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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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit as there are some interesting artefacts. The trenches are interesting and give you an idea of layout and how muddy and uncomfortable it must of been. It is very muddy and wellies are a must as the clay will be difficult to remove.

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bristol
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This site is now one of the few places on the Ypres Salient battlefields where an original trench layout can be seen in some semblance of what it might have looked like. Well worth a visit to see real trenches and a museum where a large number of artifacts, uniforms, pictures and other remnants of the war can be seen.... More

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I can see how this would disappoint some, but oddly it really worked for us! Its quite higgledy piggledy and has LOADS of exhibits stuffed into a small museum. If you take time to stop and look carefully there are some amazing things there. The 3D photo viewing boxes were interesting - some of the photos were traumatic - but... More

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Hampshire, England
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40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This is a review of the Hill 62 museum and trenches, not the Canadian war cemetery. As parents, this is the place we were least impressed with (totally underwhelmed, in fact) but our son did enjoy it. We started to go, saw the placed and withdrew, but the lure of the trenches was too much for our son and we... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Review on the Museum and shop - the War Graves Memorial was excellent. Considering that this area means such a lot to so many people and is a part of history, we were very disappointed at the way in which the whole museum complex had been maintained - or not maintained! The viewing boxes, in which 3D photographs were displayed,... More

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Belfast
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31 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

The memorial to the Canadian dead is impressive in ints simplicity and worth a visit but the museum was very disappointing. The trenches were in among trees which was not the case when they were built so they looked out of place. The indoor museum had lots of interesting artefacts but they were all thrown together in a terrible mish... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is probably the most commercialized of all the sites on the salient. It is quite expensive and I suspect not all the features are genuine. I would recommend you visit the sita as it was an important action that took place there and there is much to see but don't pay, it is not worth the expense. If you... More

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Texas
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3 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Here is what this cafe is - a piece of history in its own right not just because of the trenches, but because it dates from the initial wave of "world war 1 tourism" that began in the 1920s. We would be very put out if it was all modernized and transformed because there is very little left of this... More

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UK
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94 reviews 94 reviews
59 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is hideous, its a house and a riffy looking cafe that has in its grounds the trenches of Sanctuary Wood. The museum which fills the house is an appallingly maintained collection of WWI ephemera, uniforms, shells, barbed wire, recruitment posters, horrific photos and any & everything else you can imagine. The whole place has a vague smell of cat... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Crazy place! Someone's collection of WWI material, this museum (use the word loosely I think) is somewhere between a treasure trove and a nightmare. The stereo viewers were incredible and to be frank it is worth visiting for those alone. The trenches outside were no doubt manufactured but the landscape appears genuinely damaged by shells. The museum is housed in... More

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