History School Trips to the Western Front – Ypres Salient & the Somme
For four years the Western Front was the destination of mud, blood and fighting. Now, for 100 years it has been the destination of learning, understanding and remembrance.
A journey into the area brings home the reality of the conflict, taking you through a landscape dotted with cemeteries and memorials – from the large and imposing areas dedicated to tens of thousands of servicemen and women, to the smaller and more personal areas erected to individual soldiers and regiments.
Walk through reconstructed trenches, stand on the very ground that men fought and died for and let your students understand the accounts of those who lived through the conflict.
Bring history to life
A helping hand from a History Tour Guide.
Expert knowledge, an understanding of your students’ educational and social needs and in-the-field assistance are just three of the benefits of opting for a History Tour Guide. We have carefully selected a handful of guides who specialise in various areas of history including WWI, WWII and the Holocaust.
Find out more about how a Battlefield Guide can enhance your school’s History Trip.
“An educationally enriching, moving experience for all concerned.”
“A powerful experience that brought the past to life and made the Great War relevant to all of us.”
“Visiting the Wellington Quarry in Arras. It really made the history come alive and was awe-inspiring for the students.”
“A really effective and enjoyable educational experience for all involved, both students and staff.”
“A wonderful experience that brought history to life.”
Commemorating 100 years…
2014-2018 marks the centenary of WWI and there isn’t a better way to commemorate than with a battlefields trip. On the years running up to the start of the centenary many exhibitions and museums have undergone refurbishments such as the In Flanders Field Museum and the Paaschendaele Experience. Couple these extra special visits with some extra special offerings from Rayburn Tours, such as our unique local regiment and family history research service, and your trip will be an unforgettable one!
To find out what else is on offer in the regions to mark the centenary of the Second World War, visit the WWI Centenary page.
What other history teachers thought of Ypres and the Somme…
Our history clients rated their overall tour experience as 4.5 out of 5 and 95% said they would recommend a trip to the battlefields to a fellow teacher. Mrs Amy Kennedy of Saffron Walden County High School said, “It was a fantastic opportunity to try to understand the experiences of WWI and to make the students explore how it had such a major impact on so many people’s lives.”
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- Women – their role and the impact of war on their lives
- Medicine and medical advancement
- The Home Front
- The role of the Commonwealth and Empire troops
- Writers and poets
- Conflict and warfare over time
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Western Front Tour Study Visits
A History Trip to Ypres and the Somme provides students with an array of visits that will deepen their understanding of the WWI topics you have been teaching them about in the classroom. There are an abundance of visits to choose from and here are just some of our most highly recommended.
After the First World War a farmer returned to reclaim his land only to find a series of trenches in and around what was left of his wood. The farmer cleared and then left a section of a British trench system as he found it making this one of the only places where students have the opportunity to experience trench conditions on the Ypres Salient Battlefields. This visit is extremely popular with visiting school parties and will appear on virtually every itinerary of groups visiting the Salient.
In the early 1980’s some ground collapsed revealing a 4 foot high ‘L’ shaped tunnel built by British Army engineers. The tunnel was cleared and lighting installed to make it safe for visitors to walk through. A fascinating insight into life in these trenches for British troops!
The grandson of the farmer who reclaimed the land in 1919 now owns the private museum which stands on the same land which, today, has a unique collection of World War I items including a wide collection of weapons, uniforms and bombs.
Tyne Cot Cemetery
It’s often hard for students to comprehend the lives lost during the First World War, but a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery on the western front, begins to bring the sheer scale of sacrifice into a stark reality. There are over 11,900 graves including the graves of two interesting V.C. winners, Sgt. L. McGee (Plot XX, Grave E1) and Captain C.S. Jeffries (Plot XL Grave E1). They lie buried near the German pill box which they died attacking. The memorial wall at the rear of the cemetery bears the names of 34,888 soldiers who were killed between 16 August, 1917 and the end of the war and have no known grave.
Did you know that the cemetery was started in October 1917, after the taking of the nearby village of Passchendaele, but as fighting continued, the Germans retook the ground for a short time in 1918?
Our itinerary tip would be to compare Tyne Cot Cemetery with a visit to a Langemarck Cemetery not cared for by the Commonwealth.
