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  • Posted on: 21 July 2015
  • By: patrick

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Castletown D-Day Centre

In July 2014 Agincare, one of the largest independent care providers in the UK, moved their head office to Admiralty Buildings in Castletown and have offered to lease free of charge approximately 300m2 of their building to establish a D-Day Centre. Castletown D-Day Centre is an authentic recreation of the busy wartime dockyard on the Isle of Portland, from which in 1944, thousands of American troops of the 5th US Corps and the US 1st infantry, embarked, bound for the heavily defended beaches of Nazi occupied France.

The centre features an impressive array of original WW2 artefacts, weapons and wartime vehicles, including a full size replica Spitfire, a Bofors 40mm gun and even a restored Sherman tank. To enhance your D-Day experience, we actively encourage our visitors to handle the weapons, climb on our vehicles and even dress up in authentic WW2 uniforms and get 'In The Mood'.

  • FULL SIZE REPLICA SPITFIRE
  • ORIGINAL SHERMAN TANK
  • BOFORS 40MM GUN
  • GUNS & EQUIPMENT
  • REAL WW2 UNIFORMS
  • WARTIME VEHICLES
  • INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS
  • GUIDED TANK TOURS
  • AUDIO/VISUAL SYSTEM