History Trips to WWI Battlefields

The First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts ever historically recorded and one of the largest wars in the world. The "Great War" as it was known was partly responsible for massive political changes that have stood strong to this day and the courage of the soldiers on the Battlefields of WWI is well documented.

School trips to the WWI Battlefields will give your students a brilliant educational opportunity to really comprehend the events of 1914-1918 and even follow a personal story. This educational tour will take you to some of the world’s most famous battle grounds, memorials and cemeteries in the Somme, Ypres and Verdun locations.

Prices start from£259pp

Popular itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Arrive in Belgium In Flanders Field Museum & Menin Gate Evening meal
2 Tour of Ypres including Hill 62, Sanctuary Wood, Tyne Cot & Langemark Cemeteries
3 Tour the Thiepval Memorial, the Newfoundland Memorial Park, the Ulster Memorial Tower and the South African Memorial Evening meal
4 Visit Vimy Ridge Transfer to Calais, board Ferry/Eurotunnel to Dover Arrive back in the UK
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Morning Arrive in Belgium
Afternoon In Flanders Field Museum & Menin Gate
Evening Evening meal
Morning Tour of Ypres including Hill 62, Sanctuary Wood, Tyne Cot & Langemark Cemeteries
Afternoon
Evening
Morning Tour the Thiepval Memorial, the Newfoundland Memorial Park, the Ulster Memorial Tower and the South African Memorial
Afternoon
Evening Evening meal
Morning Visit Vimy Ridge
Afternoon Transfer to Calais, board Ferry/Eurotunnel to Dover
Evening Arrive back in the UK

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Reasons to Visit

In Flanders Fields Museum

This has been modernized. Audio-visual material has been introduced and the emphasis has become more reactive. Students are given tickets which enable them, for instance, to follow the history of a soldier, civilian or nurse in the Salient. Three ‘person-booths’ which are operated by the bar code on their ticket give the historical details. There are excellent and very detailed work sheets.

Medical Evacuation Tour

Follow the medical evacuation route of the 48th South Midland division during the Third battle of Ypres. This tour run by In Flanders Fields Museum stops at Buffs Road cemetery, Gwalia farm (Main Dressing Station) and Mendinghem Cemetery (Casualty Clearing Station). Not every casualty followed this route to its end. Some returned to battle and some died before reaching the hospitals behind the lines. A great tour for understanding the scale of the medical operations of the war.

Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum

An important and popular site. Besides a small museum, it contains an excellent example of first World War trenches complete with dugouts and communication trenches. The museum is owned by the family Schier who have preserved this small part of the front more or less intact since 1919. It is called Sanctuary Wood because in 1914 it was a quiet area where troops, cut off from their units, could be gathered together and eventually sent back to their corrects battalions.

Hill 60

A very interesting and compact site which illustrates some important facts about the Ypres Salient and the fighting in it. There is a German bunker, which British troops took over and added to. It was also used in the Second World War. The remains of the craters can be seen, which were the product of the work of tunnelling experts. The best preserved is Caterpillar Crater in private grounds across the railway line. Facing the road is a memorial to the Australian tunnellers.

Menin Gate Memorial to the Fallen

The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen, is played by the buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. It is the intention of the Last Post Association to maintain this daily act of homage in perpetuity. A very moving ceremony and often the highlight of a Battlefields tour.

Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont-Hamel

It consists of 80 acres of land purchased by the Government of Newfoundland after the end of the War to commemorate the attack of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, which failed after sustaining nearly 800 casualties. As it is so clearly laid out you will probably find that it is the most useful battlefield site on the Somme for practical fieldwork.

Talbot House

It opened in December 1915 and was the inspiration of the Reverend Neville Talbot who named it after his brother, Lieutenant Gilbert Talbot (who is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery). He immediately set about making the house an oasis of peace and ‘normality’. He was so successful that after the War the Toc H (military signallers code for Talbot House) Movement was founded to help the unemployed and keep alive the ‘brotherhood of the trenches’.

Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing

This is the largest British military cemetery in the world where 11,871 soldiers are buried as well as panels registering the names of soldiers who have no known grave. The Cemetery is built on a ridge from which there is a good view over the Salient to Ypres in the distance. Its position therefore explains why it was so hard to seize and the advantages of occupying it. 