Langemarck German Cemetery
Langemarck Cemetery is one of four First World War German cemeteries in the Flanders region and provides a striking contrast with those maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Smaller in area, it contains the bodies of 44,000 German soldiers, of whom around 25,000 lie near the entrance in a single, mass grave.
A resonant feature of the cemetery is the bronze statue of four mourning soldiers standing on the western boundary of the cemetery. The figures stand solemnly watching over many thousands of German casualties of war. Originally located at the entrance of the cemetery and moved when the cemetery was redeveloped, it still captures the eye of most visitors as they walk through the gates.
Menin Gate – The Last Post Ceremony
The Menin Gate bears the names of 54,896 British and Commonwealth soldiers lost between 1914 and 15th August 1917 and with no known grave. British casualties after 15th August 1917 are named on the memorial found at Tyne Cot cemetery.
The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. Today hundreds of thousands of people visit the site every year.
The best time to visit the Menin Gate is before the Last Post Ceremony which takes place at 20.00 hours each evening. At 19.55 every evening the traffic is stopped around the Menin Gate and the buglers arrive and stand ready at the eastern entrance of the Menin Gate Memorial. At 20.00 hours the buglers sound the last post bugle call which is followed by a minute’s silence. This is truly a moving experience for any visitor! If you are fortunate to visit the Menin Gate when there is an extended ceremony, we may be able to organise for your group to lay a wreath as a mark of respect.
For most of the war, Poperinge was a colourful garrison town packed with British troops seeking relaxation in the bistrots and brothels. In December 1915, recognising the need for alternative attractions, two army chaplains opened the Every Man’s Club. Philip ‘Tubby’ Clayton and Neville Talbot hoped that the troops would regard Talbot House as a ‘home from home’ where they could find peace and Christian fellowship. Rank was not recognised here and soldiers relaxed as equals in the library, reading room and garden.
Probably the most interesting room to visit is the loft, which was converted into a chapel with a carpenter’s bench serving as an altar. It is estimated that during the war, 25,000 men worshipped here. Talbot House today may be a listed building but it still serves as the spiritual HQ for TOCH – a worldwide movement that aims to bring together people of different races and beliefs.
The visitors’ tour is a great way to see the house, garden, Slessorium, Old House and “Concert Hall”. The “life behind the lines” permanent exhibition follows Tubby Clayton, the inspiration behind Talbot House, on a journey through his photo album showcasing images, objects, quotations from diaries, letters and authentic documents and the new Talbot House film sees him telling his mother the stories about Talbot House.
Death Cells and Execution Post
The ground floor of Poperinge’s Stadhuis (town hall) contains two cells in which deviant soldiers were held. Nineteen of these were convicted of serious crimes such as murder, desertion and cowardice and were executed by firing squad in the adjacent courtyard. Graffiti on the cell walls provides insights into minds of the men held here and vary from Christian symbols to crude cartoons.
The execution post stands in the courtyard next to a large silver panel with a few lines from a Kipling poem called ‘The Coward’ inscribed onto it.
Newfoundland Park, Beaumont-Hamel
Soldiers from all parts of the UK as well as Newfoundland lost their lives in the fighting here. However it was the 1st Newfoundland Regiment which suffered the highest casualty rate and it is their regimental symbol, the caribou which fittingly dominates this site.
The park has a number of memorials throughout including a bronze cast dedication stone found at the entrance ot the park and one of the five Caribou Memorials found on the Western Front. The Caribou Memorial is an excellent place to get a view across much of the Memorial Park and of Beaumont Village and on to Thiepval. The village of Beaumont-Hamel was a first day objective in the Battle of the Somme but did not fall until November 1916 when soldiers of the 51st (Highland) Division captured it.
Opened in 2008, the museum has been carefully created in a section of tunnels dug by the British Army during the First World War. These tunnels connect with some original tunnels dating back to the Middle Ages and Roman Times.
Visitors will enter the network at the Wellington Quarry visitors centre, which has been designed and built half submerged to capture the subterranean essence of the exhibit. Once inside, a glass lift will transport small groups of visitors down a further 20 metres to the tunnels where a guide will take them on a 350m circuit of part of the network. The tour, which will last just over an hour, uses original graffiti, drawings and sculptures along with sound and projected images to create a moving tribute to the young men who fought in the 9th April, 1917 Battle of Arras. On show are a number of objects found in the tunnels when they were discovered and excavated including mining trucks and bits of equipment, food containers such as glass bottles, tins and rum jars. The underground tour comes to an end as the group pass ‘Exit number 10’ – one of the exits which soldiers climbed through to reach the front lines.
