For a while now, even maybe for a couple of months, myself and Ginger have been wanting to visit Eden Camp. Things just kept cropping up and so it was put further and further back on our list of things to do. However, a free day came around for us both and it was fate to hop in the car and head down to Eden Camp.
Situated in Malton, North Yorkshire, Eden Camp is a modern history theme museum which is dedicated to the Second World War and is based between the years of 1939 – 1945. The museum has been open for the past 30 years and, as Ginger informed me, it actually used to be a base in WW2 which is why Eden Camp is situated where it is.
If you have read some of my previous posts, you may be aware that Ginger has a fascination with the Second World War and finds it very interesting. I appreciate the fascination and do like learning more about our past and so it was the perfect place for us to visit. Neither of us had been in the past ten years or more either so it was also something new.
The drive to the Camp was decent, however the A64 does have quite lengthy queues. Once you get past them, you are plain sailing straight there. Upon arriving, we were already impressed. At the front of the outdoor museum stands multiple tanks and planes. It definitely does entice you in. You pay from your car window before you enter the site.
Cards and cash are both accepted.
£10 each admission was a bargain
There is plenty of parking and trying to find a space is easy. The outdoor museum is made up of mini buildings (sorry, I’m not sure what to call them) with each featuring a different topic around WW2. The buildings are numbered and so you follow through a route, meaning it is nearly impossible to miss anything. Wonderful.
Both myself and Ginger thoroughly enjoyed the day and we would definitely recommend and would return ourselves. It took us around two and a half hours to get around all of the little huts before heading to the entrance to check out all of the tanks and planes.
The amount of tanks they have is unreal
Ginger was in his element, of course. Who doesn’t like looking at a real tank though, right? He enjoyed taking the mick out of me for thinking that the tread is made of rubber (just like they are on his miniature models he makes was my logic). How was I supposed to know? The variety of things they had to see and enjoy was very extensive. It is one for the whole family to enjoy. In my opinion, it is suitable for children, however those of a younger age may not enjoy it as much due to the amount of factual information there is alongside the theatrics.
I think one of the favourite aspects of the day were the buildings which created an atmosphere for you. You see, as I previously mentioned, each one features a different topic but they are also completely different in how they are presented. I shall give you an example of one which I enjoyed.
You walked into a submarine
One walk through building was like walking through a submarine. They used lighting, sounds and smoke machines to give the impression of being inside a submarine underwater. It was awesome for us so must be super awesome for children. One other which I enjoyed thoroughly was seeing the aftermath of bombs first hand. One scene featured what the streets of London would have looked like after a raid. Mannequin’s are used along with special effects and sound and smells to really take you back in time. It is incredible what they have achieved.
This outdoor museum really opens your eyes and takes you back to the Second World War
For £10 you cannot go wrong. If you are a family, you can also get a cheaper day out with the family deals they have on offer. I cannot believe we have not been here before and we are so glad that we checked it out. It is difficult to describe how awesome of a day out it is without spoiling all of the surprises it has to offer. Eden Camp is one to visit definitely. If that doesn’t convince you then maybe this will…
… we even sat in a bunker!
Please note: All images are my own. All opinions are my own and/ or Ginger’s and are all truthful.