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Address: Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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The outside ares was very evocative

I'm not sure I would consider this worth the entry fee - but then I am glad I saw it. To visit the trenches and see the shell holes was quite moving and helped to imagine the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Interesting to see what were original trenches and bomb craters but I guess the corrugated iron was long gone and replaced. Loads of artefacts from several wars uncatalogued and unloved left to rot and decay inside and outside. Such a sad waste and left with no respect compared to plenty of other museums. I would not recommend this place is... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Having travelled to Belgium many times and done numerous battlefield tours, ranging from Waterloo to Dunkirk, I am consistently underwhelmed by Sanctuary wood. While the trenches do offer a unique insight into the horror of conditions, the trenches are now pretty run down and dilapidated, the management need to maintain the site better. It would be nice to see a... More 

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Gloucestershire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I wanted to see some ww1 trenches, so visited Sanctuary wood. You enter via a grubby cafe with horrible odours, we only wanted to see the trenches, not museums having already visited (the amazing) Flanders Fields Museum, Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre and Tyne Cot Visitor Centre. The admission price was 8 euros per adult, which seemed steep for the area. We... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I'm not sure I would consider this worth the entry fee - but then I am glad I saw it. To visit the trenches and see the shell holes was quite moving and helped to imagine the awful devastation of this war. The museum was a little perplexing though and maybe in need of some organisation.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

An authentic trench system seemed a must during a recent trip to Ypres but I have to say that I left feeling disappointed and ripped off. First, the "museum": as many have already commented, it's nothing more than two rooms crammed full of bits and pieces loosely related to WW1. Some items may be genuine but I suspect most came... More 

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Dollar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

There is much of worth to see in the area as part of a battlefields trip (Tyne Cot and the Menin Gate are especially moving), but this should be avoided. From the grabbing of your money to the 'museum' with the vast number of irrelevant and unlabelled artefacts to the trenches with a suspect history and no explanatory signage, this... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The museum exhibits were badly maintained and haphazardly arranged. The bomb craters and trenches only vaguely suggest what life in the trenches would have been like. There's no attempt at exposition or explanation. The "best" part of the exhibit are the stereoscopic viewers, though some of those were had photos that were out of position or wouldn't focus. When working... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Sanctuary wood is odd. If you can get over the owner, the overbearing stench of cat wee and the strangeness of the place there are some interesting things to see. I've been here many times and taken many varied school groups all of which have been perplexed rather than interested. The one thing that is fabulous is the photos in... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

an amazing site to see, the remains of ww1 trenches and bomb craters is quite moving, to think what the soldiers had to go through.

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Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A little disappointed with the visit, not as original as first thought. No explanation of what happened, which would have assisted in the experience. Two WW11 artillery guns outside the museum when it's supposed to be WW1

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Address: Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  West Flanders Province  >  Ieper (Ypres)

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