School Trips to Verdun
At the heart of the trench warfare which typified World War One, Verdun remains an area scarred by war - a landscape of trenches, cemeteries, artillery, forts and battlefields. A poignant reminder of the hundreds of thousands of men from both sides who experienced untold horrors and gave their lives for their countries, Verdun was home to one of the Great War’s bloodiest and most intense battles, and a precursor to the fabled Battle of the Somme.
Visit the ruins of villages and towns destroyed by artillery shells. Take a guided tour through the forest where once lay trenches and where the cratered soil entombs the remains of countless combatants. Climb the Ossuary for panoramic views over the countryside. Pay your respects at France’s largest military cemetery from World War One and understand the sheer scale of human loss in visual terms.
Explore the underground tunnels of the Citadel, or dormitories and officer’s quarters of Fort Douaumont to experience the conditions of everyday life for an average soldier in the garrison. See the remains of armaments, fortifications and the ammunition used to cause such widespread destruction. Consider the sacrifices made to maintain French control over Verdun.
Four and a half hours from Calais, Verdun is easily accessible from the UK.
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Below is a sample of Excursions Equity can organise for your trip to Verdun - for subject specific excursions have a look at the
recommended educational trips for Verdun
Guild of Battlefield Guided Tour
Listen to the vivid stories told by your guide as you tour an area that was devastated more than most in 1916. After intense fighting, this ‘Zone Rouge’ was in such bad shape that the destroyed villages were never rebuilt.
Bayonet Trench Memorial
This memorial recognises the site one of the most horrific war scenes in WWI, where dozens of bayonets were found in the ground and underneath each rifle a French soldier was discovered.
The Chatel Gate
During the longest battle of WWI, much of the city of Verdun was destroyed, yet the Chatel Gate remained standing. Verdun’s oldest gate, it dates back to the 13th century and is the only remaining piece of the city’s medieval walls.
The Ossuary (Ossuary of Douaumont)
A mausoleum for the Battle of Verdun’s unidentified soldiers, this building’s pink granite tombs contain the remains of those who died. Watch the film, ‘Verdun, the men of mud’ and climb the tower for a view across the battlefields.