With Such Memorials We Will Never Forget
By Stewart Creasey
23 April 2014
With the centenary of World War One, Great Rail Journeys bring you a moving series of trips to the battlefields and graves of Northern France and Belgium.Read more
Ypres is best known for being the centre of intense fighting between the Germans and the Allied forces in World War I, and the city has a number of monuments that record the tragic events of the Great War, including the Menin Gate and the poignant 'In Flanders Fields' Museum.
Although Ypres feels like an ancient city, its buildings are not original. Everything you can see in the city has been lovingly and painstakingly restored after the complete destruction caused by four years of warfare. During the First Battle of Ypres (October-November 1914), the Kaiser ordered his troops that they 'Take Ypres or die', and die they did. All but for a short period in October 1914, Ypres remained in allied hands, although at a cost. The civilians did not leave Ypres until the intense bombardments during the Second Battle of Ypres (April-May 1915).
Sanctuary Wood Museum, located two miles outside Ypres, houses a unique collection of World War I artefacts and a preserved section of the British trenches from almost a century ago.
Visit Ypres and enjoy a tour of fabulous Bruges, with its perfectly preserved centre and myriad of attractive waterways making it a wonderful destination to explore. We will also discover some of the most significant battlefields fought upon during the Great War, as well as experiencing what life was really like in the trenches.… see more
5 days from £675 ppView tour details >
A short rail journey to Lille takes us close to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, two of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War. We also explore the fascinating city of Lille on a guided tour which includes a traditional beer and waffle tasting.… see more
5 days from £585 ppView tour details >