WW1 Battlefields School Trip

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Experience the living conditions in the trenches and the destructive power, waste and futility of war with our school trips to the WW1 battlefields.

You can visit France or Belgium – or combine the two for a comprehensive experience of the Western Front.

Wherever you choose to go on your battlefields school trip, your students will learn more about the huge scale of the conflict, the personal experiences of the soldiers, and the effect on civilian life in the areas around the battlefields. And you’ll be helping to keep the memory of the First World War alive for future generations.

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Visit the French Battlefields

One million men were wounded or killed in the Battle of the Somme, making it one of the deadliest battles in human history. On a trip to France, your students can follow the events of the 1916 Battle of the Somme by following the Circuit of Remembrance.

They’ll be able to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers at Thiepval Memorial and see how soldiers from all around the world fought here, with visits to the Newfoundland Memorial and Delville Wood. At the Somme 1916 Museum, they’ll explore interactive exhibits that will deepen their understanding of the events of the battle and the experience of the soldiers who fought in it.

At the Lochnager Crater, the largest man-made crater in the world, your students can reflect on the impact of WW1, as the crater is now a memorial dedicated to peace, fellowship and reconciliation between all the nations who fought on the Western Front.

Visit the Belgian Battlefields

In Ypres, you can explore the preserved trenches at the Hill 62 Museum and take part in the Platoon Experience at the Passchendaele Museum. And you can pay your respects to fallen soldiers at Tyne Cot British Cemetery.

The In Flanders Fields Museum uses fantastic interactive exhibits to bring to life the horror and brutality of the Great War and the lives of those on the Western Front. Meanwhile, at Talbot House, your students will see another side to the experience of the soldiers who fought here.

A truly unforgettable moment of your battlefield tour will be the opportunity to participate in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Why arrange a school trip to the WW1 battlefields?

Keep the memory of WW1 alive

The First World War was fought over a century ago and as time passes, there is a real risk that the world will forget the horrifying scale of destruction and the absolute futility of war. By taking your students to the battlefields, you’ll help to keep the memory alive for future generations.

Your students will explore the personal stories of soldiers who fought in the war. They’ll even be able to explore some of the trenches to get a better idea of the terrible conditions in which soldiers were living, fighting and dying.

And they’ll be able to visit memorials and war cemeteries where the scale of the loss of life will be brought home. You could even ask them to research family connections or find the grave of a former student of the school, to help them connect with the stories of the soldiers.

Help them understand trench warfare

Visiting the battlefields on a school trip allows students to gain a deeper understanding of trench warfare, including how the trenches were set up and the conditions experienced by the soldiers.

They’ll be able to visit reconstructed trenches, where the personal stories of soldiers will be brought to life. And they’ll have a better understanding of the fear that they would have felt when being ordered to go over the top.

Your students will also be able to learn more about the infrastructure on the Western Front. They’ll learn more about what happened to injured soldiers, and those suffering from trench foot and trench fever. And they’ll find out where they could go for a little respite before returning to the fighting.

Enjoy the trip as much as your students

Originally founded by former teachers, we understand the value of history trips and how to make them successful.

Your trip will be completely tailor-made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you have.

In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in history as much as your students.

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Delville Wood

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

Lochnagar Crater

On the morning of the first day of the battle of the Somme, Welsh miners blew a huge mine under

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

Somme 1916 Museum

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

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

Ulster Tower

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

Vimy Ridge

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

Essex Farm

John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains, to this day, one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is

In Flanders Fields Museum

This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations and contemporary artwork to vividly portray the horror and brutality

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

The museum commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, in which there were 500,000 casualties in 100 days in which

Menin Gate

Situated on Menin Road where men used to march from Ypres to the front lines, the Menin Gate is a

Talbot House

Away from the turmoil of battle in Ypres, Poperinge developed into the nerve centre for the British army. From December

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces lies the largest cemetery for Commonwealth

Yorkshire Trench

In 1992 a group of amateur archeologists named “The Diggers” first discovered the remains of an original British trench. In

Hooge Crater Museum

On the site where some of the fiercest battles were fought is the 'Hooge Crater' Museum 1914-1918, one of the

Bellewaerde Park

Bellewaerde Park is Belgium’s oldest theme park. Built around an ancient castle, this theme park is located only 75 minutes

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

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