Ypres History School Trips (1 or 2 Days)

The most notorious of the battles fought near the small Belgian town of Ypres was that of Passchendaele in 1917.  For many it came to epitomise the horror and futility of the Great War.  This area of Flanders would, however, witness also to the stand made by the British Expeditionary Force at First Ypres in 1914 during which the fighting passed from a war of movement to the stalemate of the trenches. The Salient that formed around the town was held by British and Commonwealth troops during the next four years of war.

The one-day study tours are suitable for schools within 100 miles of the port of departure; the two-day tour is suitable for schools up to 160 miles from the port of departure. We would recommend the 3-day Ypres, Messines & Passchendaele tour for schools further north in order to provide value for money. 

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One-Day Tour (for schools within approximately 120 miles of Dover)

  British Troops 1914 - Ypres Battlefield Tours







  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover (allowing time for check-in)
  • Cross-Channel ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Background briefing on causes of WWI, the Schlieffen Plan, the role of the British Expeditionary Force & the "Race to the Sea" en-route
  • Lunch-time in Ypres
  • The Menin Road & Hellfire Corner
  • Hooge & Langemark German Cemetery
  • Pilckem Ridge & the First Gas Attack
  • Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-outs
  • Passchendaele Ridge & Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Tasks & fieldwork activities provided
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on your proximity to Dover)






Trench Artefacts











Two-Day Tour 

  • Day 1:  School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover for ferry & onward travel
  • Late morning / lunch-time in Ypres & visits to:
  • Gheluvelt Plateau & Hooge
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Pilckem Ridge & the First Gas Attack
  • Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-outs
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • 20.00 hours: Last Post at the Menin Gate
  • Return to accommodation
  • Day 2:  Depart after breakfast to visit:
  • The Menin Road, Hellfire Corner & Hill 60
  • Passchendaele Museum: Trenches & Dug-out Experience (entrance included)
  • Dochy Farm & Passchendaele Ridge
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery & Visitor Centre
  • Free time in Ypres (time permitting)
  • Tasks & fieldwork activities provided 
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on your proximity to Dover)








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 • Messines & Spanbroekmolen • Please advise us of any other locations you would like to visit as alternatives to our suggested itinerary above




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Topics:  Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

    Essex Farm - Ypres Battlefield Tours
  • The Alliance System 
  • Causes of WWI
  • The Schlieffen Plan
  • "Race to the Sea"
  • The Channel Ports
  • Significance of Ypres

Topics:  Ypres

  • The High Ground at Ypres
  • Air Power in WWI
  • The BEF in 1914
  • Stalemate in 1915-16
  • Life in the Trenches
  • Territorials & Gas Warfare
  • Medics & Casualties
  • Attrition: Haig's Offensive
  • Passchendaele: Significance
  • Infantry: Platoon Tactics
  • "Bite & Hold"
  • Artillery:  Creeping Barrage
  • 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

German Mauser Rifles - Ypres Battlefield Tours   

Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE examining experience.  Many museums & venues also produce their own materials (albeit some better/more relevant than others). Click on the museums & venues button below to find out more. 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 your own, the museum or venue's & our materials
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information about the war 
  • Maps, illustrations & time line of 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
  • Differentiated 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


  Hooge Trenches - Ypres Battlefield Tours







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


Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE



Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.” 

Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool


  Steve Clarke  

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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Ypres Accommodation

    Menin Gate Hotel - Ypres Battlefield Tours



The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.



Menin Gate Hotel, Ypres


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 Bedroom

Menin Gate Dining Room


Menin Gate Staff Lounge



Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 55 students & staff in 11 bedrooms on 3 floors (access via stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single & bunk beds
  • Dining room
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Large TV & free WiFi
  • Staff lounge & minibar
  • Coach parking nearby
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Bramhall High School, Cheshire

"An excellent tour. Thanks to all at Galina. "Everyone – students, staff (and parents) have expressed how good their experience was."


The Crossley Heath School, Halifax

"Having recently led a battlefield tour using Galina International, we were very pleased with the standard of the coach. Your driver, Gary, was excellent; he really did make our tour run like clockwork. I really cannot praise his efforts enough and hope to have the privilege of his skills and company on our next tour." 


Colonel Frank Seely School, Nottingham

"The new version of the teachers' notes was excellent. Absolutely excellent."


Finchley Catholic High School

"I would like to thank you for all your assistance in organising our tour, which went very well indeed both in my judgement and that of all the staff, in particular our headmaster. I would like to make an early booking for another tour of the Ypres Salient next year."

  British Re-enactors in WWI Uniforms - Ypres Battlefield Tours
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