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Sanctuary Wood

Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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Ranked #28 of 31 Attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Historic Sites
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Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The museum itself was rather small and eccentric with little room to look around, but outside the trench displays were brilliant. You could walk through them and over the top and even through a long trench tunnel; it really gave you an idea about what trench life was really like. I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Sanctuary wood was a very important front line for the British and Canadian forces and the trenches and shell craters that remain today provide a harsh insight into what life might have been like for those who served and gave their lives here. Very thought provoking. The entry charge is a bit high but there is a basic bar and... More

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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Overall, rather disappointing considering the historical importance of the site. The museum is expensive, 10 Euros, and has a totally haphazard arrangement. The exhibits are not labelled or positioned with any particular thought - some aspects are almost laughable such as the female window mannequins with drawn-on moustaches and stuck-on beards!! A shame this was a bit of a let-down... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I tend to agree with both the positive and negative reviews on the site about this place. It is a bit run-down, a bit eccentric, everything is displayed in a haphazard way but I liked all of that. I thought the museum had some very interesting things on display - all very random with no organisation to speak of but... More

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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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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