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. From kids activities and trails to the thrill of seeing a real tank in action, there’s something for all ages and interests. We are located right in the middle of Dorset, no more than an hour away from each corner of the county.

  • Open daily 9am-5pm
  • Allow 4-5hrs for your visit
  • 300 tanks from around the world
  • 9 Powerful Exhibitions
  • Cafe & Shop
  • Excellent Accessibility
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The Tank Museum conforms to the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, with a recognised process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

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.

Our ten powerful exhibitions are full of COVID-safe interactives suitable for all ages. Children can explore the Museum with our free Commander Basil trail and activity book, and win a prize for collecting all the stamps.

During weekends and school holidays, children can take part in workshops and activities – and you might even see our vehicles in action!

Family at Tank Museum

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.

Adult (17+)
Child (5-16)
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children)
Child (Under 5)
5. June, 2021.
Great day out! Family day out to celebrate a birthday. Good value for money, great range of tanks with lots of detailed information about each one. Live display very good, commentary excellent! Lovely to sit outside and watch display with a picnic. Car park free. Staff friendly and helpful.
4. June, 2021.
Didn't think I could spend a whole day looking at tanks! My 8 year old is tanks and guns mad (not sure if i should be encouraged or worried!!) He gets bored just walking around sight seeing so we decided to come to the tank museum. I thought my 7 year old daughter and 3 year old boy would get bored after 10 minutes but they kept going. We wandered around looking for stamps, which is part of the kids trail, which kept them engaged all day. We went outside at 1 o'clock for the show in the arena, it's not what I expected but they are restricted because of covid at the moment. After the show we went back in to look around some more before heading through the shop, which was surprisingly cheap for an attraction shop, and out into the little playground before leaving. I never thought i'd spend an entire day looking at Tanks, but was pleasantly surprised.
Tracey P
1. June, 2021.
Great day out, worth the money. Great day out, could definitely spend a couple of hours there especially when Tanks in Action days are on, great new section in World War 2
31. May, 2021.
Excellent Visited here for the first time, so much to see! It’s amazing the conditions of the vehicles and the information provided for each area was great. Will return later in the year to see an event!
22. May, 2021.
Great day out Great Father and teenage Son day out. We both enjoyed the experience. My son is very knowledgable and was like a great tour guide
20. May, 2021.
Brilliant I can only echo all the positive comments on this museum, excellent, hugely informative, top quality as you would expect from the military. I spent four hours and barely scratched the surface but don’t miss this place if you are in the area and I noticed that there was plenty for the kids to involve and inform them
28. December, 2020.
A must visit Never seen so many and such variety of tanks . we start from the original concept and understand 100years of progression .All is well explained in a purpose built museum with refreshments available and well stocked souvenir shop .The concept of the heavy horsr and light horse in a cavalry has become the heavy and light tank of today .The Dragoons and household cavalry now have tanks
Stephen J
19. November, 2020.
Extremely good all-round visitor experience A very well-managed site. Extremely friendly and helpful entrance hall staff and staff around the museum were also very helpful,Excellent guidebook, extremely good value for money and available to order in advance when booking a slot under Covid regs.Catering was obviously set up for larger numbers than those present on an October mid-week day. Prices a bit high and the fish and chips no better than but dearer than, the same dish in an IKEAk cafe or example.The varying scale of the captioning from large wall pictures right down to little captions to be read close-up was very good. No dumbing down here - unlike the National Army Museum and the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth.The Helmand patrol base experience was quite good but having been there (and done that etc), it was not nearly noisy enough with engines and generators running, the floor too smooth and more could've been made of the toilet experiences and the catering. Still, a very good try! In a similar way, the recreation of the tank production line building Centurions was far too quiet and some more mannequins around the tanks would've helped create atmosphere - just look at the big pictures on the wall above the tanks!Excellent, well-stocked shop.
15. November, 2020.
Sooooo many tanks! Sooooo many tanks! Not sure what I was expecting but this place is HUGE! Goes some way to justify the quite high entry fee. What stood out at this place was it was not just a collection of tanks. The exhibition was themed and took you through earlier to later history of the tank and how they were used / developed and journeys of some of the people during different wars. I'm not a history buff really but still enjoyed it. If you like history you enjoy it even more than I did - you'll need lots of time to read everything. A gem, well worth the visit.

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