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“Interesting exhibits but disappointing layout ”

Cobbaton Combat Collection
Ranked #10 of 43 things to do in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Just come home from a visit to the collection this afternoon. There are a lot of exhibits crammed into three hangers. This itself is ok, but everything in the collection is a bit dusty and dirty which was disappointing. Also there is limited information available on the exhibits which limits the value of seeing all the vehicles and artefacts. Some things do have some information which allows you to get some history, this would be great to see with all the items.

There are a few tanks, some of which saw action on D Day as well as numerous vehicle and attachments like big guns, floodlights, lots of emergency aid equipment and items from peoples homes during the second world war. You can also sit in a air raid shelter where you can experience the sounds of an air raid going on, which was amazing.

If you looked through some of the cabinets there is some amazing and significant items to see, including items from a Nazi concentration camp. As well some guns and knives, which you can only imagine their history.

More signage and giving everything a clean would make a massive improvement.

Although the price isn't too expensive, there was no option to return during the year, etc, this compared with other attractions does not represent good value for money. We planned to stay for the afternoon, but after going around twice we left, therefore we were only there an hour.

Thank Karl N
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

Fascinating place full of all sorts of stuff. Went along thinking it would be OK as a rainy day trip as it is all under cover, and stayed longer than expected. You adapt to the slight musty chill and find yourself peering in under canvas or inside a tank. You might spot something that Grandad had in his shed! Definitely an insight into how things were.
Staff were friendly and happy to chat. Could do with some more labels as some things kept us guessing but that didn't spoil our visit.

Thank Remembrance
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

proper old style museum none of your Stainless and Glass nonsense .You are allowed to touch and you feel connected

Thank davidpickard
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

My son is obsessed with military history, he has been twice. Amazing collection and very nice people.

Thank KCampbell17499
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

My son (8) and 1 love this type of place and dragged the girls along too. I wasn’t expecting much tbh but I was really surprised at the range and quality of this collection. The museum itself feels like is in the middle of nowhere down a country track. The chap running the place was really helpful and friendly. I would recommend this place for a few hours of entertainment.

Thank Chris H
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