History School & College Tours to Ypres
Ypres, combined with a visit to The Somme, is fascinating for students studying World War 1. Visit the battlefields to investigate the challenging conditions men faced and the complexities of trench warfare. Tour the cemeteries to appreciate the sheer scale of sacrifice, where many of the troops were barely older than your students. A visit to Ypres will provide them with a powerful and interesting understanding of the conditions experienced by the military. The region is really an ideal destination for history students.
- Vimy Ridge - The Canadian Memorial on the site of Hill 145. The taking of the Ridge was a major turning point for the Allied forces.
- Menin Gate - The War Memorial with the names of 54,896 missing soldiers engraved on the walls.
- Tyne Cot - The largest cemetery in the region. The white tombstones are arranged around the 'Cross of Sacrifice'.
- Hill 62 & Sanctuary Wood - A small part of the wood has been preserved for visitors to see an authentic section of the trenches.
- Langemarck Cemetery - The only German Cemetery in the Salient. An Oak panel at the entrance lists the names of all those 'missing in action'.
- In Flanders Fields Exhibition – Interactive museum that covers the war in Flanders, displayed through the eyes of the soldiers, refuges, nurses and children.
- Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater – This preserved battlefield bears witness to the ferocious fighting in the 1414-1918 Ypres Salient battles. The remains include two of the mines blown at the beginning of the Battle of Messines and a bunker can be found in the central area of the grounds.
- Passchendaele Memorial Museum – An ideal place to start your visit of the Passchendaele battlefields, this museum particularly emphasises the events surrounding the 1917 Battle, whilst incorporating narrative about the entire war in the Ypres Salient.
- The Lettenberg Bunkers – A chance to visit British headquarter dugouts that have been excellently restored.