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“Well worth a visit.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Talbot House

Talbot House
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Poperinge
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London, England
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186 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

I read about this place in "The Last Tommy Standing" by Harry Patch. It was where Toch H came into being. Soldiers of all ranks could go there to seek refuge for a few hours on their way to or from the front at Ypres. It was incredible to wander round a building and grounds that had obviously meant so much to thousands of soldiers that passed through its doors in the first world war. Take the time to visit and read some of the posters in the first section which give graphic accounts made by some of the soldiers involved and help you to understand what they went through. Tea or coffee are offered by the volunteers in the main building as a bonus but if you can make your way up to the small chapel in the roof space, you cannot help but be affected by the atmosphere in that room and you can almost see the images of the people as if their spririts linger on.

Visited August 2013
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Perth, Australia
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275 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Unexpected Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is a must see for anyone who is interested in WW1 history. It is worth searching out and is a beautifully presented museum, with the most amazingly peaceful garden area where you can sit on the patio and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee served with cake by a volunteer who generously gives of her time each year to keep alive the memories from this turbulent period of history.

Visited August 2013
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Coventry
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

A complimentary cup of tea, was very well received. We asked if they did sandwiches, which they don't normally, but the lady very generously gave us a roll with ham and cheese left over from breakfast. We were asked to give a donation, which we most certainly did. We will book to stay at Toc H on our next visit, without doubt. It was so lovely to find out that some were fortunate enough to enjoy respite from the trenches and all that went with it, for some R&R in a peaceful, tranquil, where all were equals and entitled to sanctuary, thanks to the padre. A very poignant place to visit.

Visited August 2013
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Gloucester
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83 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Peaceful oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

We found the museum part of the House very interesting, providing background information and personal details of the men who stayed there.
We were mae so welcome by the wardens who not only gave us tea but spent time with us explaining about Toc H and their role in today's society.

Visited August 2013
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Liverpool
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

I found myself in Poperinge by chance after visiting my great-grandfather's war grave at Canada Farm Cemetery just outside of the town and my unexpected visit to Talbot House turned out to be one of the highlights of my visit to Flanders.
The place has such a nice, soothing feel to it that it should be on everyone's 'to-do' list when visiting this part of the world. There is an interesting museum on the site which explains the history of the house, a beautiful garden and the house itself [with the wonderful chapel in the attic]. I was pushed for time but still managed to see it all and have a complimentary pot of tea and a slice of cake on the terrace before I left to catch my train.
You can stay here too which I hope to do the next time I visit 'Pop'.

Visited August 2013
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