Visiting Ypres and the Salient - Belgian Flanders
November the 11th 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the fighting on the battlefields of the Western Front. The World War One Battlefields website has been on the web since 2004, providing practical information for those planning to visit the battlefields – see pages on Visiting the Somme and Visiting Ypres. There is information on how to best reach the battlefields and where to stay. Helping you to make the most of your battlefield visit is the main purpose of this website.
There are individual pages on what to see in the two main areas of interest on the Western Front, Ypres/Flanders and the Somme. For Flanders, these include Tyne Cot, the Menin Gate in Ypres and Passchendaele, whilst in the Somme, there are pages on the Thiepval Memorial, the Newfoundland Memorial Park and Beaumont Hamel, among many others. There is also a new page listing five must see Somme sites – useful if you have only one day to spend in the area.
The latest update is a page covering the three villages of Cuinchy, Cambrin and Vermelles, where the poet Robert Graves spent part of his war. Other recent additions are pages covering Lochnagar Crater and area, Guillemont on the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Essex Farm near Ypres, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, the second-largest British Cemetery in Belgium and the preserved German trenches at Bayernwald.
There are some excellent guidebooks and other resources for visiting the battlefields, and these are also listed on the relevant pages.
Sections covering the main battlefields of interest on the Western Front can be accessed via the links below: