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“Amazing varied collection, far larger than expected!”

Cobbaton Combat Collection
Ranked #11 of 42 things to do in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We managed to catch this place on a recent visit. Despite other reviews, their leaflet clearly states open Tuesdays and Wednesdays! I don't understand anyone expecting young children to have much interest. But for adults old enough to remember anything about the wars or subsequent events, or their parent stories thereof, it was utterley fascinating. An extremely wide-ranging collection of vehicles, weapons and all sorts of memorabilia. Sit in the Anderson shelter and be scared by the sound effects, references everywhere to the informative Guide Book (a bargain at £2 now being used by a teenager for a school project!). Displays of all sorts, lots of pictures. Read the tale of the vehicle commandered from the Falklands. Completely absorbing, much to my surprise. Could have spent a lot longer there. Incredible to have been collected mostly by just one man to fill three inter-connected quonset huts - who was very friendly and welcoming to us - maybe one gets what one gives? Strongly recommended :-)

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Like so many unusual places this one is hard to find, there's no way you are going to just come across it. you will need a good map or Satnav (ex379rz). You need to by a military buff to get the best out of your visit and the more of a buff you are the longer you will want to stay, even for the less enthusiastic its still worth a few hours of your time even if only to have a drink from the old Nafi tea van. Plus there are lots of bits that are for sale.
Don't think of the vehicles being all shinny and painted there not, some look like they have just come from the Battle-field.
In all a really good few hours. Please go onto the web-site.

1  Thank peterggreen2018
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

A huge selection of old military items, which would probably be of interest to adults. There is a small cafe (Nafi) which is open in high season. All very quaint but probably not much of interest to children.

1  Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Cobbaton Combat Collection Museum is reached via the traditional high sided single track lanes prevalent in this part of North Devon, just follow the brown tank signs, and if available your sat nav. The location of this Museum is off the beaten track given that prior to becoming a museum it was just a farm. This is when I first encountered it as my family stayed at the cottage opposite 3 times between 1977-1979. The farmer collected military vehicles but since 1981 the farm has been converted into a fully fledged museum. Having visited the said museum in 1984, 1989, 1994, 1998 and 2012, this visit coincided with a stay at the converted holiday let barn opposite. Each visit has revealed more improvements to make your visit satisfying. Split over 3 large Anderson style buildings upon entry you will find a shop selling new and old military and military-related products and mementos to appeal to anyone's tastes. There is also a NAFFI Van selling drinks and snacks. The museum buildings include a range of military vehicles covering several conflicts and services, as well as examples of domestic appliances from the second world war period. Since we last visited in 2012 there have been upgrades to the AV available inc access to the domestic bomb shelter and the glider. A personal highlight is the ability to select and listen to the full significant wartime speeches of Winston Churchill. Located near other attractions circa 5 miles from Barnstable I cannot recommend this museum more highly with friendly and approachable people running the museum, take the time to chat and discuss this place as it is maintained with passion and commitment.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Really great for a rainy day over the holidays. Lots to do and see especially for military enthusiasts. Great gift shop at the end. Really friendly owner.

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