Ypres Battlefields History

School tours

A trip to the trenches, battlefields and memorials of Ypres deepens understanding of the sacrifices of WWI

Highlights

  • Original trench layout at Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood
  • The moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate
  • Unidentified graves at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
  • The interactive In Flanders Fields Museum
Typically £295 per student.
Based on a 2 night tour for 35 students, travelling April 2018

What's included: 

  • Travel by British touring coach
  • Return Channel crossing
  • Accommodation, full board
  • Insurance
  • 1 teacher place for every 8 students
  • Excursion entrance fees not included

Suggested itinerary for School groups

Day 1

Depart school in your coach
Channel crossing to Calais. Journey time from Calais to Ypres about 1.5 hours without excursion stops
Visit Poperinge and the Yorkshire Trench and Dugout
Arrive at your Ypres Salient accommodation - evening meal included

Day 2

Breakfast and packed lunch included
WWI Battlefield sites, including the In Flanders Fields Museum, Essex Farm Cemetery, Hooge Crater, Hill 60 and 62 and Sanctuary Wood
Attend the Last Post Ceremony - evening meal included

Day 3

Breakfast and packed lunch included
Depart for Calais via the Tyne Cot Military cemetery, German cemetery at Langemark and Passendale Museum.
Channel crossing
Arrive school
Laura Burton | Travelbound

By exploring the trenches, tunnels, battlefield sites and museums of the Ypres Salient, students really start to understand the events of the Great War.

Laura Burton
Travelbound WWI Battlefields Tour Co-ordinator
Typically £295 per student.
Based on a 2 night tour for 35 students, travelling April 2018

Ypres was one of the key battlegrounds during World War One, its position integral to the German advance on France. Known as a salient because it was exposed to the enemy on three sides, the town was extremely vulnerable and much of it was destroyed. Although the Germans never got the upper hand and were eventually forced to retreat, trench warfare developed, leading to several years of uncomfortable stalemate.

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A school trip to Ypres is a moving experience for everyone involved, the cemeteries, museums and battlefields really bringing home the hardships endured by troops, and the sacrifices that had to be made.

Every evening at the Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres, a lone bugler plays the Last Post to a silent audience. The solemn ceremony is a poignant reminder of the many lives lost during the Great War, and many school trips choose to lay a wreath here in recognition.

Even today farmers ploughing their fields in the land around Ypres are unearthing fragments of the war. Many of them are collected in the Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood Museum, an absorbing portrait of the battles for the town, made up of thousands of historical artefacts such as gas masks and weaponry.

The Yorkshire Trench, dug in 1915, has been superbly-reconstructed. Students can wander the trench system, noting how the narrow walls and proximity to the German line would have made life extremely difficult for soldiers living here for years at a time and already struggling to survive against sickness, disease and the cold weather.

Nowhere is the tragic loss of life during the war more apparent than the sprawling Tyne Cot Cemetery. The largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, students can wander through over 11,000 gravestones, the majority of them still unnamed.

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The group loved the excursions. Some of the favourites were to Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Choco Story Museum and Bruges.

Lancing College, West Sussex

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Typically £295 per student.
Based on a 2 night tour for 35 students, travelling April 2018