English Literature school trips to Somme & Ypres
Take your students on a unique tour visiting key sites and memorials in Ypres and The Somme exploring the literature of World War 1. Visit the locations that inspired poets such as Siegfried Sassoon, John McCrae, Noel Hodgson and Wilfred Owen, as well as the events behind works described by author Robert Graves.
This tour puts poetry and novels of the Great War into their historical context and allows a greater understanding of these works. Students can also take part in the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
- Depart UK by coach
- After ferry crossing, visit Essex Farm Cemetery
- Check in to accommodation
- Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres)
- Louvencourt Military Cemetery
- Redan Ridge
- Lochnager Crater
- Point 110 New Military Cemetery
- Devonshire Cemetery
- Memorial Museum Passchendaele
- Depart for ferry and return journey to UK
N.B The basic 'from' prices do not include excursions, for a full package price... Request a quote
Poppies Youth International Hotel – Somme
- Set in historic centre.
- Recently refurbished
An ideal option for Schools and large groups located in the very centre of the battlefields of the Somme, closet to Lille, Arras, Amiens and less than 2 hours drive from Paris.
Location: Close to the town centre of Albert, ideally located for all the Somme WW1 excursions.
Facilities:On 3 separate floors, one per group. Each floor has got a meeting room and a games room. Free Wi-Fi throughout. Swimming pool next door.
Accommodation: 2-6 bedded rooms all with private facilities
Meals: Breakfast on site. Evening meals taken at the Corner’s Pub restaurant in Albert.
Ieper Lodge - Ypres
- Great value for money
- Multi-bedded student rooms
Purpose-built for school groups, the Ieper Lodge is in a great location near the centre of Ypres.
Location: Approximately 1 mile from the centre of Ypres, good value for money.
Facilities: WiFi, dining and games room, table football, ping pong and an outdoor area for games. Bar for the adults. Coach parking available.
Accommodation: 4-6 multi-bedded rooms for the students, twins or singles for the adults All have en-suite bathroom and TV
Meals: Full board, with continental breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
The Old Abbey - Ypres
- Traditional hotel set in its own grounds
- Spacious dining areas
A hospitable and welcoming hotel, The Hotel Old Abbey (Oude Abdij in Flemish) is a great accommodation choice for groups and is in an ideal location for excursions to the Battlefields.
Location: One hour drive from Calais, 25 minute drive from Ypres, in the small town of Lo.
Facilities:Games area including pool table, table tennis and table football, two large dining areas, outside garden and karaoke.
Accommodation: 2-6 bedded rooms plus a larger 8 bedded room, en-suite facilities and TV.
Meals: Full board, with continental breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner.
Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.
Subject Specific Excursions
You can download a fantastic smartphone app which will lead you through this cemetery by using real examples of people such as Nurse Jane and gardener Tom. From 1915-1920 the hamlet became the destination for the largest evacuation hospital in the Ypres Salient. There is a fabulous, modern, interactive visitor centre for your students to look round.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele
The museum gives an amazing impression of the bloody battle of Passchendaele in 1917 where 500,000 lost their lives. The museum also exhibits a superbly realistic British underground bunker system, where you can see the communication and the dressing post, headquarters and dorms.
Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres)
The famous British war memorial of WW1 and by far the most important edifice in Ieper (Ypres) to the British visitor. It was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. The names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved on its walls. The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen is played by buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers who died in Ypres. Members of the local Fire Brigade play at 8pm every single night and aim to maintain this daily act of homage in perpetuity.
Louvencourt Military Cemetery
The resting place of nurse Vera Brittain’s fiancée, Lieutenant Roland Leighton, the British poet and soldier, made posthumously famous by her best-selling 1933 memoir, Testament of Youth.
Students can see the landscape that inspired Wilfred Owen to write ‘Exposure’ as his company lay in the snow observing the German lines.
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Many of those who died in 1917 fighting to capture the village are buried in the nearby Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world.
Get a sense of scale standing on the edge of this mine crater, that was sprang at 7:28am on 1st July 1916 by British troops. The charge was placed beneath the German lines on the British section of the frontline to assist the infantry advance at the start of the Battle of the Somme. It left a crater 30 metres deep and 100 metres wide that now serves as a symbolic place to remember and reflect by all nations.
Point 110 New Military Cemetery
Visit the grave of David Thomas, friend of Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves. Both men were present at the burial of Thomas, who served in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and died on the night of 18th/19th March 1916. His death profoundly affected both men and it served to shape their writing in the years to come, including the poems ‘The Last Meeting’ and ‘A Letter Home’ by Sassoon, and in Graves’ autobiography ‘Goodbye To All That’.
The poem ‘Before Action’ by Lt Noel Hodgson, MC, was first published on 29th June 1916 in The New Witness weekly paper, two days before he died in action with the 9th Battalion the Devonshire Regiment on 1st July 1916, attacking the German positions in the village of Mametz. The cemetery where he is laid to rest was established on 4th July 1916, utilising a section of the old front line trench in Mansel Copse. Casualties were extremely heavy and a mass grave was dug with a wooden board inscribed with 'The Devonshires held this trench, the Devonshires hold it still'. This same inscription is now found on the stone memorial tablet unveiled in 1986. One of the victims was the war poet Lieutenant William Noel Hodgson, MC,
Essex Farm Cemetery
It was here that that Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps wrote the poem 'In Flanders Fields' in May 1915.