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; 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: +44 (0)1376 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.
School Travel Forum Assured Member; ATOL T10153; TTA U6964
Address: Battlefield Tours, The Cultural Experience, 8 Barnack Business Park, Blakey Road, Salisbury SP1 2LP
Telephone (UK only): 0345 475 1815
Telephone (international): +44 1722 340 699
Battlefield Tours is an established and highly recommended battlefield tour company, which also provides a wide-ranging programme of school tours. The themes of the First World War school trips offer insights into aspects of the First World War not usually covered on standard battlefield tours for schools. They include:
- Behind the Front Lines
- Poetry & Literature
- They Also Served
- Western Front Discovery
For more information and to discuss your particular requirements for your tour or specific WW1 topics contact Battlefield Tours by email or phone.
Clevelode Battlefield Tours
Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)
Telephone: +44 (0)1684 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 (Freephone UK only): 0800 496 4996
Telephone: +44 (0)208 772 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: +44 (0)1273 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. Equity Travel (formerly named School Travel Service) is the selected company providing the UK Government's First World War Battlefield Tours Programme as part of the Centenary commemorations.
For further information about the battlefield tours visit the page at:
Website: www.equityschooltravel.co.uk Battlefield Tours WW1
Esprit Tour Services
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation; Travel Trust Association; School Travel Forum Assured Member; Guild of Battlefield Guides Partner
Address: Esprit Tour Services, Suite A, Initiate Office, Deacon Park, Moorgate Rd N, Liverpool L33 7RX
Telephone: +44 (0)151 556 9858
Esprit Tour Services offer group tours for primary and secondary school age students, youth groups and adults. Presentations and workshops can be arranged. Military Family Research can be requested so as to provide a detailed biography to be able to follow in the footsteps of an ancestor.
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 UK only): 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: +44 (0)1449 767 778
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; School Travel Forum Assured Member; ABTA V2645; ATOL 5079
Telephone: +44 (0)115 9404 303
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 Battlefields & Education Tours
ABTA No. V3582; ATOL No. 3880
Telephone: +44 (0)1306 873 571
Holts Battlefield & Education Tours is a division of Leger Holidays and has over 25 years of experience in organising school travel to the battlefields of the First World War.
The IBT Travel Group Ltd.
ABTA No. V0847; ATOL No. 5916; Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation; School Travel Forum Assured Member
Address: The IBT Travel Group Ltd, Cairn House, Skye Road, Prestwick, KA9 2TA
Telephone: +44 (0)1292 477771
IBT Travel Group are an independent tour company who have been arranging tailor made educational tours for all age groups since 1986. Our experienced staff can provide a full range of services from bare-bones to fully inclusive guided tours to the battlefield areas of Belgium and France. Our online mini-brochure (Adobe Flash required) gives you an idea on the services that we can offer (link below) but telephone or email and find out what personal service is really all about!
Website: www.ibt-travel.com Battlefields Brochure
For further information about the battlefield tours visit the website:
Website: www.ibt-travel.com WW1 Battlefields 1914-18
Key Stage Tours
ABTA and ATOL protected (ABTA No. V6504), Founding member of the School Travel Forum; Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
Address: 259 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8NB
Telephone: 0845 026 4661
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.
Lest We Forget Tours
Telephone: +44 (0)1424 775730 or +44 (0)7792 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.
ABTA; IATA; School Travel Forum Assured Member
Telephone: +44 (0)1253 833 833
NST offers First World War battlefield tours:
- Ypres & the Somme History School Trip: WW1 Battlefields
- Northern France & Belgium History School Trips: WW1 Literature
For more information about the battlefield tours visit the specific section of the NST website:
Website: www.nstgroup.co.uk Battlefield Tours
Supporter and Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); ABTA and ATOL Protected; School Travel Forum Assured Member; Holder of the LOtC Quality Badge.
Address: Rayburn House, 37 Brunel Parkway, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8HR
Telephone: +44 (0)1332 347 828
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.
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: +44 (0)20 8335 9768
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.
Schools into Europe
ABTA No. Y4767; School Travel Forum Assured Member; Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Member; Confederation of Passenger Transport Member
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2052 2236
For information about the programme of tours and day trips visit the section of the Schools into Europe website:
Website: www.schoolsintoeurope.com First World War Battlefields
Skylark Battlefield Tours for Schools and Colleges
Telephone: +44 (0)1354 696 779
Tours for school and college students (Key Stage 3/4) by Andrew Spooner, an experienced guide to the battlefields for over 25 years.
ATOL no. 0151; IATA & ABTA Protected; School Travel Forum Assured Member
Telephone (Schools Department): +44 (0)1903 832 861
The company offers a programme of history tours for schools, including a two day tour to the battlefields of the Ypres Salient.
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 244 572
Travelbound offers a wide-ranging programme of history tours for schools. To see the First World War tours offered to Ypres and the Somme visit the website:
Website: www.travelbound.co.uk School History Trips
ABTA No. V0673; ATOL No. 10887; School Travel Forum Assured Member; Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge; Supporter of the the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)
Telephone: +44 (0)1225 766 346
WW1 tours for school groups are offered to Belgium and France. For more information visit the website and look at Destinations / Battlefield Tours.
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.