Sanctuary Wood

Sanctuary Wood, Ieper (Ypres): Address, Phone Number, Sanctuary Wood Reviews: 3.5/5

Sanctuary Wood
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StefanBraem
Antwerp, Belgium49 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Good:
- unique opportunity to walk through trenches
- photo boxes inside museum are impressive

Bad:
- zero effort spent on presentation, information and on site access
- heavy smoking odor inside cafetaria
Written July 7, 2021
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK998 contributions
Feb 2020
Poignant and atmospheric, Sanctuary Wood will stay in my memory forever. Original trenches, original shell craters, old shells, bones, rolls of rusty old barbed wire - even some of the original blasted tree stumps that were standing in 1915, now bearing moving tributes from visitors over the years. You really feel the spirit of those who fought and died here, many of them buried in nrarby cemeteries. Inside the museum is an extraordinary archive of photographic material and other items.
At the end of your visit you can pause to reflect over a coffee in the museum tearoom. Not to be missed
Written February 23, 2020
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JanetBrussels
Brussels, Belgium310 contributions
Dec 2019
Our guidebook calls this 'Superb'.

Well ... yes. The trenches are fascinating to visit to get a feel for how horrible they must have been.

But the museum is mostly a jumble of bric a brac and could really do with some interesting pieces being highlighted and their provenance told.
Written December 23, 2019
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TimSherlock
Nijmegen, The Netherlands70 contributions
Nov 2019
Visited Sanctuary Wood this last weekend as part of our trip to Ypres. The Trenches and the museum are well worth visiting, we payed 8 euros entrance p.p. which is well worth it. There is also a little cafe that is very reasonably priced compared to other places in the Ypres area.
Written November 25, 2019
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dr8484
London, UK238 contributions
Oct 2019
Now covered with trees, this would have been a bare land, yards from enemy lines, in the wooded area slightly high up. Amazing collection in the small private museum collection - perhaps a unique collection of WW1 3-d style "photos"
Written October 25, 2019
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JRLOTBC
United Kingdom137 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a very good place to come to see the trenches as they were.

The museum inside has a small interesting selection of artefacts and many photos. The photos are not censored. Some are graphic scenes of soldiers’ injuries. The photo ‘boxes’ offer 3D images from the battle front. Consider checking them first before letting children look through.

Outside is a large area of excavated trenches and tunnels. There is little alteration made. This means they are under a few inches of water in some places. Very tight squeeze in others. Plenty of sharp metal edges. The tunnels are uneven underfoot and again were very wet when we were there. Take a torch.

None of this should deter you from visiting. It is the most authentic of all the places that we visited. All of this makes for a realistic experience of aspects of trench life. No glamour or sanitising of the trenches.

A place to visit. It is one to take care in - dare not think of the risk assessment for school visits to this place.

Written October 22, 2019
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Wilf of West Yorkshire
8 contributions
Oct 2019
I have given this 5 stars, simply because if you are going to visit just one WW1 exhibit around Ypres, then this is the one you should go for, and I wanted tripadvisor to reflect that. However, for so many reasons it doesn't deserve those 5 stars. The good bit is the outdoor space which is amazing and really lets you imagine the horrors that once happened here. This is the second time I have visited and it is just as atmospheric. I visited with 2 teenage children, it also works for this age range. Smaller kids would also enjoy the trenches and passages but need to be careful of the rusting metal etc. Now the bad - you probably won't have a clue what you are looking at or walking round. There is no attempt any signage, map, guide or anything. And the museum....some might say it was haphazard, most would call it a mess - it looks like the inside of a pensioners house with a serious hoarding problem. If I went again I would consider getting on some kind of guided tour.
Written October 10, 2019
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James O
Ware, UK126 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
So overall this was the most average of all the ww1 sites we visited and for me is definitely overpriced for the shambolic approach the museum ...and I use that term loosely has. The exhibits are thrown together in no logical order and with next to no explanation it's basically a collection of random war related stuff.
The poorly photocopied 1 page handout on entry gives a good indication of what was to follow.
Staff were pretty surly as well.

On the plus side the trenches are impressive but could be so much more as again there's zero explanation of how these were used, the battle etc.. so read up beforehand or else it's just some trenches and rusting iron.

The wooden 3 d picture viewers just as you enter contain a starck reminder of the brutality of war, parents with young children may want to avoid / vet these as some of the photos are harrowing.

The cafe was ok for a coffee.
Written August 11, 2019
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Gigi
Amersham143 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We visited the museum as part of our tour. Yes, wandering through the warren of trenches was interesting but the museum was a mess.
More information is needed to contextualize the exhibits.
The photos were not suitable for younger children as they show dead bodies and carnage and there is no warning about this.
The whole place stank of cigarettes and needs a jolly good dust.
Written August 10, 2019
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Be sure to take a tour to explore the British Battle fields such as this. tiring to discover the history and details on one's own won't work. There is too much to miss in the interpretation. In Sanctuary Wood everything is still the same as it was in 1918. Many artifacts still survive for visitors to see from the fighting that took place here over a hundred years ago. Sanctuary wood is a very touching and realistic memorial to those who died.
Written July 23, 2019
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