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School History Day Trip to The Somme

A history school day trip to the WW1 battlefields of the Somme will bring the experience of the soldiers to life for your students!

They’ll learn more about what’s been called the worst day in the history of the British Army, and they’ll visit various cemeteries and memorials to help them understand the sheer scale of the destruction.

Thanks to many historic sights being within a short distance of one another, this is a great location for a short but impactful school history trip. And it also works well in conjunction with English literature as a cross-curricular trip. Of course, if you decide you would like to stay a little longer, we do also offer multiday options

Sample itinerary

Day 1/1

MorningMorning

Depart school early morning 

Ferry/tunnel crossing

AfternoonAfternoon

Visit the Somme 1916 Museum, Thiepval, Ulster Tower, Deville Wood and Newfoundland Memorial Park

EveningEvening

Travel back to the UK

What's included?

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Activities

Delville Wood

Delville Wood

Nicknamed 'Devil Wood' by South African soldiers because of the horrendous losses they suffered here, this site… Read more

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

On the morning of the first day of the battle of the Somme, Welsh miners blew a huge mine under the German trenches here… Read more

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 at … Read more

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

From the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region, got used to hiding underground… Read more

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 conscious… Read more

Ulster Tower

Ulster Tower

The Ulster Tower is a memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division. It is located very near to the famous Schwaben… Read more

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

In April 1917, Canadian soldiers wrested control of the escarpment here in a brief but bloody battle. A striking monumen… Read more

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Accommodation

Poppies d'Albert
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.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms all of which have an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Breakfast is served at the hotel, and the evening meal 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 computers, free internet access and a minibar. A room is available for group activities. Next to the hotel are a football pitch and a swimming pool, both of which can be used by the hotel's guests.

Reviews

The Dean Academy, July 2019

Thank you for all your work & help - we had a very successful trip.

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