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Heritage Open Days - Site Tours
Heritage Open Days - Site Tours

Sun, 10 Sept


Great War Huts

Heritage Open Days - Site Tours

Site tour for Heritage Open Days! Come and find out about the Great War Huts project, see the original First World War huts and our reconstructed trench system.

Time & Location

10 Sept 2023, 11:00 – 13:00

Great War Huts, Brook Farm Camp, Bell's Ln, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5NW, UK

About the event

Great War Huts is open for Heritage Open Days with a special exhibition, Creative Conflict, featuring some wonderfully creative artefacts from the Great War Huts collection. 

We are also offering the opportunity to take a site tour where you can hear the story of the Great War Huts project, see the original First World War buildings and our reconstruction of a 1916 Trench System. Visitors can now walk through the most accurate reconstructed trenches in this country! The trenches have been built using the original 1916 trench building manuals as reference so the size, depth and materials are all accurate for the trenches built in France 106 year ago. There are dugouts, latrines, observation points, firesteps and a Regimental Aid Post.

The team have made the duckboards which line the bottom of the trenches with slats made from the floorboards of original huts that we have dismantled, so you even walk on First World War timber. The Company Headquarters and Signallers Dugouts are also made from sections of hut built during the war. It really does not get much more authentic.

The Brook Farm Camp site is still a work in progress so there is some rough ground to cover in order to reach the trenches so we would encourage visitors to wear appropriate footwear - especially if the weather is wet!


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