Visiting Ypres and the Salient - Belgian Flanders
World War One Battlefields has been on the web since 2004.
MARCH 19th 2022 UPDATE: Good news – after two years of restrictions, travel to the Western Front battlefields has become much more straightforwards. Tours are running again, and for the individual visitor, the difficulties have now largely vanished.
The latest updates to the website are from a trip I managed to make to the Somme in summer 2021. There were few visitors, and I took some aerial photographs and video footage of some of the sites. The most recent updates are to the Ulster Tower page; other recent updates have been made to the Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval, High Wood and Trones Wood pages.
This website 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. It provides practical information – see pages on Visiting the Somme and Visiting Ypres. There is information on how to best reach the battlefields of the Somme and Flanders and also where to stay (Somme and Flanders). 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 updates are pages covering Fromelles, and Villers-Brettonneux, both sites with links to 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.