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 10am-5pm
  • Allow 4-5hrs for your visit
  • 300 tanks from around the world
  • 9 Powerful Exhibitions
  • Cafe & Shop
  • Excellent Accessibility
Terry L
22. December, 2021.
Fantastic Had the tickets for 12 mouths but due to restrictions we had to wait ... staff were brilliant and well informed loads to see and do and lots of information... highly recommended
Kat O
14. December, 2021.
A unique and fantastic wedding venue We chose the Tank Museum as the venue for our wedding, which took place last weekend. We had 60+ guests and hired the Cold War Hall which was large enough for the ceremony, wedding breakfast, entertainment and evening disco. We had a fantastic day and all the museum staff were incredibly helpful and worked really hard to make sure everything went smoothly. The food (a sit-down meal and a buffet) was delicious, they sourced some very good wine, and were able to turn the cafe into a fully-stocked bar. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and many took advantage of having private access to parts of the museum for a look round in the evening. I couldn’t be happier with how well things went and would recommend the Tank Museum and its fabulous team to anyone looking for a venue that’s a little bit different.
Gary S
12. December, 2021.
Tank Museum Bovington. Great day out. Visited yesterday with my young buddy from work. £14 each for a years entry, excellent value for money ( only 2 hours away ). Not sure what to expect but the exhibitions were fresh and really well laid out. Spent 6 hours looking round and it felt like 3. Cafe had great food and prices were on a par with other museums. Not cheap, but very good quality. From ticket staff, cafe staff to the curators, everyone with no exception were super friendly and had all the time in the world for you. I must pick out Geoff though who spent some time talking to Jamie and I about his own experiences and passing on his knowledge. Thanks Geoff. Although we are a bit older and loved the displays, there’s lots for kids to do too from dressing up to play areas for them. All in all a first class day out and I appreciate the time, effort and friendliness you all put in there. A very Merry Christmas to you all. Gary and Jamie.
12. November, 2021.
A Fantastic Day Out (Although Two Might Be Needed!) A fabulous day out; even if you have only a passing interest in tanks, just being up close to them, reading the history of them, or (even better) getting a chance to sit inside one if them is a fantastic experience. For fans of wartime history and weaponry, a one-day is arguably not enough, which is why it is appreciated that the ticket gives you access for a year. A final big thank you to our wonderful guide, Nicola, who was very patient with our many questions!! I couldn't recommend a visit here for history and tank fans more highly.
Sharon F
5. November, 2021.
Tanks....... Yay Does what it says on the tin.... Tanks and more From the first to the latest, historical events in time night to life too It was quiet too when we went and the cafe was still serving a full range of food Such a great value day out even if the vehicle conservation centre was closed and no live displays Great place for young and old
27. October, 2021.
Museum layout & seating exemplary but cafes lacking First i have to say there is too much here for one day, we have been twice so far (ticket we bought is a years pass) and have still not seen everything, unless of course you were to rush around and just look at tiny snippets of info.As my grandad was in the first tanks in world war 1 but never talked about it, i was very interested to read all the information i could about the first tanks, how they originated, what how where they were used in ww1. So that was our first trip. It waa very informative. I already knew my grandad was in the KOYLI'S who basically dug the trenches and fought, then the Machine Gun Corps, which was made up of skilled sharp shooters, who were used in/became the very first Tank Corps.It was very interesting and informative to read normal peoples stories who worked in the Tanks. The museum had lots of short interesting bits of information and stories, which were easy to read, print was a good size and not too much at once. Im afraid because i did a course in museum studies and and and when i go around museums i look at how things are displayed and preserved.The other excellent thing i noticed were the number of seats available to rest arthritic legs, helping people with a disability like me, trying to avoid being in a wheelchair.My one suggestion is place more facing the video sections & in general where there is a lot of information on a board to read. This museum is very big, so i needed to sit down.The visitors mainly seemed very courteous and all of us considering each other, ie moving out of way while someone photographs a particular tank. This was such a pleasant change to the normal rudeness you find so often. Gave my visit a lot happier.So, the exhibits were laid out so you could pretty much get the whole tank in a photograph and seats regularly placed if you need a rest. Writing titles clear large to read with short descriptions at start of every section. Then more detail.On my second trip i looked at 1920s to end of ww2, there was so much information to take in, that was enough for me that trip.So our next trip will be 1950s plus.It is well laid out, with 2 main areas but then a few smaller displays like trench life, also excellent. Standing in a lifesize replica was very moving, poignant. My grandad had many friends die esp at Somme and Arras, so this made it real.It is so important to understand what these soldiers gave up, suffering dying, so we could have our freedom today. The sacrifice they made should never be forgotten. So museums like this which inform, making it easy to get around (seating areas) for everyone to learn from this, is so important. It also makes you understand what people are doing now to keep the peace around the world. I deeply admire them. Thanks to the Tank Museum for doing this do well.My only slight niggle was one cafe closed really early, me with arthritis walked a long way to use it because my husband loved their hotdogs! There were no signs to say it was closed which woukd have been h helpful, in the other cafe or when you enter the museum, the website is a nightmare, wven finding basic opening hours! The main cafe stopped selling hot food really early, again wish they stated this, we got hungry at 3pm to find cold snacks only. But the scone & cake i had were lovely!I recommend a visit but if hungry go to cafe early and ask someone if the cool little cafe by the Afghanistan exibit, is open. The shop- lots of ace value books.
Kate J
24. October, 2021.
Amazing day out. Amazing place for anyone interested in conflict, wars and tanks. Detailed displays, time lines, first hand accounts, interactive displays, trench experience. Small comment, lovely caffienated coffee at £2 Problem-Decaffeinated nescafe sachet also charged at £2!!??? Should be 50p. Would be so so nice for parents who can't tolerate caffeine to also be able to get a good coffee. Friendly staff around museum, easy parking. Would come back in the summer when tank rides are available.
Bob F
21. October, 2021.
TANKS! Tremendous. Paid extra for guided tour with the knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic Nicola.There's so much, don't expect to see it all in one day.

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!

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.

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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 (2 Adults + 1 Child)
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children)
Child (Under 5)

What To See & Do

Tonnes to see & do for all the family.

Plan Your Visit

All you need to know before visiting.

Something for Everyone

How our story absorbs & amazes everyone.


Here’s what we’re doing to keep you safe:

  • Masks are a condition of entry to the Museum. Children under 11 will not need to wear a face covering, nor will anyone who cannot put one on due to a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability. If wearing a facemask causes you severe distress, or are with someone who relies on lip reading to communicate, you will also be excused from wearing one.
  • 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.
  • 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.