Tank Driving Experiences & Military Vehicle Days

 
Tank driving experiences. Be the all-action military hero for a day and drive genuine ex-Army tanks and military vehicles on tough terrain at centres throughout the UK. Many instructors are ex-serving soldiers and they'll teach you how to drive full-tracked vehicles and regale you will army day anecdotes too! Tank experience FAQs...

 
 
Tank Driving Taster Experience in Leicestershire - for one or two drivers

Tank Driving Taster Leicestershire

Leicestershire, near Market Harborough

Discounted Offers From £110.00

Tank Driving Taster Leicestershire
  • Taster tank drives in Leicestershire
  • Drive two laps in an FV432 tank
  • Ride on the turret seat & in crew cab
  • No driving licence needed!
scorpion tank
Based On 3 Reviews

Scorpion Tank Firing & Driving for Two

Bicester Heritage Centre, Oxfordshire

Save 50% From £149.00

Scorpion Tank Firing & Driving for Two
  • Scorpion tank experiences for two
  • One drives whilst the other fires the gun
  • A genuine ex-Forces reconnaissance tank
  • Takes place at Bicester Heritage
Tank Driving near Winchester in Hampshire
Based On 60 Reviews

Tank Driving in Hampshire

Matterly Estate, Winchester

Best Seller Buy For £259.00

Tank Driving in Hampshire
  • Drive FV432, Abbott SPG, Alvis SML & 55 Chieftain!
  • On a private estate near Winchester
  • Half-day AM & PM sessions available
  • Receive a souvenir tank driving certificate
Tank Driving in Leicestershire in an FV432
Based On 116 Reviews

1:1 Tank Driving in Leicestershire

near Market Harborough

From £180.00

1:1 Tank Driving in Leicestershire
  • Drive a 17 ton FV432 tank in Leicestershire
  • Experiences are one-to-one lessons
  • Free entry to the onsite military museum
  • Friendly team of instructors who love tanks!
spartan tank
Based On 3 Reviews

Spartan Tank Driving Oxfordshire

Bicester Heritage Centre

Save 50% From £99.00

Spartan Tank Driving Oxfordshire
  • Drive the 8-ton 'Sporty' Spartan tank
  • Powered by a 4.2l XK Jaguar engine
  • Seven forward & seven reverse gears
  • Capable of speeds up to 50mph
Gulf War driving

Gulf War Driving Experience

Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire

Save 53% Buy For £139.00

Gulf War Driving Experience
• Drive a duo of ex-British Army vehicles
• Both saw active service in the First Gulf War
• Drive a 4x4 Leyland DAF truck & CVRT Spartan
• Tackle the purpose-built course in both vehicles
tiger and tank at Duxford

Tigers & Tracks Experience

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Buy For £549.00

Tiger and Tracks Action Day
  • Military vehicles, Tigers & Dragon Rapides combined at Duxford
  • Tiger Moth lesson, Dragon sightseeing & APC drive
  • Short hosted tour to a behind the scenes IWM area
  • Briefing & closing reception in the control tower
Tank Paint balling
Based On 29 Reviews

Tank Paintball Battles in Leicestershire

near Market Harborough

Save £25 From £160.00

Tank Battles in Leicestershire
  • Paintball goes 'XXL' with a head to head battle
  • Take turns to drive, load and fire the 40mm cannon
  • One of Into The Blue's favourite experiences
  • A 'must do' for any tank nut or paintball fan
Tank Driving in Northamptonshire 2 people in tank doing experience
Based On 1 Review

Tank Driving in Northamptonshire

near Brackley

From £299.00

Tank Driving in Northamptonshire
  • Half & full day tank driving in Northamptonshire
  • Enjoy military driving & themed activities
  • 100+ military vehicles on site to see
  • Ex-military instructors with amazing stories
Tank Driving in Newcastle in FV432 Tanks

Tank Driving Newcastle

near Newcastle upon Tyne

Save 36% From £220.00

Tank Driving Newcastle
  •  15-ton FV432 tank driving near Newcastle
  •  When not driving, be a passenger in the crew cabin
  •  Small group & exclusive sessions offered
  •  Visit the amazing collection of military vehicles
tank
Based On 3 Reviews

Military Driving in Leicestershire

near Market Harborough

From £199.00

Military Driving in Leicestershire
  • Drive armoured & light military vehicles
  • Ride as passenger whilst others drive
  • Entry into the on-site military vehicle museum
  • Choose between a two or three vehicle drive
Adult and Tank Driving Experience Day in Leicestershire
Based On 20 Reviews

Adult & Child (8+) Tank Experience

near Market Harborough, Leicestershire

From £190.00

Adult & Child (8+) Tank Experience
  • A tank experience for two in Leicestershire
  • Ride in a 17 tonne FV432 APC tank
  • Fire the onboard 40mm paintball cannon
  • Drive with hatch open & hatch closed!
MAN SV

