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“Surprisingly interesting, well presented”

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
Ranked #2 of 72 things to do in Winchester
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Owner description: One of Winchester's five superb Military Museums telling the story of 250 years of campaigning for peace by The Royal Green Jackets and their former regiments, the 43rd and 52nd (The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry), the 60th (The King's Royal Rifle Corps) and the 95th Rifles (The Rifle Brigade). An outstanding collection of uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings and medals set over two floors. The exhibition on the first floor, entitled 'With the Rifles to Waterloo', opened in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the 25 square metre model of the battle with light and sound commentary. The museum is situated in Peninsula Square, formerly the barracks and the home of the Rifle Depot.
Reviewed July 27, 2014

This museum is versatile and surprisingly interesting for the non-military-enthusiastic (such as myself) as well. Unlike some of the other Winchester military museums it has an entrance fee, but it was rather tolerable (a few pounds). There is an extensive collection of items on display and lots of historical background to tie the story of the regiment to the history of the Imperium. Also models and other interest pieces to keep the children interested. The large model of the Waterloo battle is impressive.

Our two boys particularly loved the end where you get to try on real gear of the troops currently in Afganistan and have mum take photos of you sitting on an army motorbike sporting a soldier's helmet and equipment vest. The final section of current operations in Afganistan also had a very tasteful reminder of casualties - no gory pictures to scare the children, but solemn photo of a funeral which provided us with a good starting point to a talk about how it's not so cool to be a soldier after all.

Thank JanR_Helsinki
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place is within the centre of Winchester. My bf took me here as it's where he used to be housed in the barracks when he was in the army. The museum itself is fascinating, a must if you like history and war. It's not that big but for me it was lovely to see a bit of my bf past as he showed me around and saw his name being amongst the rifle recruits list. They charge very reasonably.

1  Thank dragon2x
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

The long history of military activity associated with the UK is covered here. Very complete and thorough, well laid out, and well presented. One of the better military museums, especially in presenting the infantry and its major contributions. A must for a history buff. The Waterloo diorama is outstanding and provides a good overview of the battle. Entry charge is very reasonable.

1  Thank FunnyAnimal
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

A very well laid out military museum. A huge amount of information to take in , probably too much for one trip. The displays are well presented and clearly labelled.

Thank Dinah L
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Often visit here. The staff are consistently friendly and welcoming. The food is simple but well presented. I particularly like the paninis - always presented with a small side salad and dressing. Very reasonably priced too. A place where the staff are pleasant and seem to value your custom. Highly recommended if you're at the top of town. Pity they're not open during the weekends.

Thank johnrobert2011186299
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