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Sanctuary Wood

Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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Ranked #26 of 31 attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Historic Sites
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Vancouver
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228 reviews 228 reviews
140 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited just the war memorial for Canadian WWI soldiers at Hill 62 which overlooked Sanctuary Wood, now planted with Canadian maples. It was quite a simple memorial, just a block of low granite set in a wide paved circle surrounded by lawn. An inscription in both French and English indicated the contribution of Canadian soldiers at this spot in... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I first visited this museum in 1978 whilst residing in Belgium. I have returned several times in the intervening years. On one visit in the late 1980’s the owner was extending and redesigning the trench system to his own design, curtesy of an industrial earth excavator (Do not accept the current system as being genuine). My last visit was earlier... More

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I feel privileged to have visited Hill 62, with my husband and parents and an excellent guide. If we had gone there by our own steam the place would have seemed dead, however, Bob Findley, (WW1 Battlefields Alive) look him up! brought the horrors of WW1 to life with his insight, and knowledge. I understand the owner is a bit... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

All the criticisms about "the museum" itself are well deserved. It is a chaotic collection of items, with no explanation, or consideration about how they might be presented in a meaningful. I recommend breezing past that section. What makes this museum worth the price of admission is the trenches in the back. They are definitely in rough shape, but absolutely... More

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Denbigh, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The military buffs probably enjoyed the huge array of artifacts, and whilst it's interesting to see what the trenches looked like, it was somewhat overdone and very touristy! There was none of the atmosphere that exhisted at other battlefield sites! They probably sold a few ice creams though!

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Derbys
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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31 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

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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