Did you know that the New Zealanders based in this particular system named the place “Wellington”, after the capital city of New Zealand?
Vimy Ridge, now owned by the Canadian Government, is home to a Canadian memorial, tunnels, trenches and cemeteries all of which offer an interesting insight into the attack at Vimy Ridge. One of the most intriguing features of the visit are the front line trenches that have been reconstructed allowing your students to be safely let loose to explore giving yet another useful insight into the nature of trench warfare.
The surrounding landscape of the memorial park is most evocative when the setting sun accentuates the contours of the shell holes and mine craters. The interpretation centre by the coach park depicts a 7-minute film of the battle for the ridge, and the lighting and sound effects contribute greatly to understanding the objectives and results.
Situated in the grounds of Zonnebeke Chateau the Memorial Museum Passchendaele is the successor to the Streeksmuseum. The museum was opened on Anzac-day of 2004. It provides an informative oversight of the five battles of Ypres with visual displays including authentic photographic material, historical artefacts and dioramas. Visitors can visit a German trench and a 20 foot deep British dug-out, which consists of dressing and communication posts, headquarters and accommodation quarters.
Interestingly, Zonnebeke and Passchendaele are two little villages just outside Ypres where, during the British attack of 1917, there were 500.000 casulaties in 100 days for an advance of just a 5 mile stretch. A visit to Passchendaele can provoke a discussion about the sheer loss of lives in this and similar battles throughout the war.
In anticipation of the World War I Centenary, the existing museum has been extended to include three new sections focusing on the Battle of Passchendaele, the nations involved in the battle and outside, and a network of British and German trenches built using debris found on the battlefields. A truly unique experience!
Thiepval Memorial and Interpretative Centre
The former German strong point of Thiepval is now the site of the memorial to the missing. Carved on stone panels beneath its arches are the names of 72,246 British soldiers who fell on the Somme in 1916 and 1917 and whose bodies could not be identified. The small cemetery, which lies alongside, contains the graves of 300 French and 300 British soldiers to symbolise the fact that the Battle of the Somme was a joint effort.
The centre consists of a large exhibition that accounts for the history of Thiepval during the Great War. One element of the exhibition includes a large database which contains information on names found on the nearby Memorial. There are also three twenty minute films (that start on the hour) describing the Great War and the Battle of the Somme, the construction of the Memorial and Remembrance, and an account of events that happened during the Battle of Thiepval.
The attack on La Boiselle proved disastrous for the 34th Division in general and for the Northumberland Fusiliers in particular. In their honour, a commemorative stone bench has been erected on the old German front line. Virtually alongside the Tyneside Memorial lie the mine craters of the ‘Glory Hole’ while a little further on can be found the huge Lochnagar Mine Crater.
The Lochnager Crater is almost 300ft in diameter and 70ft deep and was caused by the detonation of 25,000 kilos of guncotton which reputedly created a roar that was audible in London. Today, the privately owned memorial stands as a poignant Garden of Remembrance to commemorate all nations who suffered in the war.
A visit on the 1st July may be extra special as a remembrance day service is held.
The Platoon Experience
Step back in time to 1917 with The Platoon Experience, where each of your students will step into the shoes of an actual soldier who was part of an Australian platoon. Uniform on, “Tommy Tucker” lunch in your rucksack and rifle in hand (a replica of course!) and students will set off across the very terrain of their predecessors; a disused railway track towards Tyne Cot.
It’s not about playing the part of a soldier, but is a chance to immerse yourself in the true life of a soldier who fought in this region during World War I and to try and imagine and appreciate the difficult and challenging conditions they faced on a daily basis. Bit by bit students will learn more about their soldier and, at the end of the day, when the group reaches Tyne Cot Cemetery they will be told the fate of their soldier.
This is an extremely interactive and unforgettable way for students to learn about the life that faced soldiers in this region during the war, many of whom would not be much older than themselves.Only suitable for students aged 14 years and over.
In Flanders Field Museum
The highly interactive and recently renovated ‘In Flanders Field Museum’ in Ypres is not to be missed! It tells the story of the invasion of Belgium, trench warfare in the Westhoek, the end of the war and the permanent remembrance ever since. Personal stories help students build a picture of what life was like for the ‘ordinary people’ in West Flanders during the First World War.
