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“Highlight of Trip to Gloucester”

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Ranked #3 of 82 things to do in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Our visitors can experience what it was like for soldiers and their families throughout the last three hundred years. The Gloucestershire Regiment (The Glosters) has been present at many of the turning points in British History; battles in the American Revolutionary War, defeating Napoleon, the defence of Dunkirk and fighting the spread of communism in Korea.Special exhibition Commemorating the Battle of Imjin now on. Also our new Modern Army Display has recently been commissioned - Come and see what it is like to served in Afghanistan. See the latest equipment, lift the body armour and the pack and imagine what it is like to go on operations on extremes of temperature.
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Soldiers of Gloucester Museum has been superbly designed. If you follow the rooms in their proper order then you will travel from the past to the present, the chronology of war. Of course we went up in the lift - it's small but large enough for a wheelchair (without the carer) - and took the wrong turning so we ended up going from present to past. It didn't make any difference as far as our enjoyment was concerned (we didn't know until afterwards that we had gone round backwards). There is a superb mock-up of a tank encampment and several excellent mannequins in full uniform from various eras of war.
From the outside this looks like a small shop of memorabilia, with the emphasis on small. Indeed once you enter the store you do begin to wonder where the museum actually is and how large it is. Actually this is a Tardis-like building; small on the outside and amazing on the inside, full of wonder and filled with man's hope for peace in the only way man knows how to try for it - war!

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"military history"
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"interactive screens"
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"well worth a visit"
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"personal stories"
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"korean war"
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"gift aid"
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"great displays"
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"world war"
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"family history"
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"all ages"
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"small cafe"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Newly refurbished the museum feels fresh and if one is interested in military history or just wants an insight into some extraordinary stories then highly recommended. The museum is also closely located you Gloucester historic Docks, the designer shopping outlet and antiques centre, the cathedral and a number of other museums. Worth a morning's visit and plenty of places to eat and shop or thongs to do near by.

1  Thank Jay S
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Ex soldier and this place is amazing for families and as ex soldier I got free access with. ID card.

1  Thank Marc R
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I have seen many military museums in the UK and for a local one, it is one of the best. Great exhibits and interactive opportunities, and a good tour of the history of the regiments. Well worth spending a couple of hours and at a reasonable cost. Friendly and helpful staff, too.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Privileged to be part of the re opening of the museum, last week, so had a preview showing of what had changed.
A lot of the old exhibits have gone to be replaced with state of the art electronics and screens, that will appeal to the younger generation.

A pleasant touch is a small and I mean small tea room located in the shop, very nice to sit and have a cup of tea and to be able to look out over the dock.

If military museums are your thing then this one is a must with all the new stuff and friendly staff, you will be made to feel very welcome.

2  Thank Bob G
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