Battlefield Tours

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    Put history in context on a battlefields tour, courtesy of Broadway Tours.
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    The British Memorial for the Missing at Thiepval.
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    Trenches at Beaumont-Hamel.
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    Learn more about the First and Second World Wars on a battlefields school trip to France.
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    One of the many cemeteries remembering the fallen.

The trip was well organised and the itinerary pack given by Broadway Tours was informative and thorough. CC, Manor Field Primary School

Broadway Tours are proud to offer a choice of escorted or non-escorted educational tours to the battlefields of World War I and World War II.

Our battlefield tours not only support various stages of the history curriculum, but also help students to develop their understanding of the truly historic events that have shaped their future and to begin to appreciate the huge scale of the sacrifices made by their forefathers.

If you choose an escorted tour, your DBS-checked guide will accompany you throughout the tour and prior to departure, will contact you to discuss your requirements and to offer advice and assistance in choosing the best itinerary and visits that best suit the focus of your group.

For Key Stage 1 groups, a day trip to Ypres or the Somme provides the ideal introduction to the subject. The key sites are easily accessible after a short-sea Channel crossing from Dover or Folkestone.

For older groups, a choice of longer tours to the key sites in France, Belgium and further afield offers a valuable and memorable experience for your students.

 

Typical Accommodation

We use centrally-located hotels and hostels in all destinations, which are all school group friendly. All rooms will have full private facilities.

Examples include the Peace Village and Poppies 2 in Ypres, the Poppies International School Hotel, Albert, the Centre Bon Séjour in Merville-Franceville, Normandy, and the Hotel Wyspianski in Krakow.

Please click on the relevant destination pages below for more details about the hotels used.

War Research Offer

We have teamed up with award winning genealogists, Family Wise Ltd., who will provide documents relating to a WW1 serving soldier, perhaps an ancestor of one of your students, nominated by you. This will surely provide an inspiring angle to illuminate the human stories in the conflict. Contact us for more details.

Important Upcoming Events

Significant commemorations in 2017 include the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele (31st Jul – 6th Nov), a major World War I campaign on the Western Front, officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres.

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Suggested Battlefield School Trip Destinations

World War I

Ypres
1, 2, 3 or 4 days by coach

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In Flanders Fields Museum – Situated in the prestigious Cloth Hall in the heart of Ypres, this interactive museum allows the visitor to experience many different accounts of the war through original films of wartime Ypres.
Menin Gate – Originally a mediaeval gateway to the town, this is perhaps the most famous Commonwealth memorial in Flanders. Since its reopening in 1927, the Last Post has been played every night, apart from a short break during World War II.
Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater – So named as its height was marked at 60 metres above sea level, Hill 60 was a strategically important manmade mound. Caterpillar Crater meanwhile was the result of a mine explosion under a German position.
Passchendaele Memorial Museum – This fascinating museum offers a comprehensive overview of World War I through its collection of uniforms, artillery and battlefield archaeology, in addition to the Battle of Passchendaele itself. The Dugout Experience gives an insight into the underground headquarters, communications and dressing posts and sleeping areas, whilst the Trench Experience reconstructs a network of British and German trenches.
Tyne Cot British & Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing – The final resting place of 11,954 soldiers, Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world.
Essex Farm – Site of the British Military Cemetery, where some 1,200 British World War I soldiers are buried or commemorated. The famous poem, In Flanders Fields, was said to have been written here.
Langemark German Cemetery – One of only four German WWI cemeteries across Flanders, Adolf Hitler was said to have visited the cemetery in 1940.
Talbot House – Known as Toc H after the army signal code used in the war, this living museum was once a soldiers’ clubhouse and remaining untouched since 1918, is one of the most evocative sights of the Great War. More than half a million soldiers visited Toc H where they could borrow books, play the piano and visit the chapel.
Island of Ireland Peace Park – Situated in Messines (Mesen), this memorial site, also known as the Irish Peace Tower, is dedicated to the fallen, wounded or missing soldiers of Ireland.

