The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum
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Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning over 100 years of history. Exploring ten powerful exhibitions, you will come face to face with almost 300 armoured vehicles. This unique collection includes the world’s first ever tank, the feared German Tiger and the modern Challenger 2. There are special events going on throughout the year at The Tank Museum including TANKFEST, Tiger Day and the Vintage Christmas Festival and Craft Fayre, as well as special activity programmes during the School Holiday.
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  • Anthony P
    27 contributions
    Amazing day out. With tanks, Tanks and more TANKS!!!
    This is an amazing day out. So much to see. Never ending. It seems you turn a corner and MORE TANKS!!!! he Tank Museum brings history to life. Just under a 500 Mile round trip and i'd be happy to do it again int he summer to see the thanks running.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 December 2022
  • Steve U
    Brisbane, Australia16 contributions
    Essential visit for military history buffs
    Outstanding museum of modern military history. The curation is first rate, with the story of the development of armoured fighting vehicles told through easily accessible snapshots of events and the personal stories of soldiers. The tanks themselves are restored and preserved in excellent condition and the chronological arrangement of advancing technology and historical context makes the experience even more meaningful for visitors. 18yo son and I visiting from Australia both found it an absorbing experience (and well worth the drive down from Surrey where we’re staying).
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Richard B
    23 contributions
    Fantastic
    The whole museum is Brilliant. A day is not enough to see everything in depth. Tanks from all ages and all wars superbly shown off. I f possible take the short guided tour the guides love what their doing and are very knowledgeable. If you like history this is the place to come. Ticket valid for twelve months.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 24 January 2023
  • Mike
    Glossop, United Kingdom563 contributions
    Many, many tanks
    You can spend a day here and still not take everything in. Lots of tanks but also personal stories and memorabilia. Ticket isn’t cheap but allows return again any time in 12 months. Reasonably cafe serving good selection of hot food.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Tiana_1103
    Tweed Heads, Australia4 contributions
    Aussies in Bovington
    It's such a wonderful museum with lovely volunteers/guides. My brother enjoyed all the tanks and tours. We did two visits (two days back to back) as we had missed some sections and tours. We had some lovely conversations with the tour guides and volunteers. Would like to see some BSL in the documentary videos.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Linda R
    Salisbury, United Kingdom627 contributions
    Tank you!
    Great place to keep visiting as they are always changing displays apart from that it is so large you need quite a lot of time to see it all. This is why is you gift aid it you can go back all year for free, a great bargain! Plenty of guides around to explain things if you want them to, otherwise they leave you alone. Great shop , full of so many things, there has got to be something for everyone. A lot of their books are at bargain prices.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
  • EnGbudd
    13 contributions
    Great day out, well worth the money.
    Absolutely fantastic day out, so many vehicles to see and read about as well as the segregated areas for different time periods/conflicts. Can easily spend half a day or more in here. Gift shop has a huge range of models, kids toys and souvenirs for a fair price. Free parking. Well worth the money.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Lucy I
    16 contributions
    Great Family Day Out
    Really great family day out - our 6 year olds really enjoyed it as did myself and my husband. There is so much to look at and lots of interactive elements for kids too. We had lunch in the restaurant which was very good. The outdoor display was great, with a very knowledgeable host.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Helen R
    Chinley, United Kingdom394 contributions
    Fabulous family day out
    What an incredible day out! I had NO idea that there were so many variations on variations of tanks! Went with husband and 2 boys (13 and 11), having bought a family ticket online. We arrived shortly before 11 and left around 4pm, totally tanked-out! Both boys in tank heaven though! Quite sure we missed a fair amount in the latter halls as just so much to read and to see. Guidebook really good value. Demo good fun; pyrotechnics basic for the grown-ups, but the boys loved it (something quite special about hearing the roar of a tank for the first time)...even arrival at the site was a thrill for them given tanks out driver-training on the road! Cafe a little chaotic, but we were there over the Easter holidays, so probably to be expected (cold cheesy chips are disgusting though!) Cannot recommend this place highly enough
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Sophie
    3 contributions
    So much to see, we'd have to visit again to see it all
    A wonderful day out, particularly good when it's wet outside. Live tank display was great, despite the rain. There is so much to see we will utilise the annual pass which comes as part of your ticket price to visit again.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2023
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David S
56 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
My family and I have been holidaying in the New Forest for the past 10 years, and every year I keep meaning to go to the Tank Museum. But my wife doesn't share my interest in the history of war and so we have never got round to going.

This year though, I took my father in law and youngest son for a day there. I have always been fascinated by both world wars, the brutality, sacrifice, and tragedy of all those that fell and the people behind them designing more innovative defences, machines, aircraft etc.

I could not believe the sheer volume of magnificent examples of tanks of all era's and territories on display, and the personal stories and other items on display that brought it all home. I have studied the history of war, seen lots of documentaries, movies, TV series, and I am familiar with the major players of the tank world. But to see all those classic tanks up close, even go inside a couple of the WW1 tanks, feel the cramped conditions, imagine the heat and noise, and the terrifying scale of them was just something else altogether.

