WWI Battlefields Religious Studies School Trips & Tours
Our established religious WWI battlefields study tours give pupils a deeper emotional connection with wartime events, exploring the traditional notion of 'The Just War', providing them with the opportunity to appreciate the scale of sacrifice, and to develop an awareness of how the forms of remembrance of wartime loss were largely shaped by the experience of WWI.
With a wealth of educational visits, events and attractions to support classroom-based learning, this is a school trip that your pupils are unlikely to forget.
Price Shown includes
- 1 night’s full board accommodation staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem
- Executive coach transport from and to your school and throughout your stay
- Services of your own Group Co-ordinator (Groupie)
- Organised evening activities
- Extensive group travel insurance
- 1 in 8 free place ratio
Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in February 2022 and is subject to availability.
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On-tour support includes...
- Your dedicated Group Co-ordinator, if staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem, will ensure the smooth-running of your school tour, acting as all-round support for your group.
Ypres Walking Tour
This tour of the city includes: The Cloth Hall, St George’s Anglican Church, The Menin Gate - Britain’s major memorial to its missing - and The Lille Gate Cemetery, a beautiful example of the work of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Your group will then return to Ypres for an evening meal and attend the daily Last Post Ceremony at The Menin Gate to witness a moving act of remembrance by the people of the city.
Prowse Point CWGC Cemetery
Located south of Ypres, the site has strong connections with the Christmas truce of 1914.
Wytschaete and Messines
These two neighbouring villages were the scene of an attack in June 1917 by the 16th Irish Division (almost entirely Catholic) and the 36th (Ulster) Division. In Wytschaete, students will view the work of Father William Doyle, famous throughout Ireland for his forthright accounts of his work as a front line priest.
In Messines, students will visit the Island of Ireland Peace Park and Tower, built in the late 1990s, as part of the reconciliation process in Ireland set in motion by the Good Friday Agreement. Your group will also visit the village church to see the crypt where Hitler sheltered as a young corporal and to consider the effect that the war and Germany’s ultimate defeat had upon him.
Established by the Anglican Padre Tubby Clayton, groups can visit the chapel, view the work of the house during the war and its connection to the ‘Toc H’ movement which flourished between the wars and whose emblem was an early Christian lamp.
Langemark German Cemetery
Learn how Germany chose to remember its war dead and how their thoughts of war were shaped by the slaughter of the German pupil battalions by British regular troops in 1914, known as the Massacre of the Innocents, an important challenge to pre-war ideas of the glories of warfare. In the 1930s, the memory of this battle was incorporated into Hitler’s perverse Cult of the Dead.
Poperinge Death Cells
Covering the controversial issue of shooting deserters, students will visit the death cells where condemned men were kept the night before execution, the place where the executions took place and the cemetery in which several of the victims are buried. Nearby, the College Stanislas was the HQ of The Friends Ambulance – about 1,000 Quakers served in this unit on the Western Front and here students will look at the dilemmas, both moral and practical, faced by conscientious objectors during WWI.
Notre Dame de Lorette French Cemetery
Notre Dame de Lorette, is the world's largest French military cemetery. It is the name of a ridge, basilica, and French national cemetery northwest of Arras at the village of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire. The high point of the hump-backed ridge stands 165 metres high and – with Vimy Ridge – utterly dominates the otherwise flat Douai plain and the town of Arras.
St Martin’s Cathedral
St Martin's Cathedral is a church and former cathedral in the Belgian city of Ypres. It was a cathedral and the seat of the former diocese of Ypres from 1561 to 1801, and is still commonly referred to as such. At 102 metres (335 ft) tall, it is among the tallest buildings in Belgium.
The memorial to Canadian troops who withstood the first use of poison gas here in 1915.
The scene of fierce fighting in 1917, when the Canadians successfully took the ridge from the Germans. Students can take a tour of the tunnels, trenches and the cemeteries.
- Organised evening activities at the château (including a French night, snail tasting, making traditional tarte au sucre, mini Olympics, a disco, Superhero Challenge, NST’s Got Talent, boules...and much more!)
- Excellent recreational facilities at the château (including a games room, two football pitches, volleyball area and four hectacres of private grounds)
- Most other hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evening for quizzes or discos
FREE Remembrance Journal
All pupils travelling with NST on a WWI battlefields tour can download a FREE Remembrance Journal to record their learning experience and memories. These special journals provide pupils with an outline of WWI history, together with thought-provoking questions to give pupils a focus for learning during their trip and to encourage them to reflect on their experience.
“Religious Studies teachers will find a visit to these historical sites a very valuable experience, especially for KS3 pupils to evaluate the practical applications of “The Just War” theory and other philosophies of peace and violence. Furthermore, the role of individual personal responsibility and discipline can be studied with reference to all ranks of military. This will provide further possible background application to issues arising from the Holocaust and more recent conflicts for more advanced study.”
Tony Dodd, NST Subject Expert
Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.
Giving you full support throughout
Before your tour
- Your own dedicated NST contact
- Bespoke tour itineraries
- Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
- Curriculum linked visit programmes
- Great value for money - no hidden costs
- Free group leader inspection visits
- Risk assessment guidance
- Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits
Whilst you're away
- Free educational resources
- Group-friendly accommodation
- Exceptional standards of coaching
- On-tour support from our reps on the ground
- Support & assistance from our specialists throughout your tour
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- Extensive group travel insurance
On your return
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