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“Museum very good but expensive”
Review of Sanctuary Wood

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Trenches excellent as not over restored which helped to give some feeling of what they were like. Interesting artefacts and some excellent photos.

Felt some information boards would be beneficial. Entrance fee a bit high at 10 euros.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We were heading for the The Great War Cemetery here. It was indeed a most peaceful site. Such Great care had been taken by the War Graves Commission. We walked a short distance to the shop, cafe, trenches and museum. We had a lovely cheese roll, reasonably priced. Expensive to pass through the barrier into the "museum". However we were blown away by the peacefulness combined with the disorganisation of this site.We could actually touch and feel the exhibits. We had visited the WWI graves and cemeteries, i.e. Tyne Cot, on an organised tour the day before. We had come to this site to pay our respects to a close relation who is remembered in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Stopped going here some time ago because of Health and Safety issues with the school groups I take there in my capacity as a battlefield guide. Not visited in a year. However, my party insisted and off we went. Nothing had been done to improve the facilities since my last visit 2 years ago, Its still a scrap metal yard!! The toilets are dreadful and smell awful!! Its also very expensive for what it offers. Would try and avoid at all cost

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Sanctuary Wood is a very different experience to many of the other museums and preserved battlefield sites. Don't expect high standards of visitor service, or cleanliness, or interpretation of exhibits, but be prepared to be moved by the feeling of close contact with the past.

The museum is privately run by the family on whose land the trenches were first dug. How original they are is up for discussion, but if you want an idea of what the trenches were really like, then this is closer than the places with concrete sandbags and the like.

It's not cheap (cost 45 Euro for 2 adults and four students) but you can spent quite a bit of time there if you look at everything. I've never dared eat or drink there, but the facility is available.

Most of the items on show appear to have been collected straight off the battlefield, or were even created there in the case of the many examples of "war art". Of great interest are the 3-D viewers with battlefield images - these are often very gruesome, and pull no punches whatsoever; they are the unvarnished truth of the Great War, and are fascinating for that reason.

Sanctuary Wood will always be controversial, but I think it is worth visiting if you have an idea what to expect.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This p[lace needs to get a grip of itself. The most expensive in the area it is filthy, smelly and the owner is disgraceful. Unfortunately the site still has the reputation of being somewhere where you can see genuine trenches in their correct setting. Can I suggest a trip across the Menin Road to the Hooge Chateau where for 1 Euro you can access a trench system and immediately down the road towards Ypres is the most excellent Hooge Museum (opposite the cemetery) - combine the 2 visits and take in the large cemetery and you still haven't spent as much as at the Sanctuary Wood Museum. The thing that really put me and my 2 colleagues who visited off was the 'Display' in the old house - a 1980's childs doll and what appeared to be a tourist Spanish Doll alongside some interesting relics that were un titled and just thrown into a room and onto a bed.

Frankly the owner should be ashamed of himself that, as the 100th anniversary of the start of the war looms around the corner he is ripping people off and making a fortune. I challenged him about the entry price and he said it was a very good museum - I challenged him on that as well but he seemed too intent of grabbing the money from the next group of tourists while lounging in his leather chair. Some more respect for those who fought there should be demonstrated.

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