A new feature of the improved visit to the museum is the ‘Poppy Bracelet’. Every visitor needs the bracelet to visit the museum as it has a built in RFID tag which enables visitors to open the entrance and exit gates, automatically select their chosen language at the interactive booths and follow four personal characters in the new museum. The stories of the characters the students chooses to follow throughout the museum can be sent home by email for free – a great reminder of their journey through the In Flanders Field Museum.
Historial Museum de la Grande Guerre, Peronne
Divided into three main sections, the museum explains the cause, course and aftermath of the Great War in a way that seems ideally suited to G.C.S.E., Standard Grade and A Level courses. Displaying over 12,000 exhibits, the five main halls chronologically depict history from pre to post war examining technology, humanity, reconstruction and peace.
It is not possible to have a guided tour of the museum, however the latest audio-visual aids have been gainfully employed to make a two hour visit simply fly past. Teachers can download English educational packs from the museum’s website before departure which help to keep the students focused on what they see.
Essex Farm Cemetery
Essex Farm was the location of an Advanced Dressing Station during the war and the cemetery that groups visit today lies just south of the original ADS. It was here that Colonel John McCrae served as a surgeon and where he composed the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ which established the link between poppies and remembrance.
One of the graves is of particular significance to students; Plot I, Grave U8 of Pte. V.J. Strudwick who died of wounds aged just 15! A visit to his grave acts a shocking reminder that some of the soldiers fighting on the Western Front were of a similar age to them.
An interesting feature of this cemetery is the layout of the graves revealing the unplanned nature of the burials. There are just short of 1,200 burials here of which only a 102 are unidentified, this is thanks to the procedure of identifying soldiers who were brought to an advanced dressing station such as this.
Hooge Crater Cemetery and Museum
The front line of the Salient in 1914 ran right through present day Hooge and, as a result, it proved to be the site of many acts of the war. Hooge is infamous in World War history as it was the first place the Germans used their flammenwerfer (flame throwers). The crater was created by the allies attempt to retake the chateau in July 1915.
Just a little way away, on the other side of the road is Hooge Crater Cemetery, the site of 5,922 burials overall. The old church houses the newly renovated Hooge Museum, which contains a number of good displays, including uniforms, armaments and relics from the Great War including an original Ford T Ambulance of 1916 and a replica of a Fokker DR1. Weapons and equipment are displayed both in traditional glass cases and in interesting dioramas. The best way to experience this museum is with the aid of an audio-visual presentation.
Delville Wood was mostly captured between 14 and 20 July by the 9th (Scottish) Division to which the South African Brigade was attached. In this, their first battle, the South Africans were reduced from 3,153 fighting men to 778. The original South African Memorial was unveiled in 1927 and almost sixty years later the National Military Memorial Museum was built to its rear.
The cemetery on the site has 3,590 graves and 27 special memorials. There were three graves added to the cemetery in 1984 when three unknown soldiers found during the building of the South African museum were buried.
Start any visit to Delville Wood with a stop at the visitors centre which informs students of the sites involvement during the First World War and a permanent exhibition dedicated to the South African participation in the war.
Musée des Abris
The location of this museum could hardly be better. The famous Golden Virgin guides the coach driver straight to the Basilica under which the Musée des Abris can be found. Students descend the 63 steps taking them 10m below ground to the underground galleries where they can explore a score of interesting dioramas featuring both routine and bizarre aspects of trench warfare.
Different scenes have been erected in order to showcase various themes including ‘the sufferance’, ‘the cold, the mud and the rats’ and ‘at rest’.
The Gallery of Heroes exhibition hall allows visitors to follow the lives of nine outstanding soldiers giving them varying perspectives which they can compare and contrast.
An impressive monument marks the spot where Canadian troops held the line during the first gas attack in April 1915. The Canadians were rushed into the large gap left in the front line when French troops hurriedly withdrew in the face of the first-ever gas attack. They had no form of gas mask except the most rudimentary protection against the chlorine that the Germans had released in cloud form.
Today, the spot where over 2,000 Canadian solidiers were lost is marked by a memorial comprising of a single tower of stone with a head and shoulders of a soldier at the top. The soldier has his head bowed and his hands resting on the butt of his rifle which is pointing towards the ground. The inscription on the memorial reads, ‘THIS COLUMN MARKS THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE 18,000 CANADIANS ON THE BRITISH LEFT WITHSTOOD THE FIRST GERMAN GAS ATTACKS THE 22ND-24TH OF APRIL 1915. 2,000 FELL AND HERE LIE BURIED.”
