Dorset's very own tank museum at Bovington camp near Wool.
Update for 2009 an big new extension to the tank museum has been completed.The addition includes a new ticket hall shop and exhibition hall opened on 4th April 2009.
This hall tells the story of the tank from the very first Tiger Tank to the the Challenger 2
Check it all out in the video below,and watch out for the Tank Fest 27/28th June 2009.
Just down the road from
and close to the spot where T.E Lawrence died,is Dorset's Bovington Tank Museum BH20 6JG .
The Museum traces the history of the tank right from it's invention during the first world war up to the gulf war models,so whether you are interested in the Chieftain or the Sherman then there is bound to be something here for you.
Given the close proximity to Monkey World it makes a good wet weather alternative as all the displays are indoors, or you can do both in one day.Children really like it ,well boys more likely,as they can get right inside some of the tanks.
As well as the static displays there is an area outside where the tanks are put through their paces,plunging into deep water and climbing steep hills.Here are a couple of shots I took when I was there with the nephews, perhaps someone can tell me the models.Fly pasts from an RAF base are also sometimes included.
Of course there is the usual cafe and shop so if you need inspiration for that birthday present, and little Johnny likes all things military then this is the place to come.
For some more entertainment they will let you ride on what's called a M548 which is more a people carrier than a tank.It follows the same route as the tanks go when they are being paraded so you might get a little wet.
The museum is open seven days a week.The cost of entry for a family of four is £29.