WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies for Students & School Groups
There are a number of battlefield tour organizations which provide tours for school groups and teachers. School battlefield tours are aimed at specific Key Stage learning. A list of these specialist school tour companies is given below.
Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)
greatwar.co.uk is proud to be a Supporter of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. The aim of the Guild is to raise the understanding and promote best practice for guiding on the battlefields.
Lt. Col. Graham Parker, OBE, Retd. and his daughter Joanna Legg organized battlefield tours for military, private and public groups from 1980 and 2000. They founded and operated the tours as Flanders Tours for 12 of those years. Graham Parker is honoured to have been made an Honorary Badged Guide of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He and Joanna are keen to promote the Guild of Battlefield Guides and its Badged Guides, Members and Supporters are highlighted in our list of guides and tour companies below.
List of Battlefield Tours for Students & School Groups
The following list gives an overview of organizations offering tours for students and school groups to the First World War battlefields. This list is offered to assist teachers and group leaders to find a tour company to suit your specific requirements.
Anglia Tours Ltd.
Supporter and Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); ABTA No. Y3463; ATOL Protected; stf (School Travel Forum) Assured Member; Quality Badge from the Council for Learing Outside the Classroom.
Address: First Floor, Charles House, Kelvedon Road, Inworth, Essex CO5 9SH
Telephone: 01376 - 574 130
Website: www.angliatours.co.uk Great War Centenary
Anglia Tours has an established reputation for organizing high quality tours to the First World War battlefields amongst other historical tours. Experienced and expert guides offer a range if guided tours suitable for schools. Each school battlefield tour is individually designed to meet the needs of the group. A visit to the school will be made to discuss the proposed tour and a pre-tour presentation made as appropriate. A Tour Organizer will be allocated to ensure that all the requirements of processing and and arranging the tour are met.
Anglia is offering 2 free places for students and 1 free place for a teacher on all Great War tours during the centenary period.
Clevelode Battlefield Tours
Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)
Telephone: 01684 311 257
Website: clevelode-battletours.com Schools
Retired Army Officer Major David Craig offers his instructional and schools advisor experience as a guide for school and student groups wishing to make tours to the battlefields of the Western Front. Students will learn about the life of a soldier and his experience in war.
Club Europe Group Travel
Founding Member of the School Travel Forum; Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation; ATOL, IATA and ABTA Protection
Address: 22-24 Jaggard Way, London SW12 8SG
Telephone: 020 8772 6446
Website: www.club-europe.co.uk History Tours
One of the UK’s leading school travel companies, Club Europe has been organising educational school trips for over 30 years. The battlefields trips to Belgium and Northern France support the National Curriculum Key Stage 3, GCSE and AS/A level courses. With careful attention to detail and the specific requirements of each school group, Club Europe tours never fail to inspire and move students to gain a better appreciation of the events of the two great wars.
Equity School Travel
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation; School Travel Forum Assured Member; ATOL, IATA and ABTA Protection
Telephone: 01273 648 248
Equity School Travel arranges tours to the WW1 battlefields in France and Belgium for Key Stage 2 and 3 to Arras, the Somme and Ypres.
For further information about the battlefield tours visit the page at:
Website: www.equityschooltravel.co.uk Battlefield Tours WW1
Galina International Study Tours Ltd.
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation; School Travel Forum Assured Member; ABTA No. Y4466
Address: Galina International Study Tours Ltd., 16 Bridge Street Row, Chester, CH1 1NQ
Telephone: Freephone 0800 801 560
Galina International Study Tours Ltd. is a very well established, family-owned tour company. Galina has been arranging tours for young people since 1989. Galina's tours to the battlefields of the First World War are one area of expertise in a wide-ranging programme of student study visits. All battlefield tours can be designed to meet the requirements of each group. A study pack and teachers' notes are included in the price of a tour. Knowledgeable guides with a specialism in the history of the Western Front battlefields and with considerable teaching experience will conduct each tour. Dedicated tour administrators will establish personal contact with the group leaders during the planning of a tour and will ensure smooth-running arrangements during the tour.
Visit the website for full details of school study tours.
