WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies and Guides: Starting from the UK

A tour group at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres Salient.

An increasing number of guides and tour companies offer tours to the First World War battlefields: these tours can include one day visits or all-inclusive tours over several days, walking tours, themed tours, cycling tours, self-drive and personalized tours for individuals or groups. Tours will usually range in size from coach tours, to minibus tours, to tours by private vehicle.

Most tours will provide the opportunity for the first-time visitor to see the main sites of interest in a battlefield sector. An increasing number of tour companies are also able to offer, separately or within a standard tour itinerary, an extra special personalized service, whereby travellers wanting to follow in the footsteps of an ancestor who served on the battlefields can be taken to specific places of action and commemoration. Do be aware that your guide will more than likely need sufficient notice if you have a particular request to visit a place of special interest, so ask well in advance of the tour if you have any special requests.

Travellers should expect a high level of experience and expertise in the subject from a guide to the WW1 battlefields. It goes without saying that you should also expect a high standard of service for all the travel and accommodation requirements of a given tour. You are advised to look at testimonials from previous travellers and ask for the tour guide's credentials before booking a tour. Guides and companies requesting to be listed on this website are taken on trust where they are not already known to greatwar.co.uk.

List of Tour Companies and Guides Starting from the United Kingdom

Members of a battlefield tour at Berks Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert Memorial, south of Ypres.
Tour group at Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

The following list is an overview of organizations or individual guides offering tours to the First World War battlefields where the tour starts from designated pick-up points in the United Kingdom.

This list is offered to assist travellers in finding a tour company to suit your specific requirements. You are advised to contact the tour guide or company directly with any enquiry about the tours they offer. You must be satisfied that they comply with travel, package holidays and package tours regulations. Greatwar.co.uk cannot be held responsible for a guide or tour company failing to comply with package holiday travel regulations and public liability cover.

Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

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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 Member 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.

Battlefield Tour Companies and Guides (from the United Kingdom)

These tour companies and guides offer all-inclusive tours starting from pick-up points in the United Kingdom.

Advance! Bespoke Battlefield Tours

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)1728 603 645

Website: www.advancebattlefieldtours.co.uk

After Action Battlefield Guiding

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Website: www.afteraction.info/index

Battlefield guide David Grainger is a member of The Western Front Association and the Guild of Battlefield Guides. David specializes in arranging bespoke tours to suit the needs of individual travellers or groups, but for sample itineraries of the places that can be included on a tour, see the After Action website.

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: +44 (0)1376 - 574 130

Email: info@angliatours.co.uk

Website: www.angliatours.co.uk

Anglia Tours has an established reputation for organizing high quality tours to the First World War battlefields amongst other historical tours. Colonel Alain Chissel, TD, is director of Anglia Tours and a Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG).

Experienced and expert guides offer a range of guided tours suitable for individuals, schools and military groups. Anglia Tours also specializes in organizing private tours for “Friends and Family”. These tours offer a personalized pilgrimage for small parties of friends and family members, providing an unforgettable experience in the shared experience of following in the footsteps of relatives, military units or the men and women named on the local war memorial.

Back-Roads Touring Co. Battlefield Tours

Members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)208 9870 99

Website: www.backroadstouring.co.uk

Bartletts Battlefield Journeys Ltd.

Telephone: +44 (0)1507 - 523 128

Email: info@battlefields.co.uk

Website: www.battlefields.co.uk

Highly acclaimed tours visit the battlefields in small groups of up to 7 people. Bartletts Battlefield Journeys (BBJ) was founded by David Bartlett in 1995. BBJ has a well-established reputation for providing excellent, meticulously researched tours by highly qualified, experienced guides, combined with the high standards of organization provided for every BBJ traveller.

Tours with BBJ feature:

Battle Honours

Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG) Badged Guides

Telephone: +44 (0)1438 791 020

Email: enquiries@battle-honours.co.uk

Website: www.battle-honours.co.uk

The UK's leading battlefield tour company providing well-established, carefully researched walking battlefield tours. Every tour is accompanied by at least one badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG), who will act as guide, host and organizer: lead guides and founders of Battle Honours are Clive Harris (GBG Badge no. 33) and Julian Whippy (GBG Badge no. 31). Photographer Mike St Maur Sheil is a key member of the team (GBG Badge no. 38).

Tours with Battle Honours feature:

Battlefield Breaks.com

ABTA No. 16850

Telephone: +44 (0)845 344 0342

Website: www.battlefield-breaks.com

The Battlefield Guide: Frank Toogood

Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG) Badged Guide

Telephone: +44 (0)1916 45 1812

Website: www.thebattlefieldguide.com

Frank is Badged Guide no. 39 with the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He is a specialist in bespoke walking tours for small groups.