Somme
1, 2, 3 or 4 days by coach

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Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre – Site of the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, a striking monument bearing the names of 72,194 men of the British and South African armed forces who died in the battles of the Somme and have no known grave.
Newfoundland Memorial Park – Named after the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in homage to their sacrifice on the battlefield, this memorial site follows the trenches near Beaumont Hamel and is one of only two Canadian National Historic Sites to be situated outside of Canada. Look out for the striking bronze caribou memorial overlooking the trenches.
Lochnagar Crater – World War I’s largest manmade mine crater, the Lochnagar Crater was created at the launch of the British offensive against the Germans on 1st July, 1916.
Somme 1916 Museum – Situated below Albert’s basilica, explore the lives of the soldiers in the trenches via a 250-metre tunnel, set 10 metres below ground level.
Delville Wood Memorial – The location in which the battalions of the South African Brigade came under intense German artillery fire in their attempt to capture the wood in July 1916, this is the only memorial dedicated to the South African Forces who served on the Western Front during the Great War.
Ulster Memorial Tower – A small museum dedicated to the memory of the 36th Ulster Division who fought in Thiepval on 1st July, 1916.
Accrington Pals Memorial – Built with red bricks from Accrington, this memorial is situated within the Sheffield Memorial Park and is dedicated to the memory of the Accrington Pals, the 11th (Service) Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, who fought and fell in this location in the opening phase of the Battle of the Somme.
Canadian National Vimy Memorial – Dedicated to the memory of all Canadian forces who served their country as part of the Commonwealth during the Great War, this is the second of the two Canadian National Historic Sites to be situated outside of Canada. The memorial bears the names of 11,168 missing Canadians killed in action but whose remains were never found.

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World War II

Normandy 
3, 4 or 5 day tours by coach

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D-Day Landing Beaches – Visit the five famous landing beaches of Juno, Sword, Gold, Omaha and Utah, upon which British, American and Canadian Allied Forces launched ‘Operation Neptune’ on June 6th, 1944.
Mémorial de Caen – A centre for history and peace with permanent exhibits devoted to World War II, the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, and the Cold War.
Pegasus Bridge and Memorial – Inaugurated on June 4th 2000 by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Pegasus Memorial is dedicated to the men of 6th Airborne Division and their role during the Battle of Normandy from June to September 1944.
D-Day Museum – Overlooking the remains of Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, the Musée du Débarquement as it is known in French offers a fascinating insight into the Normandy Landings.
Arromanches 360° Cinema – with nine screens surrounding you, this unforgettable experience plunges you into the horrors of the Battle of Normandy thanks to archive images gathered from around the world.
La Cambe German War Cemetery – Located just outside Bayeux, La Cambe contains the graves of over 21,000 German military personnel who participated in World War II.
Airborne Museum – Situated in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, this is the largest museum in Europe dedicated to the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and makes for a superb visit for school groups.
Ranville War Cemetery – The final resting place for 2,560 mostly British troops killed during the Battle of Normandy, many of which belonged to the 6th Airborne Division.
Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery – the largest WWII cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France, there are 4,648 burials graves here, mostly of those who lost their lives in the Invasion of Normandy. Opposite the cemetery is the Bayeux Memorial, commemorating over 1,800 Commonwealth casualties who died in Normandy and have no known grave.
Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy – Situated opposite the Bayeaux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, this museum offers an overview of the period prior to the German assault to the D-Day Normandy Landings of 1944.

Krakow & Auschwitz 
3 or 4 days by air

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Auschwitz/Birkenau – Synonymous with mass genocide during World War II, Auschwitz-Birkenau bore witness to over 1.1 million deaths between 1940-1945. This memorial and museum offer a sobering yet memorable experience.
Kazimierz – Krakow’s former Jewish Quarter and backdrop to the film, Schindler’s List, Kazimierz is a vibrant and artistic district with bags of character. You’ll find reminders of Krakow’s proud Jewish heritage here, including the Old Synagogue, Temple Synagogue and the Galicia Jewish Museum.
Podgórze – Site of the Schindler Factory Museum, the district of Podgórze was once known as the Jewish Ghetto. In 1941, Jews residing in Kazimierz were marched across the river to Podgórze, the majority of whom were murdered here.
Schindler Factory Museum – A former enamelware factory where Oskar Schindler employed – and ultimately saved – thousands of Jewish prisoners, this is now a world-renowned interactive museum devoted to the history of World War II.
Wawel Castle & Cathedral – Set atop Wawel Hill overlooking the Old Town beneath, Wawel Castle was for centuries the seat of kings, whilst the cathedral played host to royal coronations and burials. Its superb artefacts include the Polish crown jewels and the deep cave where a dragon was said to have devoured fair maidens!
Main Market Square – The natural heart of the city and one of the largest squares in Europe, you’ll find many of the city’s architectural and cultural landmarks here, including the 14th-century Cloth Hall, the Gothic Town Hall and the twin towers of St Mary’s Basilica.
St Mary’s Basilica – Krakow’s main church, also known as the Mariacki Basilica, this striking 13th-century cathedral overlooks Main Market Square and is dominated by its two towers, from where the hourly trumpet call plays out across the city.
Wieliczka Salt Mines – Set 40 minutes outside Krakow and one of UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites, this is one of Poland’s most popular attractions, with over one million visitors each year.