Aldershot is a town synonymous with the British Army, being home to one of the biggest barracks in the country, a base that was established in the first instance as long ago as the 1850’s at the time of the Crimean war.
Less than 40 miles from London, Aldershot is often thought of as two towns – the military town and the town of Aldershot itself, and among the delights of the former are the famous statue of the Duke of Wellington, crafted from bronze that was reclaimed from enemy cannons captured in the Battle of Waterloo, and a quaint observatory in brick that dates from the early 20th century.
Aldershot itself features excellent shopping facilities and is a thriving centre for the arts with music and theatre prime among them, while the town is rich in historical tales, in particular those involving the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin who is said to have frequented the common around the town.
Airborne Forces Museum
Established just after the Second World War, this museum traces the history or the British air force over the last 70 years. Located at Browning Barracks. (01252 349 619)
Aldershot Military museum
To fit in with the townships strong, home of the British army theme, this museum traces military history from the 1890’s. Not just for adults there are some great fun displays for children here, like a ride on a real army tank. Located in Queens Avenue. (01962 870 500)
Here you can have a go at skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and snowblading, in a safe, self paced atmosphere. There are three slopes with the longest being 110 metres. Located in Gallwey Road.
(0252 325 889)
Army Physical Training Corps Museum
Ever wondered just how hard the British Military troops have trained, then you can get a glimpse of their training regimes here. You can see some of the equipment used as well as many photos of them being put through their paces over the past 100 years. Located in Queens Avenue. (01252 24431)
With over 100 acres of trails of woodland and heathland to wander on, you are sure to spot some local wildlife living in their natural habitats here. (01483 523 333)