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Sanctuary Wood

Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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Ranked #25 of 29 Attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Historic Sites
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you can imagine a farmer whose fields were destroyed by 2 armies digging trenches and the firing tonnes of munition at each other. By the end of the war his property is full of the debris of war, shells, bullets, helmets rifles..... The farmer leaves some of the trenches in tact (warning: still full of mud, take your wellies)... More

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Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the site as a tour. Loads of kids running around playing in the trenches. The trenches are shored up with old steel sheet . Bomb craters still seen. The museum of artifacts was the best and worth spending time waking around. Better examples of trenches are found elsewhere. Still it's humbling to see these poor conditions the troops... More

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Ashburton, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Unlike some 'modernised' museums this is rather unsophisticated in its presentation but for all that very impressive, memorable and moving. The walk through the preserved trenches is a unique experience. It is not a bad idea to bring wellington boots for this as it really can be muddy. Hard though to imagine living in a muddy trench though. Good basic... More

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Pwllheli, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

One of the best kept museums relating to WWI. Good parking and a reasonable entry fee. Adjacent is Hill 62 (Canadian Memorial). This has trenches you can venture through and around and a quality tea room attached. It has excellent facilities. Be sure to look at the museum in the grounds as it could easily be overlooked. The old style... More

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Anthem, Arizona
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136 reviews 136 reviews
55 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Around Ypres and the Somme there must be hundreds of WWI historic sites to visit. One could spend weeks exploring them all, but if time is short and you must pick only a few, this site should make your short list. The hill itself is a solemn memorial to the horrors and sacrifices that occurred here now a hundred years... More

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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

As part of my book research I visited Sanctuary Wood Cemetary and, wanting to turn my car around, I bumped into this 'museum' a hundred yards up the road. The outside sitting area was full of Brits 'doing the Salient'. I got into conversation with some of them, and asked if they thought it was worth the money (now €8,... More

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You cannot deny the eeriness of the trenches, tunnels and gunfire damaged tree stumps out the back, but the museum was thrown together, unorganised and confusing. Very expensive entrance fees which left a bitter taste in the mouth. We visited many other sights and museums in ypres which provided greater value for money (some free) and a better experience.

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not surprised to see the mixed reviews here. This one for me was a clearly famous site, and we landed upon it fairly early on along a cycle route around the sites of Ypres Salient, so we went in. Criticisms are deserved, it is an unkempt, unordered, poorly maintained museum and with very very little in terms of any explanations... More

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Diss, United Kingdom
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220 reviews 220 reviews
124 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We were taken here as part of an organised coach trip for a lunch stop where we were allowed to eat our packed lunches at the picnic tables or purchase food from inside as our original stop a couple of miles away on the main road, which looked liked it probably had a better museum, was full. We were led... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

I was rather disappointed with this place having come from hooge crater museum which was excellent to this was a let down. Save your money and go somewhere else

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