MAN SV Military Truck Driving Experience

Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire

Exclusive to ITB Save £90 From £69.00

MAN SV Military Truck Driving Experience
  • Drive a modern MAN HX60 military truck
  • Takes place at historic Bicester Heritage 
  • Option to invite a passenger to ride with you
  • 326bhp, 12-speed, 4x4, 6 tonne payload!
4x4 Army Truck Driving

4x4 Army Truck Driving Bicester

Bicester Heritage, Oxford

Save £40 From £49.00

4x4 Army Truck Driving Bicester
• 4x4 army truck driving experience
• This is a genuine army Leyland DAF 4x4 truck
• Drive at a former WW2 station at Bicester
• Spartan tank ride add-on available
Army & Fire Service Driving Day for Two - Bicester Heritage

Ultimate Army & Fire Service Driving Experience

Bicester Heritage Centre, Oxfordshire

Discounted offers From £429.00

Ultimate Army & Fire Service Driving Experience
  • Drive tanks, trucks & fire engines 
  • Takes place at Bicester Heritage
  • A Green Goddess passenger ride
  • These are all genuine ex-Service vehicles
APC

Humber APC Commander Experience

Dorset

Buy For £50.00

Humber APC Commander Experience
  • Be the commander of a Humber APC vehicle
  • Best-known for riot patrols during the Troubles
  • Experience the 6 ton armoured vehicle
  • Agile & fast, the 'Pig' is great fun be in!
Tank in Mud

Tank Driving Scotland

Stirling & Kinross

From £119.00

Tank Driving Scotland
  • Drive an FV432 full-tracked tank
  • Ex-British Army armoured personnel carrier
  • Drive for around 20 minutes
  • Then ride in the crew compartment 
truck

Pinzgauer 6x6 Experience Renfrewshire

Bridge of Weir

From £99.00

Pinzgauer 6x6 Experience Renfrewshire
  • Drive a 6x6 Pinzgauer military vehicle
  • On a farm in Renfrewshire near Glasgow
  • A 6-ton ex-British Army vehicle
  • Took part in missions in Afghanistan
Night Tank Driving at Bicester Heritage - Scorpion Tank Firing

Scorpion Tank Night Driving & Firing for Two

Bicester Heritage Centre, Oxfordshire

Save £200 From £199.00

Scorpion Tank Night Driving & Firing for Two
  • Night time tank driving at Bicester Heritage
  • Experiences are for two people together
  • One as a driver & one as a gunner
  • Aim the 76mm turret gun & fire at the enemy
Green Lane Military Vehicle Driving Salisbury - Austin Champ Jeep
Based On 2 Reviews

Green Lane Military Vehicle Driving Salisbury

Wiltshire

Buy For £125.00

Green Lane Military Vehicle Driving Salisbury
  • Drive historic military vehicles
  • On green lanes near Salisbury
  • All vehicles are genuine ex-Forces
  • Spend around 45mins behind the wheel
Green Tank

Exclusive Tank Driving Scotland

Bridge of Weir & Stirling

From £150.00

Exclusive Tank Driving Scotland
  • Tank driving in Stirling & Bridge of Weir
  • One to one with 20-min drive time
  • Family vouchers for up to 4 people
  • All sessions are exclusive to you
junior tank on track
Based On 1 Review

Junior Military Driving Experience12+

Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire

Save 50% From £49.00

Junior Military Driving Experience12+
  • Drives & rides in the fully-tracked BV202 
  • Used by the Swedish army in the snow
  • From 12 yrs old - no licence needed
  • Grown ups can drive or ride too!
mini tank driving experiences
Based On 1 Review

Kids Mini Tanks Hampshire

Eversley, Hampshire

From £230.00

Kids Mini Tanks Hampshire
• A mini tank party for groups of 8 or 12 kids
• Drive these minitrack wonders on a woodland course
• Suitable for ages 8+
• Camo overalls and helmets are provided
Muddy Track

Junior Tank Driving Scotland (Ages 9-16)

Renfrewshire & Stirling

From £129.00

Junior Tank Driving Scotland (Ages 9-16)
  • Tank driving for kids aged 9-16yrs
  • Drive an ex-British Army FV432
  • A genuine Armoured Personnel Carrier
  • Parents can ride in the crew compartment!
drivers choice

Driving Choice Voucher

Nationwide venues

From £50.00

Driving Choice Voucher
  • Flexible driving gift voucher tokens
  • You choose the amount to buy
  • They choose the experience they want
  • FREE premium packaging included worth £4.99
 

Should I buy this experience?

Who it's for

Driving a tank is the stuff of childhood dreams for many. It's one of those activities that is on many people's bucket list. After all, it's not everyday you get to trundle around in a mega powerful fully-tracked vehicle is it? This is one of our most popular driving activities, loved by those from all walks of life - and it's a great spectator activity too! We say go for it!

Who it's not for

If you really don't like confined spaces you might want to be selective about which tanks you choose to drive. You may prefer some of the heavy-duty military vehicles instead, as you're in more of a traditional lorry cab for some of these.

Tank Driving Experience FAQs

 
 

Where can I go tank driving near me?

