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Took kids aged 9 and 10 to Sanctuary Wood. The museum is a mild diversion but the trenches are the real attraction, in the woods out the back. Shell holes in the woodland add to the scene and the links between main trench and OPs...More
This is somewhere you need to make your own mind up about. We visited as were staying in Ypres for the weekend. A cold autumn Sunday morning brought out the colours of the woodland, the dampness of the ground and the mud within. Made you...More
Visited Saturday 10th November which was a very busy but rainy day, atmospheric among the trees with views of the trenches. Exhibiltion and cafe limited space on busy day/poor weather. Large number of viewing machines showing photographs of the fighting front from the 1914-18 period....More
The preserved trenches with their V shape, underground communication tunnels, shell craters, were a real insight into the experience of the first war. the visitor could appreciate how vulnerable and exposed to snipers and artillery bombardment the soldiers must have felt. The attached museum adds...More
I've visited this site on numerous occasions with friends and family, my last review was scathing, under new ownership, the muesem and eating areas are now clean. Outside is as it should be largely untouched. Well worth a visit.
Seeing the remnants of the trench network, the shell holes and the pools of water, yes it had rained, something Belgium seems to have a lot of, but you do not visit these places to get a suntan. The first and for oh so many...More
Compared to in Flanders Fields this is poor value but does allow you to experience in a meagre way what the trenches were like. More poignantly you could see large holes in the ground where artillery must have hit and imagine how appalling it must...More