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“Walk in the steps of WW1 soldiers”
Review of Talbot House

Talbot House
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Poperinge
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

A family trip to Talbot House in Poperinge Belgium with children in early teens; an excellent on site museum with hand held computerised info for kids and adults, along with short excerpts from those with living memory, and films of the period. It is possible to stay at Talbot House, the accommodation is simple and clean, the hospitality is we what we would assume was enjoyed by our forefathers while getting some R&R. Run by friends of Toc H club which began at Talbot House. Superb breakfast and atmosphere. Walk in the steps of soldiers who visited Talbot House during the Great War.
Poperinge has a large market square with accommodation and places to eat and drink, the "Killing Post" at the site of the prison for soldiers who were assumed to be guilty of some misdemeanour is now a small museum.
Ypres is only a short drive away also with an excellent interactive museum and of course the Menin Gate ceremony at 8pm each day. Paschendale museum also a short drive away.
Drive up to Hull for overnight Ferry crossing, all the Flanders Fields is about 1-2hrs drive from Zeebrugge. Eating in the large market square in Ypres is good and easy free parking after 6pm.
Our children did not find it tedious in fact they were very interested and moved by the environment. The garden to the rear of Talbot House is kept in immaculate condition a delight to sit in and contemplate. My grandfather visited this place and told me about it.

Thank fussy011
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

I have been here two times it's in Poppering what was behind the front lines and troops came there to have rest and recuperation in the midst off battle, understand it's where Toc H started and you can imagine the troops visiting from the hell of the trenches a must visit place

Thank Alan D
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is an easy trip from Ypres and Poperinge was not destroyed in WW1 and is thus largely original. Talbot House led to the development of Toc H and has a important place in the charitable/social support world. The whole building is beautifully kept, even more remarkable when it s still used as a haven to stay overnight. The museum explains the context and this leads into peaceful and well manicured gardens. The house itself is composed of residential and public rooms, the latter as they were in WW1 but still in use. On the top floor is the chapel, where the troops prayed, which is well worth visiting but also take time to read the inscriptions on the plaques. There was tea and cakes outside included but speak to the wardens who are a mine of information about the area and are usually British. To make the most of the visit you will need to read about the characters who visited on the displays and this may mean it is rather tedious for children. However there was a school party visiting which added to the poignancy as they spontaneously played the original piano. It is possible to park outside on the street (paying) and afterwards take time for a brief walk around the town.

Thank Bluebellplasnewydd
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

A great place to visit following tours of WW1 battlefields as it provides respite from the sorrow of so many war graves the same as it provide recreation and relaxation for soldiers of all ranks from the horrors of war. The main house, tea gardens are very good as is the cinema showing the soldiers laughing at the cabaret forgetting the days to come.
From their you can continue to nearby Brandhoek Cemetery where the most highly decorated Soldier of WW1 is buried.

Thank Douglas M
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

One of the major attractions in Poperinge with a nice variety of areas. The gardens are lovely. There are plenty of exhibits to look at and a great gift shop. The audio/visual of a typical concert of the time is very good but if you walk in while it's dark watch your step, I collided with an unfortunately placed bench in the dark and still have the bruised knee to show for it! The staircase to the chapel is an act of faith to climb but the chapel itself is charming.

Thank dianne m
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