We’re Dorset’s largest indoor attraction!

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to live, with the world’s best collection of tanks in awe-inspiring, modern exhibitions. Our moving exhibitions tell the story of this British invention; from the mud of the Somme to the beaches of Normandy and the deserts of Iraq – featuring powerful stories from the soldiers that fought in them. Plus, with a free Annual Pass, you can revisit as many times as you like!

  • Open daily 9am-5pm
  • Allow 4-5hrs for your visit
  • 300 tanks from around the world
  • 9 Powerful Exhibitions
  • Cafe & Shop
  • Excellent Accessibility
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 Great historical references and good interactive activities throughout.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!

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. During the spring and summer holidays, enjoy Tanks in Action displays and tracked vehicle rides, or visit on one of our event days for displays, fairs and more.

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.

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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 (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.


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.