Bird Battlefield Tours

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8752 0956 or +44 (0)1243 789077

Website: www.birdbattlefieldtours.com

Clevelode Battlefield Tours

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: 01684 311 257

Email: info@clevelode-battletours.com

Website: clevelode-battletours.com

Retired Army Officer Major David Craig specializes in arranging bespoke family and group tours to the battlefields.

The Cultural Experience

Members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); ATOL Protected No. T10153; Travel Trust Association Member No. U6964

Telephone: (UK) 0845 475 1815; (International) +44 1935 813700

Website: www.theculturalexperience.com

The Cultural Experience is a tour company highly recommended by its customers. A number of the expert guides working with The Cultural Experience are members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG).

The company specializes in history tours including a wide range of battlefield tours from 19th century to the modern day. WW1 tours include Haig on the Western Front, the Gallipoli campaign and the Western Front. Tours are accompanied by expert military historians. Bespoke tours can be arranged for individuals, a group of friends or members of a club or association.

Eyewitness Tours

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)1306 - 880 960

Website: www.eyewitnesstours.com

Galina Battlefield Tours

Official Tour Operators to the Normandy Veterans Association; Member of ABTA No. Y4466

Address: Galina International Battlefield Tours, 16 Bridge Street Row, Chester, CH1 1NQ

Telephone: 01244 340 777

Email: info@wartours.com

Website: www.wartours.com

Galina Battlefield Tours offer tours for large groups (17-49 persons), small groups (6-16 persons), individuals and couples (1-5 persons). Galina has been arranging tours for adult groups since 1989 including military personnel, Rotarians, corporate organizations, groups of friends, literary societies and the University of the Third Age. Tour itineraries can be set by Galina or can be tailored to suit the requirements of the size of your group, your travel dates, accommodation needs, travel preferences and the places you wish to visit. Self-drive tour itineraries are also available.

For full details and to request a free quotation see the Galina International Battlefield Tours website.

Galloway

Telephone: 01449 765861

Email: dan@gallowayeuropean.co.uk

Website: www.gallowayeuropean.com

All-inclusive Continental coach holidays including a four-day tour package to the Ypres Salient and Somme battlefields.

Great Rail Journeys

See our page:

WW1 Battlefield Tours by Rail

Guided Battlefield Tours

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); Member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisors Trust (ABTOT)

A well-established, family-based battlefield tour company run by Susan and Steve Cocks. Tours are limited to a maximum of 32 people and travellers are assured of a high quality, well-researched tour. Visit the website for information about tours, dates and prices.

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 - 258 207

Email: info@guidedbattlefieldtours.co.uk

Website: www.guidedbattlefieldtours.co.uk

Ecosse Tours Ltd.

Travel Trust Association member

Telephone:+44 (0)141 416 1915

Website: www.ecossetours.co.uk

Ecosse Tours is a Scottish based company conducting regular Great War tours to the battlefields of France and Flanders, and Second World War tailor made tours to Normandy in France and Arnhem in the Netherlands. All our coach tours start and finish in Scotland.

Holts Tours Battlefields and History

Telephone: +44 (0)1293 - 865 000

Website: www.holts.co.uk

In the Footsteps

Supporter & Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG); Member of the European Tour Operator Association (ETOA) and Recommended and rated Excellent on Trip Advisor

Telephone: +44 (0)1989 - 565 599

Email: info@inthefootsteps.com

Website: www.inthefootsteps.com

In the Footsteps Battlefield Tours provide expert guided tours for individuals, couples and groups. We specialise in providing tours for those wanting to Follow in the Footsteps of their ancestors or a particular unit, as well as the more general tour of the battlefields. Our expert guides can cover tours of Pre 20th Century Wars, the First World War and Second World War.

Kimber Battlefield Tours

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)592 - 642 466

Website: www.kimberbattlefieldtours.co.uk

Guides Paul Trickett and Phil Adams are members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. Paul and Phil both served in the Royal Marines.

Leger Holidays Guided Battlefield Tours

Telephone: +44 (0)844 - 504 6251

Website: www.visitbattlefield.co.uk

On The Go Tours

ABTA No. W4479; ATOL No. 6109; AITO No. 5096; AITO 4 Sustainable Tourism Stars; Travel Compensation Fund Participant

Telephone: +44 (0)207 371 1113

Email: info@onthegotours.com

Website: www.onthegotours.com

On The Go Tours offers a range of battlefield tours to a number of worldwide destinations including The Boer & Zulu Wars in South Africa, The Burma Railway (combined with the Burmese Water Festival), The Siege of Leningrad, The Borneo Death March and Ranau Track and The Vietnam War. First World War destinations include tours featuring ANZAC forces on the First World War battlefields of the Western Front and Gallipoli. For details of battlefield tours travelling in 2014 and 2015 see the website page at:

Website: www.onthegotours.com Battlefield Tours

Pillow

Telephone: +44 (0)7970 - 065 852

Website: www.pillow.co.uk

Remembrance Travel

Badged Guide No. 12 and Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: 020 3207 2321

Website: www.remembrancetravel.org.uk

Remembrance Travel (formerly Poppy Travel) is a subsidy of The Royal British Legion, working with tour operator Newmarket Travel. The “Journeys of Remembrance” tour programme offers battlefield tours to many destinations. Tours are led by experienced military historians who combine the historical information with the personal pilgrimages for travellers wishing to visit particular places of action and commemoration.

