History School Trips to Agincourt, Waterloo & the Somme (4 Days)

Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme are essential to any understanding of the changing nature of warfare and there is no better way to appreciate the tactics, the historical debates and the personal experience of the combatants than to visit the scene of the fighting. Our guides will explain in detail the context of the battles, how the outcome was influenced by the nature of the terrain and the available technology as well as the leadership qualities of the commanders & how the result influenced the subsequent history of the nations involved. In each case it is possible to visit museums devoted to explaining in detail the nature of the battle.

These tours are directly relevant to the following GCSE specifications: Edexcel 1HI01 Thematic Study 12: Warfare & British Society c1250 – present; OCR A J410 Thematic Study 10: War and British Society c.790 to c.2010

All our History trips can be tailored to cover your students specific learning objectives. For further information Contact us on Freephone 0800 801 560 or Request a Quotation today.




Day One: Outward Journey

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  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Full-board accommodation
  • Three nights in the Lille area

Day Two: Waterloo 1815

  • Mont Saint Jean Ridge
  • La Belle Alliance
  • Wounded Eagle Memorial
  • The Grand Battery
  • Hougoumont Farm
  • Picton Monument
  • Sandpit & La Haye Sainte
  • Mercer's Battery
  • Lion Mound & Panorama
  • The Ohain Road
  • Mont Saint Jean Farm
  • Wellington Museum




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Day Three: The Somme 1916

  • Serre: Accrington Pals' Trench
  • Newfoundland Park
  • Ulster Tower
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Ovillers & "Mash" Valley
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Pozières Ridge
  • Mansel Copse
  • Flers

Day Four:  Agincourt 1415 & Return

  • Agincourt Battlefield
  • Agincourt Museum
  • Depart for Calais
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Return travel to school with evening drop-off



Some alternatives you may want to consider......

  • A 5 day tour travelling overnight via Hull
  • Arras & Wellington Quarry
  • The battlefields & Museums of the Ypres Salient including those around Passchendaele • Memorial Museum 1917 • In Flanders Fields Museum • Talbot House & the Death Cell at Poperinghe • Bayernwald German Trenches • Hill 60
  • Dunkirk
  • La Coupole
  • Please advise us of any other locations you would like to visit
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Agincourt Battlefield &  Museum 

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The battlefield is located near the village of Azincourt. It is possible to identify some of the landscape features that affected the outcome of the battle. Built in 2001 and extended in 2006, the “Centre Historique Médiéval d’Azincourt” is a historic interpretation centre which allows visitors to experience life as it was in the Middle Ages and to understand the events of that fateful day.   A visit to the battlefield at Waterloo includes the headquarters of the two commanders, Wellington and Napoleon as well as to the Lion Mound offering views across the landscape. Hougoumont Farm, the scene of fierce fighting has been recently renovated and opened to the public. We would recommend taking one of our guides to point out the key locations on battlefield.






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The First Day of the Somme will forever be associated with the destruction of units such as the Accrington Pals who fought near Serre. At Newfoundland park, students can see the preserved trenches & walk across No Man's Land. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing includes the names of 73,000 men who have no known grave.


Underneath the medieval city of Arras a complete subterranean city was constructed by the allied armies - with store rooms, access tunnels and even a fully equipped hospital. Part of this complex can be visited either in the Boves under the Town Hall or in the Wellington Quarry. Arras was rebuilt after the war and is once again a gem of a city.  
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 Waterloo, The Somme & Agincourt


       Main Themes


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  • War in medieval society
  • The role of the longbow
  • The development of new tactics & technology
  • The Revolutionary & Napoleonic wars
  • Weapons & tactics
  • The First Day of the Somme
  • The controversies surrounding the Somme
  • Lessons of the Somme

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Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

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  • Tour objectives
  • Expectations
  • Change & continuity in warfare
  • The causes of war
  • The context of the three battles
  • The significance of the battles


  • The British Army
  • Wellington as commander
  • Wellington's HQ
  • The Prussian Army
  • The Revolutionary Wars
  • Napoleon's Empire
  • The French Army
  • Napoleon's HQ
  • The events of the battle
  • Key locations & turning points
  • Factors affecting the outcome
  • The significance of the result

The Somme

  • The BEF in 1914
  • Stalemate in 1915-1916
  • Experience of trench warfare
  • Pals' battalions
  • First Day of the Somme
  • Infantry tactics
  • Artillery: creeping barrage
  • The Machine Gun
  • Underground warfare

Return Journey / Post-Tour

  • Medieval warfare
  • The longbow versus knights
  • The significance of Agincourt
  • Remembrance
  • The impact of war on society
  • Interpretations of the past
  • The importance of technology in the development of warfare
  • Industrial & total war
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Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE / National Curriculum KS3
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Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE 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 your own & 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 & a 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

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

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  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials 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 & many 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

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"Excellent, as always.  Very satisfied.  All the arrangements were well-organised."


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"Thank you for your help and efficiency."


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"The driver was very flexible, thoughtful and reliable – with an excellent rapport with the kids."

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