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WWI history school trip to Ypres & the Belgium battlefields

Bring a real-life context to WW1 with a visit to the battlefields and memorials of the Ypres Salient and participate in the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate to pay tribute to fallen soldiers with no known grave. 

  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • Year round

Learn about WW1 on a school trip to Ypres & the Belgium battlefields

One of our most popular history school trips is a tour of the historically significant WW1 battlefields and memorials around Ypres. Following the hundredth anniversary of the end of WW1, it is as important as ever for history students to understand the impact of significance of the Great War and there is no better way to bring the subject to life than a battlefields trip to Ypres, Belgium.

The highlight of this tour is attending the Last Post Ceremony, a moving tribute to the missing soldiers who fell on the Belgium battlefields and have no known grave. We can also arrange, in advance, for your school to lay a wreath as part of the Last Post ceremony – contact us for more details.

This WW1 tour can be organised as a short history trip, or combined with a tour of the Somme battlefields in France for a more in-depth exploration of the Western Front. Alternatively, French learners can include a day trip to the Ypres Salient from our 3* Moulin aux Draps centre in Northern France

See our sample itinerary below or read what our educational travel experts did on their research visit to Ypres in our blog.


Sample 4-day/3-night school trip itinerary to Ypres, Belgium

This is just an example of one of our history tours, please contact one of our specialists to create a bespoke itinerary for your learning objectives.

Day 1

Board your coach at school and depart to Folkestone/Dover Crossing to Calais

Stop off at Hypermarket/ City Europe/ Auchan to purchase essentials and refreshments for the journey!

Arrive Ypres in the evening and check in.

Own arrangements for an evening meal

Day 2 - Somme

Start your day early, have breakfast and collect packed lunches.

Morning visit to Arras and visit the Market in Grand Place - marvel at the stalls with colours and smells!

Wellington Quarry - a maze of underground tunnels that housed 24000 British soldiers preparing a surprise attack in 1917. The museum guides and films preserves the emotion and action and genius that took place here.

Next visit is to Vimy Ridge - Canada’s largest overseas National Memorial to remember more than 11000 Canadians who died in France and Belgium.

Evening meal at restaurant / or hotel

Day 3 - Ypres 

Breakfast and collect packed lunches.

Start the day from visiting Bayernwald German Trenches

Later on you’ll be go to Plugstreet (Ploegsteert) - a major site of interest includes the Memorial to the Missing commemorating 11,369 men with no known grave.

Sanctuary Wood Museum and Hill 62 Canadian Memorial - discover how casualties were tended to during the first battle of Ypres. Vist museum and walk through a series of well preserved trenches. 

Time permitting you may be able to visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery and Langemark German Cemetery.

At 8pm attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to experience the moving tribute to the missing soldiers of the UK and Commonwealth Forces who fell in the Ypres Salient and have no known grave. You may take part in the ceremony with students laying a wreath (needs to be organised in advance).

Evening meal at restaurant / hotel

Day 4

Breakfast, collect packed lunches and check out. Stop at the Thiepval Memorial on your way back to school.


We have a long-standing relationship with local hotels and hostels who will do their best to sort out all your particular requirements like special diets, disabled facilities or single rooms. 

We tend to recommend Menin Gate Group Accommodation centres in Ypres for our school groups as their team is experienced at looking after our school groups and their hotels are well located. 

  • Poppies 1 is a historic building that sleeps 71 guests across 17 rooms. Rebuilt after WWI Poppies 1 has a cosy dining room, table football, billiards, table tennis and a courtyard
  • The more modern Poppies 2 has been renovated to accommodate groups of up to 57 students in ensuite single or bunk rooms. Poppies 2 boasts a large dining room and games area and offers separate classrooms  
  • Both Poppies 1 and 2 hotels are ideally situated in the historic centre of Ypres and the properties can be connected to accommodate large groups
Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Thiepval Memorial to the missing
Thiepval Memorial
Vimy Memorial
Vimy Ridge Memorial
Wellington Quarry
Wellington Quarry
In Flanders Fields Museum
In Flanders Fields Museum
Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood Museum
Sanctuary Wood
Jules Destropper visitor centre
Jules Destrooper Visitor Centre
Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

This WWI memorial is on the site where the British Army suffered their worst ever casualties in a single day. A bronze Caribou monument stands as the emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Thiepval Memorial to the missing

© David Nicholls

Thiepval Memorial

The largest British war memorial in the world is known as the "Memorial to the Missing". A moving tribute to the 72,000+ servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme in WWI.

Vimy Memorial

© Timothy Shawn Hack

Vimy Ridge Memorial

The striking Canadian National Vimy Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the Canadian servicemen who lost their lives in WWI—particularly in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Wellington Quarry

© Tristram Biggs

Wellington Quarry

At The Carrière Wellington museum in Arras, students can walk the same network of WWI tunnels which were utilised by the British troops in a surprise attack on the Germans.

In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum

Through immersive exhibits, interactive displays & personal effects, students will uncover the individual stories of soldiers—plus complementary worksheets for students to complete during their visit.

Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood Museum

Sanctuary Wood

Visit this British Frontline museum and walk through a series of well-preserved trenches. Discover how casualties were tended to during the first battle of Ypres.

Jules Destropper visitor centre

Jules Destrooper Visitor Centre

At the biscuit manufacturer, Jules Destrooper, you’ll see—and taste—everything! From the old family recipes from 1886 to the latest production processes, you're sure to enjoy this tantalising tour.


Our Ypres WWI battlefields school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits

Ready-made resources to get your trip off the ground

These ready-made trip resources are designed to reduce your admin and help speed up the process of planning, promoting and getting approval for your Paris trip:



£307 pp
3 day/2 night full board travelling by coach 
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