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The Muckleburgh Collection in Norfolk

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At some point in their life, everybody takes a minute to consider it would be like to be an action hero - to avoid life repetition.

The Muckleburgh Collection in Norfolk allows visitors to live out that fantasy and enjoy a thoroughly entertaining day out with family and friends.

At the UK's largest privately-owned collection of military artefacts, visitors can see working tanks in action, enjoy a ride along the coastline in a Gama Goat personnel carrier and see a wide range of kit, from Soviet tanks to field guns.

The museum also has an airstrip, which it invites visitors to make use of by arriving by air, and a well-stocked shop with themed memorabilia to purchase.

This extensive collection of military-based objects is named after Muckleburgh Hill, the former Weybourne Military Camp, which sat at the foot of the hill and is a long-established base for invasion going back to the 1500s.

In 1936, the site became an anti-aircraft artillery base and hosted Sir Winston Churchill and the Princess Royal, Princess Mary during the Second World War, eventually closing in 1958.

It was not until the late 1980s that work began to make way for a museum on the site and when the exhibition first opened it was simply a few exhibits and a small room detailing the camp history.

Since then, things have changed dramatically. Today, there are more than 120 tanks, guns and vehicles, as well as thousands of other items hailing from all over the world. Russia, Norway, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Holland, Eire, Syria, Kuwait, Israel, the Falkland Islands, the United States and Iraq are just some of the nations represented in the collection.

As well as giving visitors the chance to enjoy a wide range of military artefacts, the museum also offers tank driving courses.

The courses can be bought as a gift experience day and offer participants the chance to experience one-on-one tuition with an expert tank driver.

Visitors will have the choice of the museum's 16 working tanks to drive and will be able to learn about the history of the vehicle at the same time.

However, drivers must be 18 years old or over and hold a valid UK driving licence. The experience costs £100.

The attraction is open every day between 10am and 5pm and admission costs £6 for adults and £4 for children, while family tickets can be purchased for £17. There is a restaurant on site for visitors to enjoy, as well as a children's play area and picnic site, making the museum the perfect family day out.

 

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