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Sanctuary Wood

Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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Ranked #27 of 31 Attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Historic Sites
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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited this during a week walking the Ypres Salient. The museum is just beyond a beautiful and tranquil war cemetery and just before the Canadian monument at Hill 62. You would be better to do both of those and avoid the museum. The €10 entrance fee is excessive and far beyond other, better museums. The whole place is dirty,... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I thought very hard before writing a poor review. Having seen many WW1 sites (Verdun is a must) I was taken aback at how expensive this was and how it didn't live up to its billing. I have walked in reforested trenches that convey their sober story, but I felt nothing here. That really bothered me because this site is... More

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Thailand
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91 reviews 91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It's a fascinating site and I'm not really sure why people seem dissatisfied. The trench area seems relatively authentic so although you need substantial footwear when it rains, it would seem sacrilegious for it to be more sanitized. This museum is commemorating a war that was a jumble of mud, trenches, gas, and fighting dirty, literally and figuratively, a time... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a poor museum and not worth the money. But, they have trenches that you can walk around and that for kids is brilliant. So if you have kids, pay the money and let them walk around the trenches, if not give it a miss. Don't forget to pay your respects at the cemetery.

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Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

As you go to Hill 62, you would see that the new owners have changed the price from 10 to 8 euros for a small amount of people. If you go with coaches or in groups, the price is cheaper. As the museum represents the first world war, they have decided not to make it modern and keep the old... More

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Having taken so many school groups to Ypres over the last 15 years I have watched with sadness as this once important element of the Ypres story has deteriated to the point at which it is now doing more harm than good to the memory of those who fought and died and also the essential educational role for a new... More

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Dallas, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I can see why some folks have less than stellar reviews -- but this place is such a magnificent treasure-trove of artifacts, I have to highly recommend it if you're a serious WWI student. The trenches are definitely not a "sanitized" experience -- bring your mud boots! The craters, the surviving tree stump, the mud, etc all make for a... More

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I agree with most of the reviews here that the "museum" is all a bit random and unexplained (and very smelly!) It feels more like a querky junk-shop. The old-fashioned 3D photograph viewing devices are fascinating, however, and the images deserve a lot of attention. The trenches themselves at the back certainly give a clear sense of what it must... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our first stop on our 'All quiet on the Western front' Battlefield tour, Sanctuary Wood and the hill 62 Museum was a gentle introduction. The small museum, a little 'fusty', contained some interesting artifacts, but the trench system outside made the visit worth it, and gave you an idea of the uncomfortable conditions of the time. Advise wearing good leak-free... More

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was my son (9) and my first stop on a mini tour of museums and memorials in the area, we had no real expectations and we fully enjoyed our visit. Following this we visited museums that were more informative, better laid out, more professional and better value BUT when I asked my son afterwards which one he preffered this... More

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