School WW1 Battlefield Tour to Ypres and the Somme

Experience the living conditions in the trenches and the destructive power, waste and futility of war by touring the battlefields of the Ypres Salient and the Somme. Experience the events of the 1916 Battle of the Somme by following the Circuit of Remembrance, attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, explore the interactive In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres and visit the British Dugout Experience and German trench system at the Passchendaele Museum.

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Study Themes:
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 and the relationship between officers and their men.

Specifications & Topics Supported
GCSE
• 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
AS/A2
• Edexcel Unit 2C1 The Experience of Warfare in Britain (1854 –1929)

 MorningAfternoonEvening
Day 1 Travel from UK Passchendaele Museum - Trench Experience and Tyne Cot Cemetery

Evening meal and ten pin bowling

Day 2

1916 Somme Museum in Albert

Lochnagar Crater, Newfoundland Park, Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge

Evening meal and Last Post Ceremony
Day 3 In Flanders Fields Museum and Essex Farm Travel back to England

 

 

This price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
  • Return ferry or tunnel crossings
  • 2 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Free staff ratio 1:8
  • Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
  • Detailed information pack
  • Itinerary Manager
  • Motorway tolls & taxes
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.
School WW1 Battlefield Tour to Ypres and the Somme

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“The sites we visited were excellent and students were able to understand the impact of the First World War. Students particularly enjoyed Hill 62, Tyne Cot and Vimy Ridge as their highlights from the trip.”

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In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum

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...

Passchendaele Museum

Passchendaele Museum

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.

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

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.

Essex Farm

Essex Farm

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.

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

From the 9th to the 16th centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region, got used to hiding underground to avoid attacks from the invaders from Normandy and then Spain. During the First World War Albert became a British garrison town. It was from Albert that the doomed offensive on July 1st 1916 was launched. Later in 1918, at the time of the Ludendorff offensive, most of the town was be...

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

In April 1917, Canadian soldiers wrested control of the escarpment here in a brief but bloody battle. A striking monument, an interpretive centre and a section of preserved trenches commemorate them. Friendly, knowledgeable Canadian guides enliven tours of the battlefield and of the tunnels through the chalk that were so instrumental to victory. This is a highlight of any trip to the Somme.

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

On the first day of the battle of the Somme, eight hundred men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment went over the top here. Half an hour later, only 68 were left alive and uninjured. The preserved trenches and Caribou monument are a fitting memorial to these men who died thousands of mile from home. Please note that it's no longer possible to book guides in advance and so tours are now offered o...

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

The slaughter on the Somme wiped out a generation, and continues to cast a shadow on Britain’s popular consciousness. This colossal brick structure records the names of 72,000 British soldiers whose bodies were never found.

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

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.

Munchenhof Hotel

This school group hotel consists of 2 purpose-built annexes. Facilities include a bowling alley, free WiFi in the reception area, pool tables, table tennis, TV lounge, football pitch, table football and a basketball court.

All bedrooms are en-suite. The hotel has a self-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals. There is a swipe card system to gain entry to floors, rooms and lifts for extra security.

Hotel Menin Gate

This former textile factory provides a brilliant base for groups visiting the battlefields and is located 100m away from the Market Square in Ypres town centre.

Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, and staff in twins or singles (supplement may apply). All rooms are en-suite, and with a group size of 35 or more, you will have sole occupancy of the premises.

Breakfast is served on site, and evening meals are taken at a nice restaurant in the town centre just two minutes' walk away. Packed lunches are available on request.

Facilities include a recreational room with TV, pool table, pinball machines, table football, free WiFi throughout, a large garden, and a staff room with minibar and digital TV.

Poppies d'Albert

Poppies d'Albert is a purpose built hotel, catering exclusively for school groups. It is located in the historic town of Albert, in the very heart of the battlefields of the Somme.

The Hotel can accommodate 3 coaches at a time and each group of 45 people or more is allocated sole occupancy of their floor.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms all of which have en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Breakfast is served at the hotel, but the evening meal is taken in a local restaurant.

Each floor has a games room with a pool table and a drinks machine. There is also a staff lounge on each floor with computer, free internet access and minibar. A room is available for group activities. Next to the hotel are a football pitch and a swimming pool, both of which are happy to be used by the hotel's guests. View on map

Ypres Lodge

The 3* Ypres Lodge is a popular choice amongst school groups. From 2014 it consists of 3 wings.

All rooms are en-suite and have televisions. Students are in multi-bedded rooms while staff are provided with twins.

Breakfast is served every day, and both packed lunches and the evening meal are available on request from the hotel's on-site restaurant.

Hotel facilities free WiFi, pool tables, football pitch, table football, vending machines, karoake facilities (on request) and a meeting room for group activities. There is also a bar for group leaders to relax in during the evening.

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