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WW1 Battlefields

A visit to the Battlefields of the First World War gives your students a unique opportunity to develop a deeper global understanding of war and conflict. By going back 100 years they will discover more about power and politics of the past and how they affect society today. Learn more about the ethics of the First World War, discover personal stories of warfare and how individuals returned to their lives post war as post-traumatic stress disorder was described and diagnosed for the first time.

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FHT's Expert WWI Guides

Accompanying your students on arrival to departure from the region, our hugely knowledgeable WWI experts will truly enhance learning and deliver fascinating information relevant to students studies at each site you visit.  All our guides are members of the International Guild of Battlefields Guides and cost as little as £6pp per day. Benefits include; + Pre trip contact with you to ensure your objectives and itinerary are p read more ...

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. 

Poperinge Death Cells and Execution Pole

Some British soldiers were mentally unstable because of harsh life in the trenches and refused to go back or simply deserted. Once caught and trialled before court martial they spent their last night in the jail of the town hall before being shot at dawn. You can still visit the restored cell block with audiotape and the execution pole as a symbol of the insanity of war.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. Whist stationed at Essex Farm in May 1915 John McCrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.'

Hooge Crater Museum

The museum houses full scale reconstructions of war scenes, collection of weapons, war equipment & photographs. 

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Very good organisation and planning with marked deadlines which only made it easier for me to organise as a first timer. Great flexibility too. Many Thanks to Kirsty for the experience and expertise that made our trip flawless. Much appreciated.
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