The Norfolk Tank Museum is located at Forncett St Peter, NR16 1HZ two miles from Long Stratton on the A140 Norwich to Ipswich road. From 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. We are immediately West of the railway bridge.
The Norfolk Tank Museum is a small independent museum housing a collection of Cold war armoured vehicles and tanks many in working order, this includes two Main Battle Tanks.
On Sundays only, we offer rides in the ‘Hagglunds BV206’ over our off-road course. Please note that the vehicle is operated in good weather only. The cost is to cover fuel, maintenance, and repairs. £3.00 per person. This vehicle was designed for use by the Swedish army in Arctic conditions, it is fully amphibious and we are led to believe that the only limitation to where it can go is the nerve of the driver.
We pride ourselves in offering an exclusive opportunity to experience what it would be like inside the turret of a Saladin Armoured Car and a Chieftain main battle tank. There is also a comprehensive exhibition of uniforms and small arms along with the chance to try on the kit of the British soldier for a photo opportunity. The Museum grounds provide plenty of space for the children to run around in a safe environment, there is also a purpose built play area and picnic site provided.
The Aim of the museum
The aim of the Norfolk Tank Museum is not to glorify war, far from it. Whatever your personal views may be war is historical fact and has been responsible for shaping who we are. It is that history we are eager to promote to our visitors. We at the museum strive to present, to the visitor, the tools of the trade of the British soldier from the middle of the 20th century and to promote an understanding of how they lived and died, the uniforms they wore, the vehicles they drove and the weapons and tools they used to defend their country.
We seek to maintain the authenticity of our collection as far as is practically possible. We hope the visitor will be able to see beyond the “Big Boys Toys” aspect of our displays and exhibits and form some impression of what life is like in the claustrophobic confines of a main battle tank or Armoured Scout Car, and by applying a little imagination, to feel the stress of a battle situation.
The Norfolk Tank Museum prides itself in the fact that we encourage our visitors to handle, as far as possible, the exhibits on display in our Armoury in order to experience the “Feel”, the weight and the operation of the tools of the soldiers’ trade.
Norfolk Tank Museum Tea room serve’s Hot and Cold drinks and freshly made Cakes, BBQ in peak season. Full disabled access.
We have endeavoured to make the site as friendly as possible for our disabled visitors with disabled parking and toilets and ramped access to the small arms display and Cafeteria. Assistance dogs are welcome and, if asked, our volunteers will provide whatever extra help they can.
There is extensive parking Picnic and Children’s play area. with access to the popular Tas valley walk; a beautiful stroll through pastures and water meadows. View the ancient but marvellously preserved Forncett St Peter Church with its saxon round tower. The herringbone construction of the walls on all three sides of the chancel denotes its saxon origin. The other church which can be seen from the museum is Forncett St Marys, another fine example of saxon architecture and accessible from a connecting public footpath.
For more information on up and coming special events please CLICK HERE Armourfest 12TH & 13TH AUGUST 2017 MILITARY VEHICLE WEEKEND and HANGAR DANCE OUR BIGGEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!!! TWO DAY OF TANKS MILITARY VEHICLES and LAND ROVERS, LIVING HISTORY GROUPS, MOTOR CYCLE DISPLAY TEAM…
Norfolk Tank Museum, Bridge Farm, Station Road, Forncett St Peter, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 1HZ
(approx 2 miles from the A140 at Long Stratton)