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The Keep Military Museum

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Address: Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RN, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)1305 264066
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Unexpected gem

Having visited family a number of times in Dorchester, I have always been intrigued by The Military Museum, and on our last visit we finally had the opportunity to visit. All I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Having visited family a number of times in Dorchester, I have always been intrigued by The Military Museum, and on our last visit we finally had the opportunity to visit. All I can say is that this is a hugely impressive and well designed museum, with plenty to do for all ages. Rather like the tardis, the museum seems much... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We stopped by there this past week as the place looked as old as the United States. We sadly did not have the chance to go inside but just standing outside this iconic monument was sufficient for us. The building is still intact and has so much charisma about it. It is absolutely worth going there even just for a... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This imposing building at the top 'o' town is the home of The Rifles, previously The Devonshire & Dorsetshire Regiments who have been involved in some of the bloodiest battles the world has ever seen. A visit here will be a poignant reminder of how much we owe to these brave men. The new Curator at the museum has some... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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150 attraction reviews
357 helpful votes 357 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The Keep is an imposing fort like monument on the Bridport Road out of Dorchester. If you like military history then you can easily spend a couple of hours here. The museum is dedicated to the Devon and Dorset Regiment, and their activities in the two world wars. There are displays of uniforms, cap badges and other war time memorabilia... More 

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London
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4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A recent and excellent book on the history of the Dorsets since 1939 is called "They Couldn't Have Done Better". This describes the 2nd Dorsets' performance at Kohima in the campaign against the Japanese in India in 1944. It might equally well describe this compact but highly informative museum bursting with exhibits and information. The view from the roof is... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A superb little museum, but with a very broad remit - covering the military units of Dorset, up to and including the Devon & Dorsets of today. So lots of history packed in to a restricted area, but generally clearly displayed; occasionally you do have to peer closely - love the informative paddles, despite the temptation to beat an education... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

superb military history museum, excellently laid-out and planned across 4 floors, telling the story of British/English military engagements (and more specifically the Dorsetshire regiment) the world covering almost 500 years and more (specifically the Dorsetshire regiment). Certainly one of the best military museums I've visited and its a shame that more local people have not visited In addition it's usually... More 

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This museum is small but perfectly formed, it is spread over 3 floors and extends into the Keep itself. At the very top you can step outside and take in all the great views over Dorchester. The exhibits are well documented and some are actually hands on eg, you could pick up a rifle to feel its weight and balance... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Having spent a week in Dorchester and visiting pretty much ALL the attractions / museums. Our family voted The Keep Military Museum our favourite day out! Lots of interesting information for the grown ups to look at and lots of interesting interactive bits for the kids. Great to have some Dorset / Dorchester history in a Dorchester visitor attraction!

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Situated in the old barracks on the edge of town, The Keep is a great place to visit for anyone interested in military history.

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