Visiting Ypres and the Salient - Belgian Flanders
November 2018, will mark 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, and has undergone a major redesign. This was partly to optimise the site for mobile devices, but also to update the information. It now includes more practical information for those planning to visit the battlefields – see pages on Visiting the Somme and Visiting Ypres.
There are updated pages on the main sites in the two main areas of interest on the Western Front, Ypres/Flanders and the Somme. The latest updates, July and August 2018, are pages covering Essex Farm near Ypres, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, the second largest British Cemetery in Belgium and the preserved German trenches at Bayernwald.
All the original pages covering other sites of interest can still be found, although some remain in the old format. These will be updated to the new format over the next few months, but all the information remains available.
There is information on how to make the most of your visit, how to reach the battlefields and where to stay. Helping others to know where to go and what to see is the main purpose of this website.
There are some excellent guidebooks and other resources for visiting the battlefields, and these are listed on the relevant pages.
Sections covering the main battlefields of interest on the Western Front can be accessed via the links below: