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Military History Guide

recommended military museums and other military history sites


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh

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  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • antiques
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • royalty

one of Scotland's best known landmarks, a mighty fortress dominating the Edinburgh skyline, with 3 military museums and Scotland's own Crown Jewels

The Tower of London

London EC3

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  • historic house
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • World Heritage Site
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • virtual tours
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • jewellery
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  • politics
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  • royalty

Europe's best preserved medieval fortress, inextricably linked with centuries of British history and home to the British crown jewels

  • battlefield
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  • memorial
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  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • open year round
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  • National Trust
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  • café
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • politics

interact with medieval warriors, archers and knights on either side of the conflict as they reveal how they became involved in this decisive battle

Dover Castle

Dover

  • fortress
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  • historic house
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  • museum
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  • viewpoint
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • English Heritage
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • medicine

spectacular setting atop the White Cliffs of Dover, this large fortress includes a Roman lighthouse and secret wartime tunnels

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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • limited opening
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II

an excellent introduction to the Battle of Normandy with a 25 minute video screened in French and English with well chosen exhibits including personal accounts, photos and wartime objects

  • cemetery
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • Battle of Britain

the largest of the 18 Commonwealth military cemeteries containing nearly 5 thousand graves of British soldiers and 10 other countries. Across the road is a memorial to the 1807 Commonwealth soldiers whose remains were never found

  • cemetery
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • visitor centre
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • Battle of Britain
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  • walking

overlooking the bitterly contested Omaha Beach, the endless rows of crosses and Stars of David seem to be endless. There is a very good Visitor Centre, this is one of the largest American war cemeteries in Europe

Overlord Museum

Colleville-sur-Mer

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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • Battle of Britain

with a well presented collection of restored WWll military equipment from both sides just up the hill from the American Cemetery

Arromanches 360° Cinema

Arromanches-les-Bains

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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • limited opening
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • Battle of Britain

Located on the Arromanches clifftops dominating the remnants of the one of the two artificial Mulberry Harbours and screening archival footage of the Battle of Normandy

Musée de Débarquement

Arromanches-les-Bains

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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • Battle of Britain

overlooking the beach and the remains of the Mulberry Harbour, at the heart of a vibrant, busy square lined with shops and cafés

  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • open year round
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  • shop
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  • geology
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II

covering 125 million years of history, with displays including dinosaur footprints and a Saxon battle-axe believed to be a unique relic from the Battle of Hastings

  • film/tv location
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  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • film
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • Battle of Britain
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  • TV

maintained by the RAF, visitors can admire the only flying Lancaster Bomber in Europe, as well as Spitfires, Hurricanes and a Douglas Dakota

  • museum
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • Battle of Britain

with full size replicas of aircraft such as the Spitfire, this museum has one of the largest collection of Battle of Britain relics. All the exhibits are housed in war damaged 1940s buildings

Bletchley Park

Milton Keynes

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  • something different!
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • pre-booking advised
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II

explore, experience and enjoy the once top-secret world of iconic Codebreaking Huts and Blocks set within an atmospheric Victorian estate

Bodmin Keep

Bodmin

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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • seasonal opening
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  • café
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  • shop

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry history with fascinating displays of military weapons, uniforms, medals, badges. The collections ranging from the Battle of Waterloo to the Berlin Wall

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon

  • fortress

mighty 13th century castle constructed not just as a military stronghold, but also as a seat of government and royal palace

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle

  • fortress
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • English Heritage
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  • shop
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • royalty

a formidable fortress spanning some 900 years of conflicts and sieges. Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned here for some 19 years

  • place of worship
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • shop
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II

spectacular Norman cathedral with several plaques and stained glass windows commemorating American and British sacrifices during both World Wars

Chateau Gaillard

Les Andelys

  • ruin
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  • family-friendly
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  • seasonal opening
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  • guided tours
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history

built over a two year period in the twelfth century, this imposing ruin has panoramic views. Also offered is a fun photo quiz aimed at children over 7

  • fortress
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  • seasonal opening
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history

the museum is set within the Hotel Citadelle Vauban and is open to the public. There are fine examples of period military artefacts and in the summer months there are evening performances depicting historical, military life

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