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“Tyneham, a village lost.”
Review of Tyneham

Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Wareham
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South West England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Tyneham, a village lost.”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We spent a lovely morning at Tyneham. Only the church and school have protective roofs, all the other buildings are essentially derelict, but the history is told in each building with plaques of detailed historical facts on the buildings and people who lived there. It is an idyllic place, very isolated and it makes you think if you lived there now it would be perfect, a wonderful place to live! - No roundabouts, theme park rides, but lovely walks, historical, very picturesque and well worth the visit!

Visited March 2013
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A fascinating abandoned village”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was a fascinating place to explore, especially because there were no "museum staff" or "Do Not Touch" signs, so we really felt the villagers had only just left. The schoolroom is even set up ready for the children's next day. It's also a pleasant drive to get there, and a good walk down to the coast, with some wonderful views.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Adam T
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Chillaton, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“A blast from the past”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Tyneham Villagers were told to evacuate the entire village and surrounding farms by the Government in 1943 as the military wanted to use the area for training, particularly tanks. They were assured they would be able to return to their village after the war ended but that just never happened. Most of the village has fallen into disrepair but as you walk into each building (most have no roof or windows), there is information on the wall telling you what the cottage was called and who occupied it from late Victorian times to when they were evacuated. There are old photographs and information about the occupants which is very interesting. There is the Shepherd's Cottage, the Labourer's Cottage, the old Post Office, the Shool Teacher's cottage, The Gradener's cottage etc. There are two buildings which are in tact and are being preserved. One is the school house which is fascinating. The clothes pegs have the names of the last children to frequent the school and work is laid out on the benches as if the children have just gone out to play. Spookily, the current date was written on the blackboard! The church has also been preserved and I understand they still hold occasional services there. Again, inside the church there are photos and information galore. When I was there the surrounding area was full of snowdrops and because the whole village has been left in a time warp, wildlife abounds. It was a bit sad to know that the villagers were not allowed to return and some of them campaigned for years to be allowed to do so - but, as a snapshot in time, it is certainly worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Christine R
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Poole, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A really interesting and unique place.”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

The village is truly frozen in time and it is interesting to see it in the same condition (almost) as it was when it was abandoned.
It is set in some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset.

1 Thank Jane S
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A place full of history”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Worth the drive through the country lanes to find this village literally left in WW2. Sympathetic restoration to time parts and great information boards give a great educational value to the visit!

Bringing an understanding of the war years to my children was an important part of our visit. The church was lovely and the school rooms a great example of how children would have been educated.

You need not spend hours here but it is worth a visit!
Note - the car park has a voluntary donation box! Please pay a little towards your visit as the village is free to look around!

Visited August 2012
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