Poperinge

Poperinge was the forward base for the whole of the Ypres Salient and was therefore completely surrounded by training camps, depots and hospitals. Many Belgian refugees from Ypres also tried to find shelter here. It was, too, the first place behind the lines where soldiers could find some form of relief from the horrors of life in the trenches.

St. George’s Memorial Church (in Elverdingstraat)

It was built in 1928-29 as a place of worship for the British colony in Ypres, most of which were employed by the Imperial Graves Commission. It is now a memorial to all those who died in the Salient. It is worth a visit only if time permits as it tells us more about the inter-war British colony in Ypres than it does the War.

Essex Farm Cemetery

There are 1,200 servicemen of the First World War buried or
commemorated in this cemetery. 103 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate 19 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and is on the site of the British Front Line. It was in Essex Farm Cemetery that Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps wrote the poem In Flanders Fields' in May 1915.

Hooge Crater Museum

The British position in the ‘Hooge’ area had become quite unstable
in the summer of 1915. The Brits tried to eliminate this fortified
German bastion with a limited but well targeted attack. They let
explode more than 1700 kg of dynamite in a tunnel, made by the
special Tunneling Companies of Royal Engineers. All this happened on July 19th, 1915. This crater was later recalled ‘Hooge Crater’.

Langemark German Cemetery

There are relatively few German cemeteries on the Western Front
battlefields. As the invaders the land that France and Belgium was
prepared to grant was limited, in comparison to their British allies.
Although this cemetery is much smaller in area than Tyne Cot, in
fact it has many more burials. This is because the burials are
effectively in the form of several mass graves.

Passchendaele Memorial Museum

During the British attack of 1917, there were 500.000 casualties in
100 days for a gain territory of only 5 miles. Passchendaele became an international symbol of senseless military violence in its most cruel form. In the Memorial Museum the memory of the battle is kept alive through images and movies, and a large collection of historical artefacts.

Combine this with Platoon Experience – Follow in the footsteps of the 40th Australian Battalion on 4th Oct 1917 with this interactive visit including a 3km battlefield walk in full uniform, an authentic ‘Tommy Tucker’ meal & a guided tour of the Memorial Museum

Bayernwald (Croonaert Wood)

Discover the German site with its 2 listening shafts, 300 metres of
trenches and 4 bunkers. Information panels and a scale model
explain the events of war and life at the front

Thiepval Memorial and Visitors Centre

The Thiepval Memorial bears witness to the fact that a high
percentage of those who died in the Battle of the Somme
have no known grave. Many bodies having been lost entirely
in the pulverised battlefield, and many others not found
until battlefield clearance took place after the war, by which
time all trace of their identity had disappeared in most cases.

Vimy Ridge

Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians
who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the
majestic and inspiring Canadian National Vimy Memorial which
overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge.
Students can take a guided tour of the tunnels, trenches and
cemeteries in groups of up to 20 people.

Lochnagar Crater

The Lochnagar mine crater on the 1916 Somme battlefields in
France is the largest man-made mine crater created in the First
World War on the Western Front. It was laid by the British Army's
179th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers underneath a German
strongpoint called “Schwaben Höhe”. The mine was exploded two
minutes before 07.30 am Zero Hour at the launch of the British
offensive against the German lines on the morning of 1 st July 1916.


Study Themes

Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4

  • Conflict & Tension, 1894-1918
  • First World War: 1914-1918
  • Medicine, Injuries, Treatment and Trenches: 1914-1922

Curriculum Topics Key Stage 5

  • The impact of war: 1914-1922
  • Origins of WWI: 1900-1914
  • The Changing Nature of Warfare: 1792-1945
  • The British experience of warfare: 1790-1918

 


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What You Say

The itinerary was really well planned and was exactly what was asked for. It was really lovely to follow the story of one person throughout and this really helped to bring the battlefields alive for the students. 

CTC Kingshurst Academy

Simon (our guide) was very knowledgeable and had a great understanding of student needs. The advice and support from Laura was fantastic and no question was ever an issue. I would recommend EST highly to all other organisations. 

Churchill Community College

Simon was wonderful with the students. He was flexible in the programme and we incorporated a couple of extra stops to visit graves and memorials of some of the old pupils of our school. 

Handsworth Grammar School

The trip went like clockwork and there were no issues at all. I would have no hesitation in working with you again. 

Pentrehafod School