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What to Expect from a Visit to Eden Camp

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

(We were gifted entry on our last visit in 2022.)

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Being home educators, Eden camp comes in very handy. We always find something new and every time we visit we usually spend around 4 hours here, but you can easily spend longer if you take your time.

Eden Camp is a history museum set in an old prisoner of war camp. The camp was built on agricultural land , on the outskirts of Malton and was originally used to house Italian POWs and could house up to 1200 prisoners at any one time.

In the 1980s a local businessman purchased the site and transformed it into the world's only modern history theme museum. Since then, the site has undergone several updates, including significant refurbishment in 2021/22 with several new areas opening and the installation of a brand new, eco friendly play area this year.

What to expect from your visit

You get a map to keep you right as you work your way through the huts. The huts are all numbered and I would recommend working through them in numerical order, to ensure you don't miss anything.

The exhibits inside each hut range from various exhibits and info boards, to mocked up streets, a recreated prisoners' dorm and even a submarine.

I would definitely recommend reading any warning signs before entering certain huts. Some of them feature flashing lights or a re very dark, while one or two feature some distressing content, that may be unsuitable for younger kids. Bare in mind that this is a true to life museum, depicting real incidents from world war 2. Craig and I have both visited many times when we were younger and with our boys, but there is still one section that we find quite disturbing.

That said, I would say that almost all of the exhibits are suitable for a family audience.

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On our last visit, we checked out the new vehicle shed for the first time. This is a fairly new addition and is much bigger than the original huts, housing some original wartime vehicles and offers some great photo opportunities.

You can also expect to find... Mess huts Cafe Shop Play area Games dotted about Toilets Dogs welcome Free parking Please beware of flashing lights in some of the huts.

Overall, so long as you read the warning signs and prepare yourself for one or two of the exhibits, you should have an enjoyable day here and learn a few things. We always manage to learn something new from each visit, as there are so many info boards, that you always end up missing some out, even if you stay all day.

Important info

Eden camp is open 7 days a week 10 - 5 from April - October

There is plenty of free parking onsite, with a dedicated area for coaches, minibuses and motorhomes.

Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the museum.

The whole site is on one level and wheelchairs are available to hire.

Family admission (2+2) is priced at £50 or £45 when booked online. Season passes are also available.

The museum is located just off the A64, York to Scarborough road. Postcode YO17 6RT. It is also accessible by bus and the nearest train station is just over 2 miles away, in Malton.

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