Summer Holiday

Summer fun for the whole family to enjoy. 

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life. Experience the biggest day out in history with 100 years of history, 300 tanks, kids activities, and more at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction.

  • Open daily 9am-5pm
  • Activities running 24 July – 29 August
  • Tanks in Action Displays running every weekday (Monday-Friday)
  • Tracked vehicle rides running every day
  • Free Top Trumps kids trail
  • Brand new WW2 Exhibition
  • Allow 4-5hrs for your visit


To support social distancing, we've put a limit on daily visitors. Please book your slot to guarantee entry, even if you already have a ticket, Annual Pass or membership.

Adult (17+)
Child (5-16)
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children)
Child (Under 5)
  • See armoured vehicles in action in the arena
  • Every weekday during the holidays
  • Expert commentary on how armoured vehicles work together on the battle field
  • Live Q&A
  • Lifelike explosions

Get into the arena yourself with a vehicle ride.

  • Available 25 July – 5 September, 13:30- 16:00
  • Ride in a real tracked vehicle – a Cold War M548 troop carrier
  • £4 per person or £13.50 for a family of four, pay on the day
  • Visitors must be over 1.25m tall
  • Masks required
  • Get your kids involved with “A Day in the Life of a WW1 Tommy,” go inside our “Cold War Camp” and see how cramped it is inside a tank with our “Cut in Half Centurion” talk
  • Free interactive talks every day in the holidays
  • Perfect for mini historians
  • With Cold War Camp, see the ammunition used in a Chieftain tank, try on uniforms and see how tank crew would live during the Cold War
  • Learn about what life was like fighting inside a WW1 tank. Don’t miss this opportunity to dress up and have your photo taken with a Lewis Machine Gun!
  • Brand new trail, developed for May Half Term
  • Free to participate
  • Find 12 giant Top Trump cards around the Museum
  • Complete the trail by finding the missing card to receive a free, unique Top Trump card that doesn’t appear in any pack
  • High-quality activity booklet for children to take home
  • Fun and educational for all ages
19. July, 2021.
Tanktastic day out Booked tickets in advance, arrived earlyish before the crowds, well laid out site with plenty of history to see. Your ticket allows re-entry for the next year, so we went back the next day to finish seeing some of the exhibits.
19. July, 2021.
A really interesting and educational experience. A fabulous day out. The whole museum is chock-full of facts and displays that capture and engage. We thought it would be a quick couple of hours, but we were there for over 5 hours in the end, and would have stayed longer if stamina allowed.If you are a buff of military history, this is definitely for you. Even my wife, who is not particularly interested in this (or at least wasn't before the visit) thoroughly enjoyed the entire day - it's that informative and interesting. There is something very "real" about seeing these beasts close-up, and learning about the servicemen who crewed them was also awe-inspiring.The onsite cafe is great value with a surprisingly wide selection of tasty dishes, so lunch and a bit of a break was sorted.We thoroughly recommend it, but either be prepared for a long day, or do it in a couple of trips (Annual passes are included in the ticket price).
16. July, 2021.
A great day out - informative, interesting and interactive. Simply a great museum with an amazing array of armoured vehicles from the inception of the tank to present day modern incarnations. Great historical references and good interactive activities throughout. Kids loved it too. Great shop at the end of the tour and restaurant is worth a visit too. Tanks everywhere and a solemn yet interesting Memorial Wall outside the main entrance. Staff excellent too.
15. July, 2021.
It's just amazing I probably run out of words to describe how amazing was the tank museum. As a tank enthusiastic for me to be there was like been in heaven. First time at Bovington and I hope to come back again, unfortunately I live too far in Edinburgh.A massive tank collection from WW1 up to now.Everything is well displayed and explained.Great seeing all tanks in a impeccable state, I can see a great effort from the museum team to put back these tanks to original.The feeling of standing next to these tanks from WW1 like MarkIV and WW2 like the Tiger and Churchill it's just an amazing feeling.We spent there yesterday about 5 and half hours and probably need an extra 2.All the staff are very good and made us feel very welcome.It's a museum who don't want rip people off, entrance price it's very affordable plus tickets are valid for whole year. Also prices at shop and restaurant are very good. Free parking.I will try somehow to come back again soon
13. July, 2021.
Excellent Day Out At the time I am writing this, we are currently on a holiday in Weymouth. We came here to visit as we came here a few years ago, and it is still very good.There was plenty to see and some of the tanks were truly amazing to stand next to and we will be returning in the future as there are many fun activities and it is great museum and there will never be a boring bit of this museum.
aaron r
11. July, 2021.
Incredible, well worth a visit. Couldn’t fault anything the entire day, every hall was spectacular. The trench experience was amazing and very well displayed. Staff were very welcoming and polite. Will be visiting again in the near future.
Ian L
11. July, 2021.
Brilliant Day Out An excellent museum with so much to see. Detail is amazing with an enormous display of every tank in history. Really interesting information on everything. Highlight had to be the Tiger Tanks. Staff were all excellent, informative & friendly. My second visit & plan to visit whenever in the area. Tickets are very reasonable. Highly recommended.
10. July, 2021.
Tanks Galore Amazing variety of tanks throughout the ages. And ticket allows you to return as many times as possible throughout the year. Great value for money
Jessie W
9. July, 2021.
Great time seeing some humongous tanks! Very great museum. You get exactly what you expect going in, a museum full of tanks and incredible displays. I particularly enjoy the WW2 display! We had a great time, thank you!


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The regulations are relaxing – but we’re not… yet.

Even though restrictions are being withdrawn, we will continue to play it safe at The Tank Museum for the time being.

  • We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest possible cleanliness standards across the Museum – and will retain our sanitisation points for your convenience.
  • We will still be capping our daily footfall and recommending the use the one-way system around the Museum.
  • Face coverings are no longer mandatory, but our staff will still be wearing them. For the comfort and safety of our all, we politely request that visitors continue to use them when inside the Museum and when in close proximity to other visitors or staff.
  • Please give other visitors and staff plenty of space during your visit.
  • Please postpone your visit if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.