Interpretive Centre Vimy Memorial Park, France

Interpretive Centre Vimy Memorial Park, France.
Display boards with maps, photographs and explanations about the battles for the Vimy Ridge.
Display boards with maps, photographs and explanations about the battles for the Vimy Ridge.

The Interpretive Centre at Vimy Memorial Park was officially inaugurated at the Vimy Memorial Park on 9th November 1997. The centre is administered by Veterans Affairs Canada.

The centre provides information about the Vimy Ridge in the First World War and the part played by the Canadian Corps to recapture this important high ground in the Battle of Vimy Ridge from 9th to 12th April 1917.

There are maps, presentation boards explaining the battle, photographs, militaria exhibits and personal artefacts on display. There is a film showing documentary footage.

One of the display casees containing items related to the fighting and the men of the Canadian Corps.
A display case containing items related to the fighting and the men of the Canadian Corps.

A small range of postcards, books and pamphlets related to the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Canadian National Memorial is available at the reception desk.

Guided Tours

Preserved trenches at the Vimy Memorial Park.
Preserved trenches at the Vimy Memorial Park.

Guided tours of the tunnels and trenches are available free of charge, subject to availability. Tours last for about 50 minutes.

For a group of less than 10 people tours are available on a first come, first served basis. Go to the Interpretive Centre to arrange your tour.

For a group of 10 or more people a reservation is recommended. Up to 25 people can be accommodated in a tour group of the tunnels and trenches.

Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Suitable footwear is recommended. Tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility or claustrophobia.

Note that reservations for guided tours cannot be made for Mondays and the following public holidays: 9 April, 1 July, 5 November, 6 November, 11 November.

Enquiries regarding reservations and visitor information can be made to:

Email: vimy.memorial@vac-acc.gc.ca

Telephone: (from Canada) 011 33 3 22 76 70 86; (from Europe) +33 3 22 76 70 86

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Address: Canadian National Vimy Memorial, 62580 Vimy, France

Opening Hours

Visitors at the Interpretive Centre in the Vimy Memorial Park.
Visitors at the Interpretive Centre in the Vimy Memorial Park.

The Memorial Park site is free of charge and the Vimy Memorial and the two British military cemeteries on the site are accessible at all hours.

Two parts of the site have opening hours. These are the Interpretive Centre and the Grange Subway tunnel. The visitors' Interpretive Centre with guided tours of the tunnels available are:

Wheelchair Access

Paths are provided as an alternative to steps at the Vimy Interpretation Centre and through the centre of the site of the preserved trenches. The trench system itself and the tunnels are not wheelchair accessible.

Parking

There is ample free parking for cars and coaches at the site at the memorial and at the Interpretive Centre. There is a gate across the entrance to the car park next to the Interpretive Centre. This car park is closed to vehicles at the times when the Interpretive Centre is closed (see opening hours above), but visitors can park outside this gate and walk through to visit the preserved trenches.

Toilets

There are toilets available for visitors next to the Vimy Interpretive Centre, open during the hours given above.

Interpretive Centre Vimy Memorial Park Location

Latitude N 50° 22' 20" ; Longitude E 2° 46' 12"

The Interpretive Centre is situated in the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park. This is located near the village of Vimy about 5 miles (8 kilometres) north-east of Arras on the N17 to Lens. The memorial park is signposted just south of the village of Vimy. The Vimy Interpretive Centre and the location of the Vimy Memorial, the preserved trenches and tunnels are well signposted in the park.

(Note that the aerial satellite image of the Vimy Memorial on the location map includes the scaffolding for the renovation work which was completed in 2006.)

Related Topics

Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Memorial Park

The reverse side of Vimy Memorial looking to the north-east. The ground dramatically drops away from the ridge on the far side of the memorial.
Vimy Memorial looking to the north-east. The ground dramatically drops away from the ridge on the far side of the memorial.

Find out about the Memorial to the Canadians who fought in the First World War, the names of the 11,000 Canadians missing in action, how the memorial came about, its design and how it was constructed.

Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Memorial Park

Acknowledgements

Veteran Affairs Canada www.veterans.gc.ca

Veteran Affairs Canada www.veterans.gc.ca Vimy Visitor Information