Galloway Tours for Schools and Colleges
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation; School Travel Forum Assured Member; ATOL 6268; Coach Holiday Scheme Licence 207; CoachMarque and Guild of British Coach Operators' Accreditation
Telephone: 01449 765863
Galloway was founded in 1965 as a company providing school group travel. The company has many years of experience organising tours to the WW1 battlefields. For information about the tour packages to the Ypres Salient, the Somme and Verdun battlefields visit the battlefields section of the website at:
Website: www.gallowayschools.com WW1 Tours
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation; Assured Member of the School Travel Forum; ABTA V2645; ATOL 5079
Telephone: 0115 9404 303 or 07000 150 300
Halsbury is a family-run company, founded by former language teacher Keith Sharkey and his wife Sue. Halsbury tours cover a wide range of subjects. For day and overnight visits to the WW1 battlefields see the School Battlefield Trips section of the website:
Website: www.halsbury.com WW1 Battlefield Trips
Holts Tours for Schools: Battlefields & Education
Telephone: 01293 865 000
Key Stage Tours
ABTA and ATOL protected (ABTA No. V6504), Founding member of the STF (School Travel Forum) Assured Member; Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
Address: 259 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8NB
Telephone: 0845 1 30 60 70
Key Stage Tours has been working with school groups for over 20 years, providing bespoke history tours to the UK, Europe and further afield. A tour manager will work with you throughout the process to develop your ideal itinerary. Visit the website or contact Key Stage Tours by email if you would like to discuss your requirements for a tour.
Two extra student places provided free as part of the Government's Battlefields Project.
For a comprehensive, colour eBrochure for Key Stage History Tours visit the link:
E-Brochure: www.studytrips.co.uk Key Stage History Tours Brochure 2013-2014
Kingswood Centres for Education and Adventure
Telephone: 01603 - 309 300
Lest We Forget Tours
Telephone: 01424 775730 / 07792 834062
Fully guided one, two or three day WW1 battlefield tours to the Western Front for school groups. Lest We Forget Tours was established in 2004 by experienced battlefield guide Brian Lancaster and his wife Joanna. Brian passed away in 2010. Joanna, an experienced teacher, and her two sons continue to organize the tours.
Tour itineraries are compliant with school curriculum studies and can be arranged to suit the exact needs of a group. Prices for a tour are based on the number of students attending and the sites they will be visiting. Tours are priced as low as possible whilst ensuring that every tour is engaging and memorable for the students. For more information and to discuss your requirements for a battlefield tour contact Joanna Lancaster at Lest We Forget Tours.
Telephone: 0845 - 671 0072
Remembrance Travel for Schools and Young People
Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); ABTA & Atol Protected; Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge; School Travel Forum Assured Member
Telephone: 0845 602 2482
Remembrance Travel (formerly Poppy Travel) is a subsidy of The Royal British Legion. Tours are available to many destinations in Europe from one to four or five days. Tours are designed to link in with the school curriculum for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 or can be modified to suit particular requirements. A free pack is available to teachers. Visit the website for more information about tour destinations, guides and travel arrangements.
Supporter and Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); ABTA and ATOL Protected; Member of the STF (School Travel Forum); Holder of the LOtC Quality Badge.
Address: Rayburn House, 37 Brunel Parkway, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8HR
Telephone: 01332 347828
Rayburn Tours has over 45 years’ experience of providing tailor-made History Tours to the World War I Battlefields, amongst other destinations. All trips are tailored to your curriculum and our experienced consultants take the time to understand your aims, using specialist knowledge to create a trip which fulfils your particular learning objectives.
Accompanying your WWI Battlefields, Berlin or Holocaust History Tour, we offer complimentary iWitness resources, comprising teacher resources and student fieldbook to help maximise the learning experience before, during and after your trip. These fantastic resources are also flexible enough to incorporate into any style of teaching. In addition, our exclusive WWI Battlefield Specialist will provide you with fascinating facts and anecdotes relating to your local regiment and, if applicable, will endeavour to uncover any students’ WWI family history — in many cases tailoring your itinerary to visit these locations. This is a free and truly unique service available upon request and compliments our iWitness programme, helping to personalise your students’ experience and ensuring that their Battlefield Tour is a memorable and worthwhile learning outside the classroom experience.
Schools into Europe
Telephone: 029 2052 2236
School Travel Service (STS)
Telephone: 0870 240 6828
Skylark Battlefield Tours for Schools and Colleges
Telephone: 01354 696 779
Telephone: 01273 - 265 265
Winning Tours (incorporating Sporting Destinations) Battlefield Tours
ATOL no. 0151; IATA & ABTA Protected; School Travel Forum Assured Member
Telephone: 01903 832861
The company offers a two day itinerary tour to Ypres and the Somme battlefields.
Supporting the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge; School Travel Forum Assured Member
Telephone: 01225 766 346
WWI Education Resources for Teachers
For information and resources specially focused on the provision of education packages, key stage work and resources for schools, students and teachers see our page of museums, organizations and websites at:
Visiting the WW1 Western Front Battlefields
Advice and useful information about travelling, accommodation and tourist information for visitors to the Western Front battlefields:
Youth Accommodation on the Western Front
See our page about accommodation by battlefield area, including hostels and hotels available to book for youth groups.