expected. Apparently rated as Dorset's #1 attraction and we can see why. My son and i visited and we easily spent 6 hours onsite. That said, we were VERY lucky and were invited to take part in the daily 1pm vehicle display in the arena. We had the pleasure of a ride in an armoured personnel carrier and had to go and capture the enemy tank. Lots of fun and a day to remember. Not many people will get to do what we did, but there are still rides available in a tracked vehicle and it was also possible to go sit in a chieftain tank on the day we visited, which we also did. A great way to get up close to and gain an insight into both the vehicles themselves and those who fight in them. All visitors also get an annual pass. A great day out, highly recommended.