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
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.
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.
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Here’s what we’re doing to keep you safe:
- Whilst face coverings are no longer a condition of entry, we politely ask that members of the public help to keep everyone safe by wearing a face covering while indoors at The Tank Museum.
- We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest possible cleanliness standards across the Museum – and will retain our sanitisation points for your convenience.
- Please postpone your visit if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.