Everything from the familiar Sherman, Panzer, Tiger, T-34, even the British Mk 1 from the first world war that I have seen on screen countless times, to the lesser known more bespoke tanks and vehicles, including prototypes that never went into production are all here.

Overall, if this is a subject that interests you, this is an absolute "must do" visit.
Written 22 November 2023
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Reinhard L
Corfe Mullen, UK8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Really enjoyed our visit. Parking marshals were a great help, the restaurant was heaving but seemed to cope well with demand. The Christmas lunch was lovely, we were quite full after that and being offered Christmas crackers was a lovely surprise.
Unfortunately some of the exhibitors of the Christmas market blocked signs explaining the exhibits; can this be taken into account for the future please?
Because I like connecting my own family history with historic events I look forward coming back on my own and taking it all in.
Written 20 November 2023
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WOLF626
Burnham-On-Sea, UK9 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Great collection of tanks and exhibitions all laid out on different display areas explore how tanks changed through the wars see how confined tanks are in interactive areas get some great photos explore traveling back to being divined up for war and travel through trench environment and streets visit battle recreations kids play area great gift shop and restaurants wheelchair friendly great for all ages .
Written 16 November 2023
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Traveltheworld
London, UK131 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Partner was keen to visit, myself, not so much. Both coming away having throughly enjoying our time! Unlike monkey world around the corner, this place has had so much investment since my last visit over 16yrs ago as a kid. I can see they have tried to take the exhibits to the next level but perhaps time to go even further?

Was sad to see no live demonstrations as I feel this would have made this visit 5/5. We did check the pamphlet to see if they had any live demos but unfortunately not.

I understand this is the tank museum but would be great to see more info points/ iPads/ videos about WW1 WW2 and current day. I was expecting so much more from the Afghan section being present day history but was a little disappointing.

Food in the cafe was nice although a little uncomfortable as the 3 gents had clearly done something to my food having watched them mouth to each other about it, laughing, making eye contact and then randomly receiving a portion of chips (complimentary)?? Hmmm.. maybe get some experienced people in rather than teens on there first job.
Written 16 November 2023
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Maidstone36 contributions
May 2023 • Business
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LOCATION AND ACCESS
Just a few miles in land between Swanage and Weymouth, just down the road from Monkey World
Very flat and accessible throughout, some tanks and exhibition areas may be difficult with mobility issues

FACILITIES AND SERVICES
Great gift shop, very interactive and informative plus the hugest site we’ve seen in years.
Lots of nostalgic set ups and audio and the whole place hits you in the heart, fantastic

FOOD AND DRINK
Well priced cafe restaurant with jacket potatoes, sarnies, other hot food and cold and hot drinks
Large seating area and private function suites available

OFFICIAL FOODTRAVELMUSICLOVE.COM RATING

In our professional opinion the Tank Museum is one of the best attractions we have reviewed in a long time, offering decent value for money and hours of enjoyment

Our official rating is 10/10, equal to a Tripadvisor rating of 5 stars.

Excellent example of an all ages attraction
Written 14 November 2023
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themaddesthatter
Oxford, England, United Kingdom112 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Whilst the range of tanks and displays are good and informative
The leaflet with the information route is not so good.we struggled to make sense of it as it didn't seem clear at all
No foot prints around the exhibition to show the route either.
It felt like we shifted around and happened across things rather than planned
Felt the restaurant was below average
More like canteen food. Looked as if it had been out In the trays a while
No salads or anything that looked inspired
Very basic sandwiches and no wraps or alterative tasty fillings
Found the self serve hot drinks..then discovered the milk was in a totally different area !! Why ??
Staff seemed bored and tables left uncleared
Eventually someone appeared to take our money at the till No smile or greeting at all
Ladies Toilet was literally just cleaned as I entered..expected to see gleaming sinks etc ..not at all... at the sink areas where left soaking wet the floor soaking wet
Looks like she had just swished a mop round and said done
Sorry..but generally disappointed with certain aspects of the visit
Written 13 November 2023
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Figment0337
92 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Visited here today. Excellent museum with lots to see and do for adults and kids. Friendly staff and very reasonably priced. Great activity for a rainy day
Written 1 November 2023
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Geoffrey W
9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is the perfect place for any tank fan. I never imagined I would see EVERY tank that i made models of oh so long ago. It was moving and inspiring to see the the sad stories of machines designed to do one thing … kill! But they were essential and in a strange way beautiful. I saw so many grandfathers talking to their eager and not so eager children. Very professional and helpful staff. Well worth the drive. Loved it!
Written 31 October 2023
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Joseph A
5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had an enjoyable day out at the tank museum. It is laid out well and most importantly, was great for all ages. I am concerned however about sustainability. The restaurant was using single use cups for the soft drink dispenser with PLASTIC straws (See last pic). I can’t remember the last I used a plastic straw. Also, the coffee cups were paper, but the lids were single use plastic. This needs to change ASAP. Apart from that, a great day out.
Written 29 October 2023
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Thomas H
Marlborough, UK16 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Excellent day out with 4 year old, 8 year old and 73 year old! So much to see and do to keep everyone happy. Very friendly and helpful staff. Nice restaurant or loads of picnic tables.
Written 24 October 2023
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The Tank Museum, Bovington

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The Tank Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00