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School Educational Trips to the Ypres Battlefields

The medieval town of Ypres in the Belgian Flanders region was the centre of some of the most intense and prolonged battles during World War I. Our school Battlefields trips provide groups with an insight into those momentous events, the harsh realities of a war and the enormous cost of human life.

Destination Guide

Just a short journey from Calais, the West Flanders region of Belgium has many historic and cultural attractions. The country’s North Sea coast has wide sandy beaches at popular seaside seaside resorts including De Haan, Ostend and Blankenberge. However, the region is most famous for the picture-postcard city of Bruges (‘the Venice of the North’) and the pretty medieval city of Ypres. Surrounded by the polder fields that were the scene of the infamous battles, the historical and emotional landscape here are what makes this such a popular destination for school groups today.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Menin Gate Last Post
  • In Flanders Fields Museum
  • Passendale Memorial
  • Sanctuary Wood Museum
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Langemark Cemetery
  • Essex Farm Cemetery
  • optional Bruges visit for extended stays

Educational Visits

With so many varied and interesting educational and cultural possibilities in the region, we will build a tailor-made tour programme and itinerary to meet with your requirements and priorities. We can organise opportunities to develop language skills and to improve historical and artistic awareness to suit your group. Day trips, short breaks and extended tours are all welcome. Guided Battlefields excursions include the Menin Gate and Last Post Ceremony, In Flanders Fields Museum, Passendale Memorial Museum, Sanctuary Wood Museum, and Tyne Cot, Langemark and Essex Farm Cemeteries.

Excursions

The charming city of Bruges is always a popular excursion destination, with its speciality lace boutiques, chocolate shops, canals and churches. However, if its thrills you are looking for, then the Bellewaerde amusement park is also nearby for an action packed fun day out for everyone. But the educational elements of a trip to the region are always paramount.

Accommodation

  • We use a selection of hotels and accommodation centres including the Poppies and Salient school hotels in the historic centre of Ypres. Rooms are dorm style, all with en suite facilities.

What They Say

We will definitely be looking to run the trip again next year.

Tollgate Primary School

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