History School trips to Ypres, Messines & Passchendaele (3 Days)

At the First Battle of Ypres in 1914, the British Expeditionary Force succeeded in preventing a German breakthrough to the Channel ports.  As winter set in the Ypres Salient took shape and stalemate descended upon the Western Front.  In 1915 the opening phase of the Second Battle of Ypres saw the first use of gas in warfare in an attempt to break the deadlock. 

Haig's Offensive of 1917 was, however, the most notorious of the battles fought in Flanders. The clearance of Messines Ridge was the prelude. With limited objectives, detailed planning, months of mining and concentration of force, Plumer's mix of Irish, Ulstermen and ANZACs achieved total surprise and gained a notable victory.  The battle which was to follow, six weeks later. became an attritional struggle with huge casualties on both sides for a gain of seven miles of mud, swamp and cratered ground.  For many, Passchendaele or "Third Ypres" became a byword for seemingly futile sacrifice and the horror of trench warfare.  More recent studies point to tactical developments and innovations as well as the cumulative effect it had on the German war machine.  The debate continues.

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Day One:  Outward Journey

  Ypres Cloth Hall at night - Ypres Battlefield Tours

  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Full-board accommodation in       or near Ypres for two nights

Tyne Cot Cemetery Landscape








Day Two:  Stalemate at Ypres, 1914-16


  • Gheluvelt & Hooge
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Pilckem Ridge
  • Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-outs
  • Ypres
  • Passchendaele Museum
  • Last Post at the Menin Gate at 20.00 hours



Day Three:  Attrition at Messines & Passchendaele, 1917

  • Messines Ridge
  • Spanbroekmolen Crater
  • Dochy Farm
  • Passchendaele Ridge
  • Tyne Cot & Flanders I Line Bunkers
  • Menin Road & Hellfire Corner
  • Return travel to school with  evening drop-off


Some alternatives you may want to visit instead......

  • Sanctuary Wood Trenches & Hill 62 • In Flanders Fields Museum • Lijssenthoek Cemetery • Talbot House & the Death Cell at Poperinghe • Bayernwald German Trenches • Hill 60 • Please advise us of any other location you would like to include
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Topics:  Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

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  • The Alliance System 
  • Causes of WWI
  • The Schlieffen Plan
  • "Race to the Sea"
  • The Channel Ports
  • Significance of Ypres

Topics:  Ypres, 1914-16

  • First Battle of Ypres
  • The High Ground at Ypres
  • Air Power in 1914
  • The BEF in 1914
  • Stalemate in 1914-15
  • The Territorials
  • Gas Warfare
  • Life in the Trenches
  • Medics / Casualty Evacuation

Topics:  Messines & Passchendaele, 1917

  • Mine Warfare at Messines
  • "Bite & Hold"
  • Air Power in 1917
  • Attrition:  Haig's Offensive
  • Passchendaele: Significance
  • Conscription
  • Artillery: Creeping Barrage
  • Infantry: Platoon Tactics
  • The Machine-Gun
  • "Learning Curve" Debate
  • Impact of Industrial Warfare

Topics:  Return Journey / Post-Tour

  • Collapse of Tsarist Russia
  • America's Entry into the War
  • The Ludendorff Offensive
  • 1918:  Advance to Victory
  • Germany's Defeat
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Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3   TyneCot Visitor Centre - Ypres Battlefield Tours

Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:

  • Use our study materials exclusively
  • Use your own study materials
  • Use a combination of both your own & our materials
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information
  • Maps, illustrations & time line of main events
  • Eye-witness accounts
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
  • Suggested answers & mark schemes for written tasks

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials on Ludendorff Offensive are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
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Our Guides


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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Bruce Hubbard, BA (Hons), PGCE, DASE



Bruce was a Head of History & Humanities at Ainsdale High School, Sefton, Liverpool. He has worked for Galina since 2007 & was a school client for several years previously. His guide experience includes both History to the Western Front & RS tours to Amsterdam & Vught in the Netherlands. Bruce is a member of the Western Front Association & Great War Forum.

Bruce has more than 30 years' teaching experience & has been an examiner.

“Bruce, was fantastic. He was enthusiastic & helpful. He also spoke directly to the students enabling them to feel he was approachable. They listened & responded brilliantly to him.”  Woodcote High School, Coulsdon, Surrey


  Bruce Hubbard  

Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
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    Pax Hotel Dixmuide
The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.



4* Pax Hotel, Dixmuide

The Pax is a five-minute walk from the town centre & twenty minutes from Ypres by coach. It is a family-owned hotel which is part of the Best Western group. Evening meals are taken in the de Vrede Hotel in the Grote Markt of Diksmuide which is also owned by the same family. 


 Pax Dixmuide Bedroom Pax Dixmuide Breakfast Room


Pax Dixmuide Bar 







Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 100 students & staff in 37 bedrooms on 4 floors (access via lift/stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Multi-bedded rooms
  • Breakfast room
  • Meeting room
  • Games room/computer area
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Coach parking

The Menin Gate, Ypres

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The Menin Gate Hotel is situated opposite the Menin Gate & Ypres Ramparts and just a short walk away from the Grote Market in the centre of town. Evening meals are taken in one of several restaurants in the main square.  The Menin Gate Hotel is part of a group of hotels owned by the same company that also includes the Salient & Poppies Hotels.  All are maintained to the same high standard. 


Menin Gate Student Bed Room


Menin Gate Dining Room Menin Gate Staff Lounge  

Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 55 students & staff in 11 bedrooms on 3 floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single & bunk beds
  • Breakfast room
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Large TV & free WiFi
  • Staff lounge & minibar
  • Coach parking nearby
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Howard of Effingham School, Leatherhead, Surrey

"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed our trip last week and to thank you for all your help in making it so successful. It was the best one yet. The feedback from parents and students has been extremely positive. As well as the informative and interesting information provided, I really appreciated everything you did over and above the guiding – providing research on soldiers from Effingham, managing to help so many students find relatives and for accommodating all our changes to the itinerary without any grumbling!"



Harrogate Grammar School, North Yorkshire

"Excellent service and efficiency! Hugely enjoyed by staff and kids!!"



The Park High School, King's Lynn

"The accommodation was excellent. You obviously know your stuff as the location of staff rooms relative to kids' was perfect. The coach drivers were excellent, really friendly and open to all we wanted to do. We had probably one of the best school trips ever!



Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire

"As usual, everything went smoothly thanks to the organisational skills of Galina! Many thanks again."

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