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English Literature Trips to Ypres and Somme - WW1 Poetry

English Literature Trips to Ypres and Somme - WW1 Poetry

WST ‘bend over backwards’ to help and are patient when things are not going to plan (e.g. students dropping out of the trip). Their professionalism always puts my mind at rest!   Simonne was our tour guide in Ypres – she is exceptional! Very knowledgeable and good with the students!
Royal Masonic School for Girls 


Ypres & Somme – WWI Poets and the land that inspired them 

Visit the battlefield sites of major influence in the work of the Great War Poets and allow students an unparalleled opportunity to truly lift the words of the page. Your included expert guide will fire your students’ imagination and to inspire them to learn more about events and personal stories of WWI. 

Tour Day 1

Morning Depart school and meet your expert WW1 guide in Ypres area. VIsit Tyne Cot and Essex Farm (John McCrae)
Afternoon Visit Langemark German cemetery and In Flanders Fields Museum
Evening Attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Overnight in Ypres.

Tour Day 2

Morning Travel to the Somme (Arras). Visit cemeteries of Rosenberg and Thomas followed by the Arras Memorial.
Afternoon Follow Wilfred Owen with visits to Joncourt, Ors and other sites.
Evening ‘Life Behind the Lines’ tour in Albert. Overnight in Albert on the Somme

Tour Day 3

Morning Newfoundland Park,Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and Visitor Centre
Afternoon Depart the Somme for your journey back to school

3 day guided experience from only

Based on min 40, Full Board at Menin Gate Hotel and Poppies Albert, Oct 2018

£259

Menin Gate School Hotels, Ypres

This group of 3 well known hotels are superbly located in the historical centre of Ypres, just a few minutes walk from the Menin Gate and the Cloth Hall.

Hotel Munchenhof, Ypres Region

Located in Langemark, 20 minutes drive from Ypres, the Munchenhof has been modernised throughout and has excellent facilities for school groups, including a bowling alley.

Ypres Lodge, Ypres

Just on the outskirts of Ypres and 20 minutes walk into the centre the Ypres Lodge combines a great location with excellent recreation facilities. 

Oude Abdij, Ypres Region

The ‘Old Abbey’ is located in the small village of Lo Reninge, a 20 minute drive from Ypres. This quiet location combined with superb hospitality makes this is a favourite for school groups. 

Hotel Poppies Albert, Somme Region

Owned by the Menin Gate Hotel group, this hotel is purpose built for students visit the Somme region. Its just a 5 minute walk into Albert and a short drive to all other Somme visits. 

 WWI Poetry Guides

Accompanying your students on arrival to departure from the region, our hugely knowledgeable WWI experts will truly enhance learning and deliver fascinating information relevent to the key poets at each site you visit.   All our guides are members of the International Guild of Battlefields Guides. Benefits include;

+ Pre trip contact with you to ensure your objectives and itinerary are perfect for you.

+ A wealth of information delivery allowing you more time to focus on your students and enjoy the sites.

+ Evening talks/discussion sessions with your guide are possible in hotel meeting spaces to enhance the educational aspect further.

+Free pre trip resources encouraging students to research local soldiers who fought, which the guides will then address on your trip.

Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Edward Thomas, Alexander Robertson, David Westcott Brown Sites;

  • Sanctuary Wood
  • Newfoundland Park
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Joncourt, Ors and Arras cemeteries and memorial
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Siegfried Sassoon Sites;

  • Menin Gate
  • Arras
  • Fricourt
  • Mametz & Danzig Alley Cemetery
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 John McCrae Sites

  •  Tyne Cot Cemetery
  •  Essex Farm
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Ypres Salient Visits

Sanctuary Wood & Hill 62

One of the few places on the Ypres Salient Battlefields where an original trench layout can be seen in some semblance of what it might have originally looked like. Original equipment from the battlefield site and photographs can be viewed in the museum.

Croonaert Wood (Bayernwald)

Taken by German troops in 1914 a system of trenches was constructed. A group of volunteers and military archaeologists later re-dug the trench system as it had been in 1915. You can now visit these preserved German trenches and follow the information panels describing life on the front.

Essex Farm Cemetery & Dressing Station

The area that was once used as an advanced dressing station is now the final resting place for 1200 men who lost their lives in the First World War. While stationed at Essex Farm in May 1915 John McCrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.' 

Hill 60 & the Caterpillar Crater

Hill 60 suffered an extremely turbulent history throughout the war, changing hands several times. Today you can see the preserved battlefield and the remains of two of the mines blown at the beginning of the Battle of Messines. This is also the final resting place for countless soldiers buried somewhere beneath its grassy foundations. 

In Flanders Fields Museum

Located in the centre of Ypres this interactive museum allows visitors to follow the story of the war through personal testimony, exhibitions, videos & imagery.

Langemark Cemetery

The final resting place of over 40,000 German soldiers.

Menin Gate Ceremony

The largest memorial to the British and Commonwealth soldiers, whose graves are unknown. Every day at 8pm, the Last Post Ceremony takes place at the Menin Gate. This is an incredibly moving experience. 

Passchendaele Memorial Museum

The memory of this battle is kept alive through interactive exhibitions, images and movies, which allow you to follow the story of a soldier in the 40th Australian Battalion. 

St Georges Church

This memorial church houses commemorations to many fallen soldiers in the form of plaques adorning the furnishings and commemorative stained glass windows. 

Tyne Cot Cemetery

The largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world with 11,956 soldiers buried here, many unnamed. There also panels naming 34,888 missing soldiers.

Somme Visits

Newfoundland Memorial/ Beaumont Hamel

Located near Beaumont Hamel, this is one of only a few sites on the Western Front where the ground remains largely untouched since the end of the First World War. The site is also a memorial to all the Newfoundlanders who fought in the First World War, most particularly those who have no known grave.

Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre

The largest and one of the most emotive memorials to the missing from any war in which British soldiers died. There are over 72,000 names on the stone piers. The visitor centre has an excellent exhibition charting all the key events of WW1.

1916 Somme Museum

This museum follows the soldiers into the trenches of the 1916 offensive. Visitors can experience the harsh daily life of the troops via a series of tunnels.

Lochnagar Crater

Created after a mine explosion on 1st July 1916, his is the largest surviving crater on the Western Front.

Ulster Tower

The Ulster Tower is a memorial to the men of the 36th Ulster Division and is close to the site they attached on 1st July 1916.

Vimy Ridge

This Canadian National Memorial site gives daily guided tours through the network of tunnels and trenches that were the scene of fighting in 1917.

Wellington Quarry - Arras

After descending 20 metres in a glass elevator, you enter this strategic network of tunnels that were key in the Battle of Arras. This site was recently renovated and offers a superb audio guided tour.

Albert - Guided evening ‘Life behind the Lines Walk’ 

Your expert guide will take you on an informative and enjoyable early evening walk around Albert, sharing their knowledge of the lives of soldiers who were based in this area during the war.