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.
SEPTEMBER 1st 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 again possible, but now, the UK government advise against all but essential travel to Belgium and to France. The incidence rate is falling in Belgium but continues to rise in France. Latest information for specific countries can be found on the gov.uk foreign travel advice page.
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.
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.