near Malton, North Yorkshire
Average time spent – 4+ hours.
Things to do at Eden Camp review
I’d heard lots of good things about Eden Camp and even from that it was even better than we were expecting. We’d definitely return which we don’t often say about ‘war museums’. We soon understood why it had won awards.
Eden Camp was once used to house prisoners of war and it still has it’s many buildings lined up in neat lines. These buildings are now home to exhibitions relating to war. You start off at 1 and work your way around the many buildings. Each exhibition building is home to new and interesting surprises and details all the different aspects of life during wartime.
There’s plenty of displays that use models to ‘set the scene’, these are anything but boring. They bring the past to life with moving animations, smells, lights, and sounds. A lot have smoke and smells that leave you wondering how did they do that. Some of our favourites included a building made to look like the inside of a submarine, an air-raid shelter, seeing buildings blown up in the Blitz and the street at war. They did have a trail for kids which we did but our 6-year-old didn’t need this to hold his attention. He loved our visit as much as we did.
There is also a fun playground with towers and wooden walkways for kids to run around on. There is a smaller playground for little ones which is having a makeover in 2020. As well as all 29 buildings there are various items to see while walking between the huts including military vehicles, guns and bunkers that kids can play with. It’s an excellent hands-on museum that brings wartime to life.
Eating – There is a cafe that sells hot and cold food and drinks with a huge number of tables, or you are welcome to bring your own picnic, they have indoor rooms for picnics.
Facilities in brief – Historical war museum with plenty to see. Wartime is brought to life with animated displays, sounds, smells, smoke and lights. Playground for younger and older children. There are toilets on-site and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – an adult low season ticket is £11 and £9 for a child aged 5-16. Under 5’s are free. It is free to park.
Opening: Eden camp is open nearly all year round. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Malton YO17 6RT, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01653 697777
Category – Museum – Mostly Indoors – Suitable for all ages
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