Western Front Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients below.
Dates: 22nd – 24th March
Passengers: 48 students and 6 teachers
Accommodation: Poppies School Hotel
Board Basis: Full Board
Overview of visits: In Flanders Fields Museum, Menin Gate, Sanctuary Wood Museum, Hooge Crater Museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemarck German Cemetery, Vancouver Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, New Military Cemetery, Musée d’Abris, Lochnagar Crater, Guillemont Road Cemetery, Thiepval Memorial and visitors centre, Newfoundland Park, Vimy Ridge Memorial.View the full day-by-day itinerary
It was an early start for the group as they left school for the ferry at 6.30am. The group arrived at the Poppies School Hotel in Ypres just after lunch and after check-in, they enjoyed the short walk to the In Flanders Fields Museum. Here they re-lived the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region. This was then followed by free time in Ypres to explore the many shops, bakeries, chocolatiers, and of course allowing enough time to visit the Menin Gate. The group came to together at the end of an extremely long day, enjoyed a hearty meal, before walking to the Menin Gate to take part in the ‘Last Post’ Ceremony. Next it was time for a much needed nights sleep.
After breakfast and filling their back packs with the packed lunches prepared by the hotel, the group departed along the Menin Road to Hell Fire Corner and arrived at Sanctuary Wood Museum, to view its collection of Great War artefacts and 4 dimensional photographs. Here they also experienced walking in the trenches, which gave them a taste of what life would have been like for the soldiers at that time.
Many students opted to visit the sites gift shop to purchase memorabilia.
It was then on to the Hooge Crater Museum with its full scale reconstruction of war scenes and its extended collection of weapons.
Stomachs now craving food, the group settled to eat their packed lunches. The afternoon was spent visiting the sites of Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemarck German Cemetery, Vancouver Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery and New Military Cemetery, before returning back to the hotel to freshen up. The day had been full on for all involved, and emotions had been running high. The group returned to the hotel, quickly changed clothes before enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, before taking part in a game or two at the local bowling alley! This was the perfect end to their day.
The day started with a visit to the Musee d’Abris, Albert for a unique visit to a museum housed in the fortified tunnels that were dug below the town to protect the town’s citizens during the war. A picnic lunch was enjoyed, before moving onto the Lochnagar Crater and then Guillemont Road Cemetery where the group photographed the grave of Lt. Raymond Asquith, a man who came from the groups area. This was followed by a visit to Thiepval memorial and its visitors centre, Newfoundland Park and finally the Vimy Ridge memorial and Interpretation centre before returning home on an evening ferry.
Dates: 25th March – 28th March
Passengers: 86 students and 12 teachers
Accommodation: Poppies d’Albert International School Hotel
Board Basis: Full Board
Overview of visits:Tyne Cot Cemetery, Essex Farm Cemetery, Poperinge, Langemarck, Talbot House, Sanctuary Wood, In Flanders Museum, Menin Gate, Lochnagar Crater, Delville Wood, Beaumont-Hamel, Museum of the Great War, Musée des Abris, Newfoundland Park, Wellington Quarry.
This extremely large group left the UK full of anticipation for the journey that lay ahead of them. A mid morning start meant that their arrival time at the Poppies d’Albert International School Hotel was perfectly timed for their early evening meal. Keen to acquaint themselves with the facilities and the locality, so the group spent the remainder of their evening at leisure.View the full day-by-day itinerary
The group’s first visit of the day was to Tyne Cot Cemetery – the largest British cemetery on the western front, where the 11,956 graves bring the sheer scale of the sacrifice to reality. From Tyne Cot it was on to Essex Farm Cemetery where the group then split into two, with coach one heading to Poperinge and coach two to Langemarck.
Coach One: On arrival in Poperinge the group made their way on foot to Talbot House – a ‘home from home’ for the soldiers to relax, worship and find peace from their chaotic surroundings. The students were able to reflect on this experience in a very different way to that of the earlier visits that day. On the way back to the coach, the group stopped off at the Death Cells and Execution Post. Found on the ground floor of the town hall are two cells used to detain soldiers who committed crimes, and the subsequent execution post in the adjacent courtyard; a harsh reality of the war. From here the group boarded the coach again and made their way from Poperinge to Langemarck to visit the Langemarck German Cemetery followed by a visit to Sanctuary Wood. Here the group were reunited with coach two for a collective exploration of the Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62). The group were intrigued by the complexity of the trench systems found here.
