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School History Day Trip to The Somme

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A history school 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.

To get the most out of your school trip to the Somme, we would highly recommend an overnight stay. Less tiring and much easier logistically, overnight trips often offer better value for money. Contact us for details!

Suggested Itinerary (1 day)

Day 1/1

Morning

Morning

Depart school early morning

Ferry/tunnel crossing

Afternoon

Afternoon

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

Evening

Evening

Travel back to the UK

What's included?

  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconMotorway tolls and taxes
  • tick iconReturn executive coach travel
  • tick iconReturn ferry/Eurotunnel crossings
  • tick iconVAT

Educational activities and visits

Delville Wood

Delville Wood

Nicknamed 'Devil Wood' by South African soldiers because of the horrendous losses they suffered here, this site commemorates the South… 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… 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… 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… 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 consciousness. This… 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… 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 monument,… Read More

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.

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1 Creating Your Perfect Trip

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3 After you've booked

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4 While you're away

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5 After your trip

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Need help?

Laura Martin — Tour Adviser

Don’t hesitate to contact me for any advice or further information on how your school trip can be tailored to your requirements.

Laura Martin
Trip worked very well indeed - thanks for all the support you gave us; we shall be booking again with you very soon. — Alexandra Park School, October 2018

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