Eden Camp; Plan Your Visit To This Iconic Wartime Attraction
This tourist attraction in the North York Moors, opened in 1987 on the site of a former Second World War Prisoner of War Camp, is not just a day out. It is an education in itself for parents and children alike.
War veterans have assisted in recreating an atmosphere that takes you back to those days of conflict which occurred well before the vast majority of visitors were born. There is a military as well as social aspect to Eden Camp making it an important representation of national history.
Back in 1942, the War Office bought the land just outside Malton with the intent of creating a prisoner of war camp for Germans and Italians captured in any theatre of the war. They were to come from both Europe and Africa.
The first 250 Italian POW’s came to the temporary camp the following year and were charged with creating a more permanent home. It was not to be their ‘’permanent home’’ as they were moved on at the end of 1943 to make way for Polish forces who were soon to join Allied Forces in invading France.
After their departure the Camp housed Germans until 1948. Subsequently it housed displaced people and later became an agricultural holiday camp until it was returned to its original owners in 1955.
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It was in 1985 that a local businessman Stan Johnson bought the part of the original camp that had not found any other use with a view to building a factory. His plans changed after the visit of a former Italian POW and he decided on preservation, a museum. He then set about creating what has been a family business ever since.
He began with 10 huts and has developed and expanded along the way. Stan and his family have managed to create not only a record of the military events of the War but also society in Britain with the war efforts of women left behind.
Today, you will also find a hut that remembers subsequent conflicts in which British Forces have been involved as well as one remembering the ‘’Great War’’ 1914-18.
Eden Camp is open all year round though visitors should understand that the Museum is best regarded as an outdoor facility and dress appropriately in the winter. The huts don’t come centrally-heated.
A summary of entrance prices
Adults pay just £10 with Children and Senior Citizens at £8.50 but there are family tickets that allow entry for 4 including 2 adults for £35, and 5 for £40.50.
One adult and 3 children is £31.50. If you keep your tickets and return within 7 days, you will get free entry. Group rates are available but places must be pre-booked.
How to Get to Eden Camp
The Camp is close to the A169/A64 Junction. Sat Nav Postcode is YO17 6RT. The Coastline Bus Service stops at the Camp with buses originating in Leeds, Tadcaster, York, Malton, Pickering, Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington. The closest train station is Malton, Airport Leeds/Bradford and port Hull.
Eden Camp Facilities
WinStan’s Bunker Café and Officers’ Mess serves a range of refreshments from drinks and snacks to hot meals. The Garrison Cinema Bar offers the local brew, Eden Camp Bitter and Tunnel Buster Strong Ale.
The Gift Shop sells an excellent range of souvenirs, everything from reproduction posters to 1940s music CDs and books including Eden Camp Book.
Eden Camp Events
Many special events take place annually. Including:
Escape Lines Memorial Society Reunion & Service
Royal Corp of Signals Reunion Day
Eden Camp Remembrance Rocks Week
WWII Living History Weekend – Axis-Allied
WWII Living History Weekend – NWW2A
What You Can Enjoy in Eden Camp
There are more than 30 huts for you to explore at Eden Camp. You can see how the coverage is so comprehensive by reading the list below and you can get a map of the layout on arrival. Why not visit them all?
Hut 1. Rise of Hitler and the Nazis.
Hut 2. Home Front
Hut 3. U Boats
Hut 4. British Preparations
Hut 5. The Blitz
Hut 6. Music Hall
Hut 7. The Street at War
Hut 8. Women at War
Hut 9. Bomber Command
Hut 10. Prisoner of War
Hut 11. First World War
Hut 12. Junior Mess Hut/The Green Howards
Hut 13. Conflicts Post Second World War
Hut 18. Reading Room War News
Hut 20. Auxillary Fire Service & Bevin Boy
Hut 21. Civil Defence
Hut 22. Forces Tribute
Hut 24. 1919-1940
Hut 25. 1941
Hut 26. 1942
Hut 27. 1943
Hut 28. 1944
Hut 29. 1945 Prefab & Dig For Victory Garden
Mess Hut 1 Royal Navy Patrol Service
Mess Hut 2 Human Tornadoes
Mess Hut 3 Admiral Birindelli Site Military Vehicles & Hardware
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