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The Keep Military Museum

Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RN, England
+44 (0)1305 264066
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Ranked #5 of 23 Attractions in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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11 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I think I was expecting too much of this museum, since it has so many good reviews (some of which were from reviewers with young children). It is a very 'traditional' museum, with loads of exhibits displayed in glass fronted cabinets and very occasional interactive displays. I have visited museums and stately homes with my children before and they *can*... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Not in the least bit dull, tv screens around the museum showed informative films about events and campaigns. Plenty of seating around the displays. One of the staircases had a display about the use of cartoons etc. to reflect aspects of army life and life in wartime, don't miss this by using only one staircase.

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Portsmouth
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

This place is full of interesting history from the regiment from it's inception. There are lots of stories and medals from many conflicts and the view from the roof is spectacular. Definitely worth a look.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A fascinating museum for all things military. The view from the top of the tower was breathtaking. Lots of interesting things to see and paddle boards next to the exhibits gave deatils of the displayed items. The car parking space was a bit limited.

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Eastcote, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Had not initially plannned on coming here but the lady in Dorchester tourist information centre recommended that we should go . Very glad that we did . It has an impressive collection of medals, flags, weapons, uniforms from the late 1700's onwards. It mentioned conficts that I had forgotten that we were in . One of the most extraordinary obects... More

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