Coach Two: After arrival and a look around the Langemarck German Cemetery, the group made their way to Poperinge and Talbot House before viewing the Death Cells and execution posts, then finally moving on to Sanctuary Wood to meet back up with the first coach.
Both coaches departed Sanctuary Wood together for Ypres and an afternoon at the In Flanders Fields Museum before making their way on foot to the T’Zweerd restaurant for their evening meal. The group then had the opportunity to be part of the incredibly moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate before returning to the hotel for time at leisure.
Day 3 started with a visit to Lochnagar Crater, La Boiselle then on to Thiepval memorial and Interpretative Centre. Here they viewed the memorial to those who were missing in action as well as the large and impressive exhibition which includes a series of short films. It was then on to Delville Wood where the group viewed the memorial to the South African Brigade who lost their lives here.
For the remainder of the day the coaches split into two with coach one heading to Beaumont-Hamel and coach two making their way to Peronne.
Coach One: The group headed to Newfoundland Park, where they were able to compare its trenches with those seen in Ypres. Next they moved onto Beaumont-Hamel for a guided tour of the area before visiting the museum of the Great War in Peronne to take in some of the 12,000 exhibits on display. The next stop for the group was the Musée des Abris where they found a score of interesting dioramas of trench warfare, before heading back to the hotel to meet up with coach two for some free time and their evening meal.
Coach two: Started with the Museum of the Great War then followed this with Newfoundland Park, and the Musée des Abris before returning to the hotel to meet up with coach one for free time and an evening meal.
After breakfast the group checked out of the hotel and loaded up the coach before again splitting up, with coach one heading to Arras and coach two heading to Vimy Ridge.
Coach one: This group’s first visit for the day was to Wellington Quarry in Arras and a guided tour of this original exhibit where graffiti drawings, sculptures and sound form a moving tribute to the men who fought in the Battle of Arras. It was then on to Vimy Ridge to the Memorial and Historical Interpretative Centre with time for lunch before a guided tour of the tunnels.
Coach two: This group started their day with a visit to Vimy Ridge and a guided tour of the tunnels followed by a visit to Wellington Quarry in Arras.
Both coaches then departed for Calais and the ferry back to the UK. The group returned to school with a host of tales to tell, and time to reflect on experiences that would not be forgotten.
Western Front Accommodation
We have a number of hotels and hostels in and around Ypres and the Somme which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Menin Gate School Hotel
The School Hotel can accommodate up to 55 students, and groups of over 35 may have the opportunity to enjoy sole occupancy, and use of the hotels facilities.
“The accommodation really suited our needs and it was nice having a hotel for just our pupils. The hotel was also in an excellent location!”
Located on the doorstep of the Menin Gate monument in the old centre of Ypres, the School Hotel is in an excellent location for exploring the sights and the surroundings of the area. Close to the market square and an array of leisure activities including football, swimming and a bowling alley, it’s the perfect base for schools travelling to visit the Battlefields. The hotel also has a large TV and games lounge with free WiFi and computer access.
Poppies School Hotel
Centrally located in the centre of Ypres next to the Market Square and the Cloth Hall, Poppies School Hotel can house up to 75 people, and groups of over 45 can enjoy the entire hotel to themselves with sole occupancy for the duration of their stay. With a large breakfast and evening room, as well as a private courtyard there is plenty of space provided for groups to relax. Leisure activities including football, swimming and a bowling alley are also close by.
Ypres Salient School Hotel
The largest of our hotels in the area, the Ypres Salient School hotel can accommodate groups of up to 107 people. Make use of the extra space by relaxing in the large breakfast room or the extensive private garden. Students stay in single or bunk beds, with a separate wing provided with single rooms for drivers and teachers. All rooms have their own private facilities and have free WiFi.
Found in the centre of Diksmuide within easy walking distance to a variety of shops, museums and restaurants, the Hotel Pax is ideally located for a battlefields tour. Each room comes equipped with TV and private facilities. The hotel also has a game room, exercise facility and meeting room.
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