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Talbot House

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Address: Gasthuisstraat 43, Poperinge 8970, Belgium
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A fabulous place because this museum lives. This place was established by an enlightened army chaplain as a R and R retreat for front line troops during WW1. It has the same... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Robert R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A fabulous place because this museum lives. This place was established by an enlightened army chaplain as a R and R retreat for front line troops during WW1. It has the same impact today because it is a museum and a hostel. The escape from from horror is palpable. A must visit place.

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Thank Robert R
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

The chapel at the top of the house is well worth the climb of the narrow steep stairway, not advisable for anyone with a mobility problem. The museum provides a tablet with a display which adjust as you move around the building to give you info for that area. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Laird-Mike-Kincavel
London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I visited Talbot House recently (being able to enter through the front door - most unusual) and I can honestly say - it is one of the most amazingly well preserved pieces of history associated with WW1 that I have visited. You can feel the spirit of the thousands of soldiers who passed through this amazing little house. It is... More 

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Thank frankieirishman
Larkhall, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This house set out by a religious minister to give the military personnel a place to try and relax and did not diffentiate between ranks. Today it hires out the rooms to travellers who help to pay for the refurbishing that is taking place. On the top floor there is the original praying room

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Thank Everywhere2016
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Toc H "Talbot house" working museum was a retreat for First World War soldiers just back from the front line. Plenty of exhibits to see, the house has been restored to its original condition. There is a chapel at the top of the house and a lovely garden. It must of been a welcome retreat for solders just up the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

A really good little museum and a great facility over the years. Opened in December 1915 for use by soldiers of any rank for some well earned R&R from the front. Talbot House today contains a museum, access to which is around the side, not via the front entrance. After viewing the 20-minute introductory film, on the top floor in... More 

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Thank Cliff J
Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

TocH - from Poperinge world-wide Our guide took us to Talbot House, an iconic social and spiritual centre, founded by Rev "Tubby" Clayton, an Army chaplain. Toc H, as it came to be known offered to off-duty soldiers of all ranks:- books from a library ; a kitchen with endless tea on tap; a garden in which to enjoy it;... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were on a group organised trip of the battlefields and cemeteries of Ypresand this gem was a very pleasant surprise. With life in the trenches described as " 80% bored to death; 19% frozen to death; 1% scared to death Talbot House provided a more wholesome retreat from the trenches rather than the local bars and brothels. All rank... More 

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Thank Peter B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

One of the best facilities for Commonwealth soldiers standing opposite one of the worst - the death cell at Poperinge Town Hall. The house is wonderfully preserved and carries with it an atmosphere of friendly calm. The welcome we received of tea and cakes was also very welcome - and our friendly volunteer hostess also informed us that the facility... More 

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Thank Alan G
Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was a real visit to WW1 environment. The house is just as it was in 1915 and the visit is aimed at putting you in the same place as all those soldiers in the first world war. Finding the house was no problem, it is well signposted and easily seen. Finding the was in was not so easy. The... More 

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