School WW1 Battlefield Tour Ypres
On a tour to the WW1 battlefields in Ypres, your group will experience the living conditions in the trenches and the destructive power, waste and futility of war. One of the most popular visits among our school history groups are the British Dugout Experience and German Trench Experience at the Passchendaele Museum. You'll also visit war museums, memorial parks and much more, and we can also organise for a local, experienced tour guide to join your coach. During the WW1 tour, you will watch your group relate to history and reflect on past events.
Travel with us between 2014-18 and receive an extra 3 free places on your tour!
Causes of the war, the Western Front, development of warfare - tactics and technology, impact of the Great War, the ‘actualities of war’ –the experience of soldiers, the relationship between officers and their men.
Specifications & Topics Supported
• AQA ‘B’ Britain at War – controlled assessments
• Edexcel ‘A’ War and the Transformation of British Society (1903 –1928) | The part played by the British on the Western Front | The Impact of War on Britain
• Edexcel ‘B’(SHP) - Unit 1, Option 1C The Changing Nature of Warfare
• Edexcel Unit 2C1 The Experience of Warfare in Britain (1854 –1929)
Early morning: Coach to depart school
Midday: Arrive Ypres
Visits to: In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, the Menin Gate, Hill 62 Museum and Sanctuary Wood, Tyne Cot British cemetery and Langemark German cemetery
Evening: Depart Ypres
Late evening: Arrive back at school
Even in the annals of the First World War, Passchendaele has become a byword for brutal, senseless slaughter. We highly recommend a visit to this newly-opened museum which gives visitors an oversight of the battle fought here in 1917 and offers them a chance to descend into a replica British dugout, complete with bunks, communication posts and an operating theatre.
Housed in the former Cloth Hall in the historic heart of Ypres. In Flanders Fields is a perfect starting point for an exploration of the Ypres salient. This interactive museum allies artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations and contemporary artwork to vividly portray the horror and brutality of the events of 1914-1918. Visitors use their Poppy B...
within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces, this is the largest military cemetery in the world with 11,908 graves. It takes its name from the German concrete bunkers, whose ruins still remain, which were thought by soldiers from the 50th Northumbrian division to look like Tyneside cottages.
Situated on the Menin Road where men used to march from Ypres to the front lines, the Menin Gate is a memorial to some 55,000 British soldiers killed in the Ypres salient who have no known grave. The famous Last Post ceremony takes place here at 20.00 each evening.
One of only four German military cemeteries in Belgium, visiting Langemark makes for an interesting contrast with nearby Tyne Cot. Don't miss Emil Krieger's striking monument to the student battalions who were slaughtered here in 1914.
Canadian doctor John MacRae wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields" at this dressing station, the remains of which can still be visited. At the nearby Essex Farm Cemetery, Rifleman Strudwick, at fifteen years of age the youngest British Soldier to be killed on the Western Front, is buried.
In 1992 a group of amateur archeologists named “The Diggers” first discovered the remains of an original British trench. In addition to many artefacts “The Diggers” discovered the remains of 155 First World War soldiers. The casualties they discovered were British, French and German, lost in battle and never recovered for seventy years. A section of the trench, with entranc...
Away from the turmoil of battle in the Ypres Salient, Poperinge developed into the nerve centre of the British sector. From December 1915 onwards, in the centre of this lively town, Chaplain Philip Clayton opened a "soldiers' house" providing rest and recreation to all soldiers coming in regardless of rank. For hundreds of thousands, this place became 'a home from home', where they found a little ...
Sanctuary Wood and its trench museum are today the most authentic and vivid portrayal of what is was like to live in the filth and mud of Flanders. The museum collection contains equipment removed from the battlefield in the vicinity. There is a room with many photographs on the walls and a large, rare collection of three dimensional photo images in viewing boxes.
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Very easy trip to organise thanks to the Halsbury team.
Another fantastic trip, well-organised and well-presented. The activities were perfect for KS3 pupils and the trip ran like a well-oiled machine! The Platoon Experience was a particular highlight for the pupils, and the length of each activity was great. The Munchenhof hotel was, again, an excellent place to stay with good food for pupils, a good communal space and very safe. We will certainly be booking this tour for the 3rd year in a row.
A really good schedule for students to learn about the events of the war and to commemorate the fallen.
This is a great trip. Year 9 pupils love visiting the trenches and are always moved by their visit to Tyne Cot. The Chocolate shop visit is always brilliantly orchestrated.
Excellent trip, made a real impact on the students
The trip was excellent, as were the arrangements.
Excellent administration. Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects. Good spread of visits.
The trip was brilliantly organised by Halsbury and the coach driver was outstanding.
The whole trip was fantastic. We loved the walk around Ypres especially seeing the Menin Gate. The children loved the visit to the chocolate shop. We enjoyed the Passchendaele Museum - it's a quirky collection of items from WW1 and a reconstructed dugout and trench experience. The visit to the war graves was moving and memorable. The children especially loved Hill 62, real life (wet and stinky) trenches. This is a wonderful trip and our Year 6s have not stopped talking about it since. Our drivers were fantastic - one acted as tour guide giving us top tips on how to get the most out of our visit and rearranged our itinerary to maximise our times at each place. All highly recommended.
The trip was a huge success. The coach was fantastic; it was clean, comfortable and a joy to travel in. All the drivers involved were extremely professional, approachable and helpful and were willing to adapt to our needs when we requested. I would like to thank everyone involved with helping us to plan, prepare and carry out the trip.
The planning and preparation by Halsbury Travel was superb. Staff were efficient and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our second trip with them. We have already booked next year.
Excellent trip - it made a real impact on the students.