Ypres Trench Warfare

Ypres was the main British battlefield in WW1 and these one and two-day tours are an ideal way for students to discover and study trench warfare in Flanders.

Duration
1 - 2 Days
Key Stage
KS 3, 4, 5
Guides
1-2

Overview

Trench warfare was one of the most important aspects of WW1, where both sides were often very close together. The trenches provided troops with cover, a place to rest and a front line to fight in. This two-day tour around the battlefields of Ypres in Flanders gives students an insight into life in trenches as well as visiting and learning about key battles and battlefields from WW1.

Study Themes and Curricular Links

  • KS3 National Curriculum – The First World War and the Peace Settlement

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – War and British Society 1790-2010

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – Depth Study – Britain in Peace and War 1900-1918

  • EdExcel GCSE Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historic Environment – Medicine in Britain and the British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Period Studies – Germany, 1890-1945:Democracy and Dictatorship

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Wider World Depth Studies – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Breadth Study – Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851-1991

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Depth Study – International Relations and Global Conflict, c1890-1941

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth – The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects of Depth – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1859-1991

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – British Period Study – Britain 1900-1951

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historical Interpretation – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1792-1945

  • Scotland National Qualification Syllabus – The Impact of the Great War

  • WJEC Syllabus – Thematic Studies from a Broad Historical Perspective – The Development of Warfare, c1250 to the present day

  • WJEC Syllabus – Period Study – Europe in an Age of Conflict and Co-operation, c1890-1991

  • WJEC Syllabus – History in Depth – Politics and Society in Wales and England, c1900-1939

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Tour Includes


  • Specialist Battlefield Guide. For larger groups we have two guides per booking.

  • Tour pack of information and resources to use in the classroom.

  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunch and 2 dinners (2-day tour only).

  • Travel by coach from your school.

  • Channel crossings.


From £79 per student

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Sample Itinerary - 1-Day Tour

This is a tour that can be completed in a day trip from any location in the South-East of England within 2-3 hours of the Channel Tunnel.

Day 1 - Ypres: Hooge and Menin Gate

After an early morning departure from the school, we proceed to the Channel Tunnel and travel to France where we will continue our journey into Belgium and towards the Flanders region.

We begin our tour at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, where we look at the subject of medicine and warfare. This was the site of a main Casualty Clearing Station for the reception of wounded. We look at how medicine advanced during the war and the British adapted to dealing with the high level of casualties. We will also look at the role of the Women in WW1 who served as Nurses and see the grave of Staff Nurse Nellie Spindler, the only woman killed by enemy action in Belgium during WW1.

From here we travel to Hooge, a small hamlet on the battlefield east of the city of Ypres and the most important British battlefield of the war, where fighting was constant for four years.

At Hooge we look at the subject of Trench Warfare on the Western Front. We visit a set of full-size replica trenches where students can walk in the trench, see how it is designed and contrast the German approach to that of the British. Students will have the opportunity to safely handle helmets, water bottles, entrenching tools and other items under the supervision of one of our Specialist Battlefield Guides. We also spend time in the Hooge Crater Museum and will have lunch in the on-site café.

In the afternoon we have a short battlefield walk up onto the Bellewaarde Ridge where there was extensive mine warfare activity from 1915. Here, we visit mine craters and look at the ‘war underground’. We also get an amazing view into Ypres and use this to discuss the meaning of landscape, memory and Remembrance.

We end our tour in Ypres for a visit to the Menin Gate Memorial and some free time in the city before we return home via the Channel Tunnel with arrival back at the school expected in the late evening.

Menin Gate
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
Included Highlights
  • Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

  • WW1 Hooge Museum

  • WW1 Trenches Hooge

  • Mine Craters, Bellewaarde Ridge

  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Sample Itinerary - 2-Day Tour

This is a tour available from any location within 4 hours of the Channel Tunnel.

Day 1 - Ypres: Hooge and Menin Gate

After an early morning departure from the school, we proceed to the Channel Tunnel and travel to France.

We continue our journey into Belgium, and on to Flanders where we will begin our tour at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. We look at the subject of medicine and warfare: this was the site of a main Casualty Clearing Station for the reception of wounded, and we look at how medicine advanced during the war and the British adapted to dealing with the high level of casualties. We also look at the role of the Women in WW1 who served as Nurses and see the grave of Staff Nurse Nellie Spindler, the only woman killed by enemy action in Belgium during WW1.

From here we travel to Hooge. A small hamlet on the battlefield east of the city of Ypres, the most important British battlefield of the war where fighting was constant for four years.

At Hooge we look at the subject of Trench Warfare on the Western Front. We visit a set of full-size replica trenches where students can walk in the trench, see how it is designed and contrast the German approach to that of the British. Whilst here, students can safely handle helmets, water bottles, entrenching tools and other items under the supervision of one of our Specialist Battlefield Guides.

