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“With a detour”

London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“With a detour”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Close to the actual field of battle - which is as nondescript as most ploughed fields - is the visitor centre. Well worth a trip, if only to pull on the weight they have installed inside which graphically demonstrates the strength of Henry V's archers. It is a real heave, and when you consider they were loosing arrows at a rate of twenty to thirty a minute, you get a sense of their tremendous power. The field of battle is well displayed, and the conditions of the time shown in all their mud-laden glory. Probably worth giving Bernard Cornwell's eponymous book a read beforehand to get a real feel.

Visited October 2012
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English first
Bolton, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Bizarre audio visual presentation”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

We visited Azincourt with family, including 2 very young children (aged 5 and 2), and I would have to say there's not much there for such young ones. We adults quite enjoyed the visit, however, despite some shortcomings in the audio visual presentation.

Most of the battle is portrayed in words and pictures on the usual display boards, in French and in English. What was unusual here is that the English was not a translation of the French. I don't know which of the versions is the most true historically speaking - the main difference is that the French version made much of the madness of the French king, Charles VI, while the English made more of the difference in army numbers (the English army was miniscule in relation to the French), and the fact that they'd already tramped over large areas of France and were exhausted. Both versions described the differences in weaponry - the French used crossbows while the English used longbows.

The a-v presentation (English) was very old fashioned in that they use a number of overhead projectors that constantly clicked and jerked their way through the story of the battle, while the final video seemed to imply that the English are obsessed with it!

Still, I will probably never forget that it took place on 25th October, 1415!

Directions were given to a 4km walk round the battlefield itself. We did the walk, but really they've made very little of it. It was difficult to work out which of the fields we were walking round was the actual battleground, and there was only one orientation table which didn't seem to be pointing in quite the right direction!

Still, we had a good day out, and it's not a bad idea to get some exercise when on holiday!

Visited August 2013
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chislehurst
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Great for kids”
Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

Strangely one of the few places in France that acknowledges a defeat by the English. There is a good introductory film followed by a walk round the visitor centre and a film recreating the battle itself. You can then walk or drive round the battlefield. It is actually a very pretty part of France if you go at the right time of year. It is easily reached from Calais and can make day trip a bit more than just a shopping trip

Visited July 2013
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Good day especially for kids”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

A well designed visitor attraction. Clear and easy to follow. Presents the evidence from both English and French views and brings the lead up to the battle to life. Some good exhibits too with hands on experience for kids.

Visited August 2013
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Bangor, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Great English Victory over all the odds.”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Not much there to see, but plenty to celebrate because of the complacency of the French army.
The French were convinced they would win the battle, a complacency that may have been to their cost. Whilst the English camp was sombre the night before battle, the French are said to have spent the night celebrating and taunting the English across the lines.
So confident of victory were the French that they had already prepared a specially painted cart in which to parade the captured English king.

Visited August 2012
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