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“wonderful old village left by world war 2”
Review of Tyneham

Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Wareham
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“wonderful old village left by world war 2”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

one must visit this remains of the old pretty Dorset village taken over by the army in 1943.
the old school and church are still in situ...well worth a history visit..also the cliff walks are nearby...

Visited September 2013
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Warwick, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Sad and solemn”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

We visited Tyneham recently. It is well off the beaten track but well worth going. For the village time has stood still except for the effects of the weather. The cottages have no roof, door or windows. No paint or wallpaper or any evidence of the inhabitants who once lived there except for illustrated plaques on the walls in the cottages telling you who lived there and a bit about their lives with photos. It is very quiet, sad and solemn but in a good way. There is nothing commercial there, no cafe or shop. I believe there are toilets but we didn't use them. You could take a picnic and if you feel energetic you can walk to the beach. Always check before going to make sure that it is open on the day you wish to visit as the MOD close the village for firing practice several times a year.

Visited September 2013
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Sad casualty of war”
Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

What happened to tyneham is well documented. It must have been the most idyllic little place, very isolated, miles even from the next village. The people who lived here for generations must have been as tough and resilient and self sufficient beyond belief. What it must have been like to be cut off by snow, or need emergency medical help makes your hair stand on end,yet wandering around the empty shells of what were people's homes and firesides you get a sence of how it must have been to be told that for the sake of the country, you had to up and leave. And they did it. No doubt thinking that compared to the soldiers who would be giving their lives, what was being asked of them wasn't so very much, and they could go home as soon as it was over. Which wouldn't be long. And of course, the government would take great care of their village. Hmmm. And so Tyneham lies dead in its beautiful resting place, empty shells decorated with old photographs and memories,crawling with tourists chattering and pointing, and bringing no feeling of life to this place. This task was left to the family of young women who had bought an elderly lady relation to lay flowers on the recent grave of a man who had so longed to return ,and in dying,had at last come home. Do I believe that some villagers had died from broken hearts? Absolutely.

Visited September 2013
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“a wonderful history lesson”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

I took 2 friends here as they had never been. They both thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and were amazed at the information and knowledge that they gained from the visit. Such a wonderful area to explore when the range walks are open,warbarrow bay is a lovely beach and well worth the walk. My family have enjoyed many summer days there and my children remember it with great fondness. Nice to see further work going on to restore some of the buildings. A work in progress so will return time and time again.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

A great place to visit a ghost town with a sad story to tell. The school room wasn't open this time but we will make a return visit next year. I would recommend this to anyone, so many story's so much historical value.

Visited September 2013
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