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Sanctuary Wood

Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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Ranked #25 of 31 attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Historic Sites
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Derbys
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Was so pleased we went to visit hill 62 ,it was a interesting place and hard to believe that it was a scene of horror. You could even walk through the trenches as well . The museum has a good collection too and the picture boxes really made you think, some of the images are very clear and graphic. The... More

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Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
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5 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Read some of the other vacuous reviews - of course it's wet - it's a trench in Flanders, didn't you look at the old photos? Worth looking at are the wooden picture boxes (not for the squeamish either). What is really good here is that you get a sense of what happened to those poor guys 100 years or so... More

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BROMLEY
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A very messy attraction if you want to sample the Trenches ( Take your Wellies ! ). Has a rather musty and damp ambiance although Trenches and some Museum artefacts are worth seeing. Younger people need to take care as some parts of the Trenches could result in Cuts and Bruises , unless sufficient care is maintained. A popular venue... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is a pretty random place. We took a school trip here and they absolutely loved being able to get in the trenches and using tunnel system. Make sure you take some walking boots or wellies as it gets pretty water logged and muddy. As previously mentioned in other reviews there are several graphic images which you should warn children... More

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manchester
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It may seem expensive to get in and on entering you will be in a small room which has a fusty "old museum" smell similar to the medeival room at Liverpool art museum. However, there is a great deal more to see. The trench system, the artifacts and the original blown-up tree remains and craters in the woods are amazing,... More

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Melbourne
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196 reviews 196 reviews
82 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Sanctuary Woods is a museum and where to view the trenches. The museum has a lot of things in it from buttons, bullets, bombs, guns etc. There are a lot of pictures on the wall and they have about 15 picture viewing boxes where you turn the handle to see the next picture - I really liked these. Outside, you... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I will be honest I hated it for a number of reasons. I am not being rude but the bloke who ran it had dreadful B.O. that permutated the museum, the owner was also very aloof and rude to customers. Now, as the rest of the lads in the NMBS will say, I love cats, but the museum stinks of... More

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Mons, Belgium
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This small museum is worth a short visit if you are in the area. The set up is strange and feels more like a collector's hobby rather than a full fledged museum. The price is high for what you get and I think the experience would be better if there was interpretation. The museum set in an old house felt... More

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Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was fantastic, great museum and outside you can walk along a preserved trench and really get a feel for what life on the front and in the trenches was really like.

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is not a museum for everyone. It has a hickedly pickedly feel and there is very little interpretation. I like the chaotic feel but its not to everyone's taste. I like the feeling that much of the exhibits, particularly the photos, have not been shared with the rest of the world very much, so that you see images that... More

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