We also spend time in the Hooge Crater Museum and have lunch in the on-site café. In the afternoon we have a short battlefield walk up onto the Bellewaarde Ridge where there was extensive mine warfare activity from 1915. Here we visit mine craters and look at the ‘war underground’. We also get an amazing view into Ypres and use this to discuss the meaning of landscape, memory and Remembrance.

In the evening, we will check into our accommodation and sit down for our evening meal. We will then attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at Ypres, which takes place at 8 pm every evening.

Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Included Highlights
  • Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

  • WW1 Hooge Museum

  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Day 2 - Tyne Cot, Langemarck and Essex Farm

We start our second day at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth Cemetery in the world where almost 12,000 men are buried. Here, we begin to understand the scale of the First World War. We look at the story of missing soldiers commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, and then contrast the British approach to commemoration with that of the Germans.

We then visit Langemarck German Cemetery, where more than 44,000 German soldiers are buried, half of them in a mass grave.

Later we visit the trenches at Bayernwald, on the Messines Ridge, where we see a reconstructed German trench system with original bunkers. Here, we will look at trench warfare, trench design, and the importance of the Messines Ridge.

We finish the tour at Essex Farm, where we return to the subject of Medicine in War, seeing some original Advanced Dressing Station dugouts, looking at Casualty Evacuation. We also examine war poetry as Canadian medic, John McCrae, wrote the now immortal ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem here in 1915.

Finally, we look at the story of ‘Teenage Tommies’ and see the grave of Valentine Joe Strudwick, who fell near Ypres aged only 15.

We begin our return home via the Channel Tunnel with arrival back at the school expected in the late evening

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Essex Farm Dugouts
Essex Farm Dugouts
Included Highlights
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery in Ypres

  • Essex Farm Dugouts

  • Langemarck German Cemetery

  • Bayernwald German Trenches, Messines Ridge

Accommodation

Examples of the kind of hotels you can book.

The Poppies 1 & 2 - Outside Area
The Poppies 1 & 2 - Outside Area

Poppies School Hotel Ypres

De Stuersstraat 6, 8900 Ieper, Ypres,

Home sweet home for groups of up to 129 and a minimum of 25 in the historical centre of Ypres. Located next to the market square of Ypres, The Poppies 1 & 2 is the ideal accommodation for battlefield tours. Your stay in these authentic, classic, old School Hotel combined with its unique location will make your trip to the Ypres Salient unforgettable.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Located next to Ypres Market Square
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 45 people
  • Vending Machine
  • Games Room with Table Football, Pool Table and Pinball Machine
  • Night Guard on Duty
  • Dining Area

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room
Poppies D'albert - Outside View
Poppies D'albert - Outside View

International School Hotel - Poppies D'albert

1 Rue du 8 Mai 1945 80300 Albert, Albert,

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Located in the centre of Albert
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 45 people
  • Games Room with Table Football, Pool Table and Pinball Machine
  • Football and Basketball Pitches across from Hotel
  • Teachers Lounge
  • Breakfast Room

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room
The Menin Gate - Outside View
The Menin Gate - Outside View

Menin Gate School Hotel

Kauwekijnstraat 1 - 8900 Ypres, Ypres, 8900

Located on the doorstep of the Menin Gate Memorial and with the ramparts just across the street, this is the ideal location for groups visiting Ypres and its surrounding area. The Menin Gate offers quality group accommodation for groups of up to 52 persons, it’s a perfect base for school groups visiting the battlefields.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Central Location
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 35 people
  • Vending Machine
  • Pool Table and Ping-Pong Table
  • Teachers Lounge
  • Night Guard on Duty
  • Breakfast Room

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room
The Salient - Outside Area
The Salient - Outside Area

The Salient School Hotel

D'Hondstraat 27,, 8900 Ieper,

The Salient is a historical building in the centre of Ypres, located close to the market square. It can accommodate groups of up to 102 people in a quiet area, even though it's located in the heart of the city centre. The ground floor has recently been renovated entirely and opens onto the terrace and large private garden, which means enough place for everyone.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Located in a quieter area only 160m from Ypres Market Square
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 70 people
  • Vending Machine
  • Games Room with Table Football, Pool Table and Pinball Machine
  • Large Private Garden
  • Teachers Lounge
  • Night Guard on Duty
  • Breakfast Room

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room
Old School Haringe - Outside Area
Old School Haringe - Outside Area

Old School Haringe

Moenaardestraat 95 , 8972 Haringe-Poperinge,

This old school building can accommodate groups of up to 63 and a minimum of 25 in Haringe, a village located 11km from Poperinge, 25km from Ieper and less than 70km from Calais. It has 63 beds in 14 rooms all located on the ground floor. There is a dinning and communal area that can seat 80 people and if you have more than 45 people in your group, you do not have to share this accommodation with another group.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Located in a small village, in the heart of the Flanders Battlefields
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 45 people
  • Games Room with Table Football, Pool Table, Computer Games and Board Games
  • Dining Area

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room

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