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“Photographs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sanctuary Wood

Sanctuary Wood
Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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Ranked #26 of 29 Attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Photographs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Loved the 3D photos which had very powerful imagery. The restored trenches were evocative and which were further supported by the bagpipes played by, I believe, the museum owner.

Visited April 2013
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Yateley, England, United Kingdom
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“Money making pit with no respect given to those who died”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

The trenches were fascinating and well preserved. The museum was run down and thrown together with no information regarding the artefacts there. The whole place could have done with a clean especially the toilets! The whole thing lacked respect to those who died there and just seemed a money making pit for the unhelpful and arrogant owners. The Belgium equivalent to the national trust or the War Graves Commision should buy them out and give this place the respect and restoration it so desperately needs.

Visited April 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Still worth a look!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The sometimes grusome 3D pictures need a little care if accompanied by very young children, but there is nowhere else you can see the real horrors of war! If you are going outside to the trenches wear wellies or boots!

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York
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“Making all he can out of others' suffering and putting very little back in”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Well, we visited 5th April 2013 on an organised tour. We paid €5 per head (discounted from €10 for our tour company).

I was appalled at the character (apparently the site owner) slouched in a chair with his hand out waiting for our cash with not so much as an "enjoy your visit" or "if you have any questions etc,etc".

I echo what others have said about the stench of cat urine that greeted you and cats on the tables people were supposed to eat off.

As Museums go this was just a collection of stuff dumped together with the least attention to what visitors want. It is evident that Mr Schier is not interested in investing money back into the "very lucrative" business. The toilets stank disgustingly and you certainly didn't feel inclined to use them.

If it wasn't for the artillery obliterated trees in the woods I would have felt completely deflated.

It is a shame these important remnants of history are not CARED for by a National Trust style official organisation rather than a private individual out to line his own pockets.

I would quite happily place €20-30 in a tray at somewhere like Tyne Cot where they respect the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The impression I got at Sanctuary Wood was that they didn't care so long as you were paying your money.

Visited April 2013
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“Avoid Hill 62, so much more to do”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Although each should make up their own mind I would implore genuine visitors to avoid if not boycott the Hill 62 Museum. It is expensive at 10 Euro, offers no advice or guidance, it displays a jumble of battlefield detritus without theme or explanation, but at least the mannequins offer a comedy moment. There is debate that the trenches are real, other have commented but my view is if real they were not front line trenches as these were on Tor Top at Hill 62. As reserve and communication trenches they seem too zigzagged, which is a characteristic of a front line trench. The riveting should be in wood rather than corrugated iron. There are much better sights to see, the museum in Types is much better. Self touring Essex Farm is much more poignant and the new visitor centre at Tyne Cot is a must see that is real and brings reality of the awful loss in sharp perspective.

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