Visiting Ypres and the Salient - Belgian Flanders
World War One Battlefields has been on the web since 2004. It provides an online guide to areas of the Western Front as they are today, with historical information and photographs alongside modern photos of each area.
NOVEMBER 17th 2020 UPDATE: For the last few months, visits to the Western Front battlefields have been impossible for the majority of people, due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions. There was a short period when travel was possible in the summer, but the number of cases continues to rise in France and in Belgium. The UK Government still advises against all but essential travel to both countries. The latest information can be found on the gov.uk foreign travel advice page. Recent positive news about vaccines perhaps means that at some point in Spring 2021 the situation may change for the better.
Once it is again possible to travel to the Western Front battlefields, then this website provides practical information – see pages on Visiting the Somme and Visiting Ypres. There is information on how to best reach the battlefields and where to stay. For those with limited time, there is a page listing Five must-see Somme sites – useful if you have only one day to spend in the area. Helping you to make the most of your battlefield visit is the main purpose of this website.
There are many more 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 others.
The most recent site update is a page covering Fromelles, a site with links to the Australians, and the most recent war cemetery created by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Another new page covers Villers-Brettonneux, in the Somme area and again associated particularly with the Australians. Other recent updates are to the Bayernwald page (with information added on Croonaert Chapel Cemetery) and to the Plugstreet page.
There are some excellent guidebooks and other resources for visiting the battlefields. These are also listed on the relevant pages.