We have tank driving and military driving experiences at centres around the country. Our current locations include the likes of:

  • Cambridgeshire
  • Dorset
  • Hampshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Northamptonshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • Stirling & Kinross
  • Wiltshire
 
 
 

Do I need a driving licence to drive a tank?

Nope. It's very different to driving your average car, so there's no advantage in knowing how to drive! If you opt for the military vehicle drives you don't need a licence as you're on private land, but you will need to know how to drive as these are like big trucks with the usual gears and pedals.

 
 
 

Are there any restrictions for tank driving?

Height and weight limits vary according to the vehicles and at each location, but in general, for the adult tank driving sessions you need to be at least 16 years old. Minimum height varies from 4ft to 5ft, with maximum height 6ft 4". Maximum weight is 20 stone. For the military vehicles the lower age limit is often 17 years. Passengers can be as young as 8 in most cases.

 
 
 

Can I combine tank driving with shooting activities?

Yes. We have a brilliant experience that combines tank driving with a madcap game of paintball, so you'll be trundling along trying to splat the enemy as you go! We have to say, tank driving and paintballing combined is a great choice for hen and stag group outings.

 
 
 

Can I be a passenger in the tank?

Quite often you'll be a passenger in the tank or vehicle when you're not driving. This is especially the case in the Armoured Personnel Carrier, as the rear of the tank has a purpose built cabin for transporting troops. Same for the Army trucks, there may be room up front in the cabin or on the rear platform for passengers. Some venues offer passenger rides for friends and family who are there to spectate as well.

 
 
 

Will I get to drive the tank in water?

Some venues do have water splashes that you may be able to drive your tank or military vehicle through. Make sure you have a read of the itinerary for the tank driving day you're interested in to see just what you'll be doing.

 
 
 

Will I be driving the tank on an obstacle course?

All tank driving venues are off-road and most have purpose-built tank and military vehicle driving courses, which include things likes bumps, drops and hills for you to tackle. As those tracks churn up the earth, expect it to be pretty dirty and muddy out there, so dress appropriately.

 
 
 

Do you offer tank driving for juniors?

Yes we do. These are all listed on our  Junior Tank Driving pages  . You can even buy experiences for little kids and big kids (i.e. Mums and Dads) to all go tank driving together.

 
 
 

What sort of tanks can I drive?

We've got FV432s, the renowned Armoured Personnel Carrier tanks, we've got rare Russian tanks and we've got the behemoth that is the Chieftain tank. As well as all these fully-tracked tanks, there's also an impressive collection of military vehicles for you to drive, from 6x6 DAF Army Trucks, to special edition Army Landys and go-anywhere ArgoCats.

 
 
 

Can I crush a car on these tank driving experiences?

Yes! For some of our experiences driving the tank over a poor, innocent family hatchback is the reward for the best driver of the day. Other suppliers offer specific tank driving sessions, where the whole aim of your session is to drive over the car. Make sure you check each page for the details, or get in touch with us for more info by email, on-line chat or 01959 578100.

 
 
 

Can I drive a Chieftain tank?

Yes! This is by far the most talked about tank when it comes to driving these military monsters. It's also the biggest one we have on the books, so little wonder it attracts so much interest. We have several suppliers offering Chieftain tank driving experiences.

 
 
 

What should I wear to go tank driving?

You need to wear comfortable clothes for being outdoors. Most tank driving operators provide overalls and helmets. As for what you wear on your feet, prepare for it to be muddy out there, so wellies or sturdy boots are best.

 
 
 

Will I be driving with the hatch closed?

Normally for these experiences you'll be at the controls of the tank with the hatch open, so you can see where you're going. It feels a bit weird, as you're using your hands on the levers inside the tank, but looking out above the hatch to see where you are. On some experiences, you may get to try driving the tank with the hatch closed - please see each individual experience page for the full details of what each experiences entails.

 
 
 

Are the tanks genuine?

Yes. The tanks and military vehicles are usually Army surplus, so once decommissioned, they get sold off. Many of the tanks have served in front-line battle zones, so you can't get much more authentic when it comes to genuine military tank driving experiences.

 
 
 

Can you drive a tank on the road?

Again, lots of people ponder this question. The short answer is 'yes - sometimes' and you can read all about how and  when you can drive a tank on the public roads  in our in-depth blog article. So yes, in theory you can jump in your Chieftain and drive your tank down to your local McDonalds…

 
 
 

How do you actually drive a tank?

We thought you'd ask this! It's totally different to any other vehicle you will have driven, which is why we put together this handy little  video to explain just how you drive a tank  and how these full-tracked beasts move and steer. Just remember, there's no steering wheel on a tank, it's all levers!

 
 
 

What's it like inside a tank?

Well despite being big and robust on the outside, conditions for the driver inside a tank are often cramped and pretty dark - especially when the hatch is closed! Take the FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier for example. Climb in and you'll find your knees are pretty much up against the two main control levers (yep, it's levers rather than a steering wheel!) and the speedo is mounted next to you at thigh height. As for the seat, well there's no back rest on it and it's more like a little leather stool you perch on. Still, comfort probably wasn't high on the list of priorities when such battle zone machines were designed...