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Address: Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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I have read the reviews on this site and can understand the negative comments which I suspect are largely due to the most recent owner of the "attraction" who died recently. I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
DonaldMurdo
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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I have read the reviews on this site and can understand the negative comments which I suspect are largely due to the most recent owner of the "attraction" who died recently. I understand that he viewed this as a cash cow for easy milking rather than a respectful preservation of a dreadful part of European history. I believe the original... More 

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Calgary
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65 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I didn't visit the museum, it was closed. However this is still a very good area to visit if you are interested in local military history. Hill 62 is just a short walk (2min) away, it and its monument are free. Being a hill, it has an excellent view and you can see how hard and how much courage it... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My review is for the museum/cafe at this memorial site. The museum (loose use of the term) has a 5 euro entrance fee and is really not worth it. We visited on a cold and wet day with a family of five. The cost did not reflect the benefit we received. I would recommend avoiding the museum/cafe if you find... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
55 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Not a great place to visit I was on an organised trip and so had no choice but to visit the attraction. There is a 5 euro entrance fee. The place is a mess like a junk yard. The museum has lots of memorbelia but very little information. This was a disappointing part of my day trip and spoilt what... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Visited this museum on an short break to Belgium. Whilst there are many items on display very little is catalogued so all becomes a little meaningless. None of the significant revenue appears to be invested in the site and you came away feeling very disappointed. Avoid and go to the display in the museum at Ypres which is a stunning... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

a worthwhile stop. The museum is small but has many interesting exhibits. Do not miss the wooden slide viewers which contain amazing and sometimes shocking photographs. Sit at one and scan through them! Really gets across the squalor and sacrifice of all the combatants. These machines are worth the visit on their own but the two disinterested girls taking ticket... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

Do not even consider visiting this. A shabby collection of junk poorly presented. The rehashed trenches looks like a very badly neglected back garden that has been dug up by someone with an interest in playing with a JCB.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

Good these trenches have been preserved, really enjoyed the visit, would recommend if you're in the area. Small cafe, nice hot chocolate. Museum interesting. Wellies advisable if ground wet as can get muddy

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Calne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I fully agree with the poor reviews on this location. Have been here twice in the past 10 years, and it has deteriorated. It's pretty grubby in the cafe area. You are greeted by a rather scruffy looking man who sits at the entrance to the museum, charging €10 a head. Once inside, it is a most cluttered museum (I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I found this museum interesting and fun! The building itself could quite honestly do with a lick of paint but artifacts inside were good. There's a lot of talk as to the authenticity of the trenches but it gives a true example of what the trenches would look like and in my opinion kids would get a great deal out... More 

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