North eastern France and Belgium are strewn with sights and memorials from both of the 20th centurys world wars but most notably from the First. There are so many cemeteries that litter the countryside, including Tyne Cot, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world near Passendale, and the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, where you can witness the Last Post Ceremony. This ceremony has taken place at 8pm every evening since July 1928 (only interrupted by the Second World War, when the ceremony was moved to Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey).
These are awesome and moving places for pupils to visit, and offer a stark reminder, of the horror of war and the sacrifices made by previous generations, or they can indeed bring home this reality for the first time.
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Prices from £199 for 3 nights, B&B by coach
Battlefields (4 days)
- In Flanders Fields Museum
- Hill 62 Museum and Sanctuary Wood
- Tyne Cot British Cemetery
- Last Post at Menin Gate
- Great War Historical Museum
- Thiepval Memorial
- Newfoundland Memorial Park
- Vimy Ridge Memorial
These itineraries are just examples. We can tailor a trip to your requirements - just ask!
The Menin Gate School Hotel, Ieper (Ypres)Located in an impressive building built in 1896 in the historic centre of Ypres, this hotel is an ideal accommodation for school groups. Web: www.meningate.com
Accommodation style: Modernised historic building
Capacity: 52 sole occupancy
Facilities: Games room, internet suite, bar, private courtyard. Sports centre and bowling alley nearby
Our groups also stay at
Salient Youth Hotel; Poppies Youth Hotel