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Norfolk Tank Museum

Norfolk, England, UK

Harry Sherrin

14 Sep 2021
Image Credit: Peter Trimming / CC

About Norfolk Tank Museum

Offering a “hands-on” experience, the Norfolk Tank Museum allows visitors to enter and explore armoured military vehicles from throughout history. The independent museum features various Centurion tanks and a diverse collection of military small arms.

History of the Norfolk Tank Museum

The Norfolk Tank Museum was created in the interest of education. As the Norfolk Tank Museum’s website explains, its purpose is to “provide an insight into the mechanisms and machines of conflict, as well as the lives of those that have taken part, soldiers or civilians.”

The museum’s staff restore disused military vehicles and artefacts, while maintained those that have already been restored.

In 2017 the Norfolk Tank Museum’s collections, including the site’s replica Mk IV Tank, ‘Deborah II’, featured in the Channel 4 TV movie ‘Guy Martin’s WWI Tank’.

The Norfolk Tank Museum today

Boasting a diverse array of military vehicles and artefacts, the Norfolk Tank Museum is an independent, interactive museum.

The museum aims to allow visitors to handle and touch as many of the exhibits and artefacts as possible. Visitors to the Norfolk Tank Museum can enter and explore a Saladin Armoured Scout Car and a Chieftain Main Battle Tank, for example.

As well as armoured vehicles, the Norfolk Tank Museum also has military uniforms and weaponry on display.

The Norfolk Tank Museum also hosts Armourfest, an event featuring live displays of tanks and armoured vehicles traversing a custom made course.

Getting to the Norfolk Tank Museum

The Norfolk Tank Museum is located in the heart of South Norfolk at Forncett St Peter, NR16 1HZ, approximately 10 miles from Diss and 12 miles from Norwich.

Travel on the A140 to Long Stratton. At Long Stratton turn onto Swan Lane and follow the road out of the village for 2 miles, until you come to a railway bridge over the road (Station Road). We are immediately west of the railway bridge.

The nearest train station is Diss on the Great Eastern Line. During week days you can catch the Simonds Buses, getting off the bus at Forncett Old Station. A short, 400 metre walk west will bring you to the museum.

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