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.
JUNE 30th 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. It seems likely that in the next few days some of these restrictions may be lifted, and it might be possible for visitors to return. During this time, the CWGC have kept on doing their excellent work of maintaining these sites, and I for one am looking forward to being able to visit again in the not too distant future.
This website provides 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. 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.
Other recent updates are a new page covering the three villages of Cuinchy, Cambrin and Vermelles, where the poet Robert Graves spent part of his war and updates to Lochnagar Crater and area, Guillemont on the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Essex Farm near Ypres and Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, the second-largest British Cemetery in Belgium.
There are some excellent guidebooks and other resources for visiting the battlefields. These are also listed on the relevant pages.