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History of Warfare School Trip to Ypres, Waterloo & Dunkirk

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Explore the history of warfare with your students on a history school trip to Waterloo, Ypres and Dunkirk!

From the cavalries of Waterloo, to the trenches of WW1 and the industrialised warfare of WW2, your students will have the opportunity to explore for themselves the significant developments in warfare between 1815 and 1945. We’ll tailor your trip to meet your specific requirements, but not to be missed is the opportunity to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, where your students can lay a wreath on behalf of your school.

Prefer to concentrate on the developments in warfare between the two world wars? We also offer a history of warfare school trip to Normandy and the Somme

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 4 days/3 nights)

Day 1/4

Morning

Morning

Depart from school
Afternoon

Afternoon

Arrive in Ypres and visit Passchendaele Museum and Tyne Cot British Cemetery
Evening

Evening

Evening meal

Day 2/4

Morning

Morning

Visit the Wellington Museum 

Evening

Evening

Evening meal

Visit the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony

Day 3/4

Morning

Morning

Visit In Flanders Fields Museum, Hill 62 Museum, Essex Farm Dressing Station, Hooge Crater Museum

Evening

Evening

Evening meal

Day 4/4

Morning

Morning

Drive to Dunkirk and visit the Operation Dynamo Museum

Visit La Coupole Museum - former Nazi V2 rocket base

Afternoon

Afternoon

Eurotunnel crossings and return to school

What's included?

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  • tick iconReturn Channel crossings
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Educational activities and visits

Essex Farm

Essex Farm

John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains, to this day, one of the most memorable war… Read more

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

Sanctuary Wood and its trench museum show an authentic and vivid portrayal of what is was… Read more

Hooge Crater Museum

Hooge Crater Museum

On the site where some of the fiercest battles were fought is the 'Hooge Crater' Museum… Read more

In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum

This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations… Read more

Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has sounded at the Menin Gate at 20:00 in homage to… Read more

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

The museum commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, in which there were 500,000… Read more

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces lies the… Read more

Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum

People come from all over the world to find out more about the events of 18th June 1815.… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Bellewaerde Park

Bellewaerde Park

Bellewaerde Park is Belgium’s oldest theme park. Built around an ancient castle, this … Read more

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Hans and Stephanie are always happy to welcome you to their chocolate shop! Situated in … Read more

Accommodation

Hotel Menin Gate
Munchenhof Hotel
Ypres Lodge
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.
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.
Ypres Lodge
Ypres Lodge is one of the top choice hotels for school groups travelling to the battlefields.

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, karaoke 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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