History school trips to Verdun
Verdun saw conflict during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century and the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, but is most known as the scene of one of the most intense battles of the First World War and for this reason is a popular choice for a History school trip. The Battle of Verdun typified the attrition battles seen throughout the war and resulted in colossal casualties. Visit The Ossuary where the remains of approximately 130,000 combatants from both French and German forces are housed in, whose tower offers views over the surrounding battlefields, and in front of which lies the largest French military cemetery of the First World War. Or take your students to the Chatel Gate which dates back to the 13th century and was one of the few building that remained standing after the battle. A true insight into the atrocities of World War One, Verdun offers valuable excursions for a History school trip.
- Arrive in Verdun around midday
- Guided city tour
- Visit to the Bayonet Trench Memorial
- Ossuary of Douaumont
- Visit The Chatel Gate
- Return to UK
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Hotel Ibis Budget Verdun
- Tourist information desk
- Modern rooms
A budget friendly hotel that offers good facilities and is close to the centre of Verdun for groups on an educational school trip.
Location: A 5 minute drive to the centre of Verdun and only a 5 minute walk to the closest restaurant.
Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Some rooms have bunk beds.
Accommodation: Up to 3 beds in each room, all are en-suite.
Meals: Buffet breakfast.
Hôtel Le Privilège
- Free Wi-Fi
- Short drive to Verdun
A quaint hotel in a great location close to the centre of Verdun offering standard rooms for school groups.
Location: A 4 hour drive from Calais/Paris and a 5 minute drive to the centre of Verdun.
Facilities: Basic hotel with restaurant, Wi-Fi, bar, meeting room and terrace.
Accommodation: Single and double rooms available, all en-suite.
Meals: Buffet breakfast and dinner (buffet or a la carte) available.
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Subject Specific Excursions
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.
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