The Somme

To plan and arrange your tour, call Tracey on: 01306 873 571


Alternatively, if you’re interested in booking a tour for a smaller group, take a look at what our sister site offers: legerbattlefields.co.uk


The Somme in 1916 was very much an agricultural area dominated by rolling fields, not dissimilar to those of Salisbury Plain. Many of these sites are exposed and harsh winds are not unusual. The reality of these sites should provide students with a clearer understanding of the difficulties encountered by the soldiers at war.

The Somme
The Somme

In memory of those who fought in the Great War

The Historial de la Grande Guerre museum is in the medieval chateau of Peronne and is dedicated to the memory of the people who fought in and experienced the Great War. Based around four large rooms, the Historial deals sensitively with the multi-cultural aspect of the war, demonstrating British, French and German exhibits. The museum also houses a small cinema, which shows a 20-minute film about Harry Fellows, a survivor of the Battle of the Somme who died in 1989. This film may be more beneficial to older students.

Intense fighting on the Western Front

Delville Wood was the location of some of the Western Front’s most savage and intense fighting. In 1916 the wood was obliterated by shellfire but has since been replanted. The brunt of the fighting was borne by the South African Brigade and the Delville Wood Memorial now serves as the South African National War Memorial for both World Wars.

The Lochnagar Crater

The Lochnagar Crater is situated east of the village of La Boiselle and is very impressive. Approximately 90 metres in diameter and 60 metres deep, it was created by a mine detonated on July 1, 1916.

Lochnagar Crater
Lochnagar Crater

The continous bombardment in Albert

Albert was subject to continuous bombardment in the months before the Battle of the Somme. The Musée Somme 1916 Albert is built within the shelters constructed during the Second World War, it displays weapons of the era, wartime equipment and lifelike tableaux detailing trench life.

Memorial to the bloodiest fighting of 1916

The Thiepval Memorial stands out from the surrounding countryside. It is dedicated to the 73,000 Allied troops who lost their lives in the Somme and who have no known grave. Standing 45 metres high on the old German frontline, it was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting of 1916 and remains a truly poignant reminder of the scale of the suffering encountered during the battle of the Somme. A new visitor centre is very interesting for school groups.

Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval Memorial

Newfoundland Park

A memorial to the Newfoundland Battalion, Newfoundland Park is a Canadian National Historic site and remains very much as it was in 1916. Opened in 1925 and maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada, the site commemorates soldiers who died in the most dramatic days of the 1916 Campaign.

Two opposing trench systems can be clearly seen. At least an hour is required to enable the groups to spend time at the interesting visitor centre, walk the battlefield and visit the cemeteries.

Newfoundland Park
Newfoundland Park

Restored trenches and subways of Vimy Ridge

The spectacular site of Vimy Ridge centres on the Canadian Corp’s superbly-planned capture of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, an event that proved to be a turning point for the Allies in the First World War. The trenches and subways have been preserved and restored for visitors. On top of the ridge is the Vimy Memorial and an exhibition showing the history surrounding the battle.

Vimy Ridge
Vimy Ridge

Suggested Itineraries


The Somme tours

Walk in the footsteps of heroes® with your Specialist Battlefield Guide and discover the stories, tragedy and bravery of the First World War battlefields of the Somme. Taking in a combination of battlefields, memorials, museums and war cemeteries, our guide will make sure you get the most out of your visit.

1 day tour
from £63 per person*

Our suggested itinerary to the Somme includes:

  • Coach travel from your school to Northern France
  • Visit the Musee Somme in Albert
  • Channel crossing
  • Battlefield Tour Guide
  • Exclusive teachers information booklet and worksheets (compiled in co-operation with a Chief Examiner in GCSE History at EDEXCEL)
  • Tour Manager to assist throughout with your tour planning
  • Small back packs for each student
  • Bag for Tour Leader

You could also look at visiting:

  • Delville Woods
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Vimy Ridge

Plus much more...

All they have to do is let us know their requirements and we can build them into the itinerary.

2 day tour
from £151 per person*

Our suggested itinerary to the Somme includes:

  • Coach travel from your school to the Somme
  • Channel crossing
  • One night’s full board school hotel accommodation in Albert
  • Dinner on day 1, breakfast and a packed lunch on day 2
  • Visit to Musée Somme in Albert
  • Visit to Vimy Ridge Memorial, trenches and visitor centre
  • Guided tour of the Somme Battlefields
  • Battlefield Tour Guide
  • Exclusive teachers information booklet and worksheets (compiled in co-operation with a Chief Examiner in GCSE History at EDEXCEL)
  • Tour Manager to assist throughout with your tour planning
  • Small back packs for each student
  • Bag for Tour Leader

You could also look at visiting:

  • Delville Woods
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Vimy Ridge

Plus much more...

All they have to do is let us know their requirements and we can build them into the itinerary.

Ypres & The Somme tours

Thanks to our expert Specialist Guides, who accompany every tour, you’ll embark on a fascinating journey of remembrance and discovery. Taking in a combination of battlefields, memorials and war cemeteries you’ll learn why battles were fought at particular locations and your guide will help you interpret the landscape and look for signs of the battle evident today.

2 day tour
from £151 per person

Our suggested itinerary to Ypres and The Somme includes:

  • Coach travel from your school to Ypres and the Somme
  • Channel crossing
  • One nights full board school hotel accommodation in Ypres or Albert
  • Dinner on day 1, breakfast and a packed lunch on day 2
  • Visit to the Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres
  • Visit to Sanctuary Wood Museum in Ypres
  • Guided tour of the Ypres & Somme Battlefield
  • Visit to the Musee Somme
  • Battlefield Tour Guide
  • Exclusive teachers information booklet and worksheets (compiled in co-operation with a Chief Examiner in GCSE History at EDEXCEL)
  • Tour Manager to assist throughout with your tour planning
  • Small back packs for each student
  • Bag for Tour Leader

You could also look at visiting:

  • The Menin Gate
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Memorial Museum - Passchendaele 1917
  • Delville Woods
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Vimy Ridge

Plus much more...

All they have to do is let us know their requirements and we can build them into the itinerary.

3 day tour
from £220 per person

Our suggested itinerary to Ypres and The Somme includes:

  • Coach travel from your school to Ypres and the Somme
  • Channel crossing
  • One nights full board school hotel accommodation in Ypres
  • One nights full board school hotel accommodation in Albert
  • Dinner on day 1 and 2, breakfast and a packed lunch on day 2 and 3
  • Visit to the Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres
  • Visit to Sanctuary Wood Museum in Ypres
  • Visit to the Musee Somme
  • Guided tour of the Ypres & Somme Battlefield
  • Battlefield Tour Guide
  • Exclusive teachers information booklet and worksheets (compiled in co-operation with a Chief Examiner in GCSE History at EDEXCEL)
  • Tour Manager to assist throughout with your tour planning
  • Small back packs for each student
  • Bag for Tour Leader

You could also look at visiting:

  • The Menin Gate
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Memorial Museum - Passchendaele 1917
  • Delville Woods
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Vimy Ridge

Plus much more...

All they have to do is let us know their requirements and we can build them into the itinerary.

School Children

Tracey Morgan - School Tours Executive

Tracey Morgan has direct knowledge of the trials, tribulations and joys of school trip planning, having arranged and experienced familiarisation trips, as well as organising inbound and outbound tours around the world. This wisdom ensures that each tour you travel on with Holts Tours will cover every eventuality and explore every opportunity.


To arrange and plan your tour, call Tracey on 01306 873 571