Visiting the South West? Don’t miss Dorset’s largest indoor attraction.
Whether you’re looking for a family day out or an afternoon inside to escape from the rain, The Tank Museum is the perfect compliment for your holiday. We are located right in the middle of Dorset, no more than an hour away from each corner of the county.
Get ready to experience the Biggest Day Out in History…
- Open daily 10am-5pm
- Allow 4-5hrs for your visit
- 300 tanks from around the world
- 9 Powerful Exhibitions
- Cafe & Shop
- Excellent Accessibility
Come face-to-face with over 300 military vehicles in the worlds best collection of armoured fighting vehicles, including the world’s only running Tiger I, the first working prototype tank, and the current British Main Battle Tank Challenger 2.
Don’t miss our brand new exhibition WW2: War Stories which tells the history of the Second World War through interviews with veterans, accompanied by over 60 tanks, artefacts and interactives.
From our replica First World War trench to an RTR camp in Afghanistan, our ten powerful exhibitions follow the story of the tank from its origins to the modern day.
The Tank Museum is in south Dorset near Wareham and is about a 30-minute drive from Dorchester, Blandford, Weymouth and Poole, about 45 minutes from Bournemouth and Salisbury, and an hour from Southampton and Yeovil. There is plenty of free parking on site.
The Tank Museum’s nearest station is Wool (1.5 miles), which is on the South Western Railway mainline from London Waterloo to Weymouth. Local taxi company (Garrison Cars, T: 01929 463395) can take you to and from the station, or it is a 30 minute walk. Train timetable here.
The Museum is also between 90 and 120 minutes from Bristol, Southampton and Exeter airports.
Because we know our visitors often spend the whole day with us, we have a restaurant and cafe serving a range of delicious hot meals, snacks and drinks. Whether you fancy a Full English, Cornish pasty, or Dorset cream tea, we promise you won’t be disappointed. We use Dorset and South West suppliers, so expect to see Dorset Tea, Marshfield ice-cream, Piddle Brewery beer, and meat from local farmers.
The Museum is fully accessibly via wheelchair or mobility scooter, and we have manual wheelchairs onsite available for free use. In our new exhibitions, there is a hearing loop for our videos and sound recordings.
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.
KEEPING YOU SAFE
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.