Reveille Tours

Telephone: +44 (0) 1304 240820

Email: info@reveillebattlefieldtours.co.uk

Website: www.reveillebattlefieldtours.co.uk

Reverend Canon Bruce Hawkins, guide to the battlefields for over 25 years, specialises in taking small groups of people to visit the major battlefields of the First and Second World Wars. Tour guests travel in groups up to eight people in an air-conditioned, executive minibus. Accommodation is arranged as appropriate for the tour in guest houses, hotels or historic mansions. Bruce will be pleased to discuss a bespoke tour for groups of friends or families wishing to visit places of personal interest.

Rifleman Tours

Rifleman Tours is in association with Avanti Travel Insurance of Avanti Insurance Limited, registered in England No. 03882026

Telephone: +44 (0)1908 617264

Email: info@riflemantours.co.uk

Website: www.riflemantours.co.uk

Run by a husband and wife team Rifleman Tours is a battlefield tour company based in the UK, specializing in small group tours of between 12 and 18 people to the WW1 battlefields of France and Belgium. Prices include executive coach travel and good quality accommodation. Tours are suitable for first time visitors and those with more specialist knowledge alike.

Rifleman Tours offer a number of tours scheduled during the year. Visitors wishing to pay their respects to a grave or visit a particular place of action during a tour can be accommodated (advance notice is required). Bespoke tours can also be planned around a group wanting to study a particular theme or visit special places of action.

Shearings Holidays: Battlefield Tours

Winner British Travel Awards 2012; ABTA No. V6468; Member of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation Of Passenger Transport UK Ltd.

Telephone: 0844 824 6351

Website: www.shearings.com Battlefields

Shearings is the UK's number one coach holiday tour operator and has been organizing tours for over 100 years. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War Shearings is offering high quality guided coach tours and river cruises to the WW1 battlefields of the Western Front in France and Belgium during 2014. Shearings is delighted to support ABF The Soldiers' Charity by making a donation for every Battlefield tour or cruise sold for 2014.

Shearings also offers WW2 tours and cruises.

Groups of all sizes - students, cadets, military personnel, associations - are very welcome to make enquiries at 01942 823 447.

For more detailed information visit the Shearings website or call to discuss your enquiry.

Skylark Battlefield Tours

Telephone: +44 (0)1354 696 779

Website: www.skylarkbattlefieldtours.co.uk

Spirit of History

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)1883 744 342

Website: www.spiritofhistory.co.uk

A battlefield tour company offering travel in small groups.

Spirit of Remembrance

Badged guides & members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: 01634 233785 or 01420 475567

Website: www.spiritofremembrance.com

Battlefield tour company led by a highly experienced team in travel and tourism combined with expert guides with many years of experience in battlefield guiding. WW1 tours are just some of the destinations available for booking. Spirit of Remembrance not only offers travellers to the battlefields the means to visit all the major sites, but also provides a variety of tailor-made opportunities for travellers to personalize a tour, whether wishing to travel as a group or an individual.

Visit the Spirit of Remembrance website to read in detail about the many and varied tour and learning opportunities available, including:

Dr. Thomson's Tours

Badged Guide with the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)1227 - 455 922

Website: www.drttours.co.uk

Tours can be arranged by Dr Andrew Thomson for individuals, large or small groups, couples, corporate organizations, clubs and conferences. Dr Thomson is Badged Guide No. 14 with the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Treyn Rail Holidays

See our page:

WW1 Battlefield Tours by Rail

Related Topics

Visiting the WW1 Western Front Battlefields

Members of a battlefield tour at the Hill 60 Memorial site on the Ypres Salient battlefield.
A battlefield tour group at the Hill 60 Memorial site on the Ypres Salient battlefield.

Advice and useful information about travelling, accommodation and tourist information for visitors to the Western Front battlefields:

Visiting WW1 Western Front Battlefields

Battlefields of the Western Front

Pages on the battlefields by area including comprehensive listings and locations of military cemeteries, main memorials, battle remains, museums and accommodation:

The Ypres Salient, Flanders, Belgium French Flanders and Artois The Somme, Picardie, France

International Guild of Battlefield Guides

greatwar.co.uk is proud to be a Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides
Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides logo.

The International Guild of Battlefield Guides is for guides with a specialism in battlefield history, providing an organization where guides can meet one another, share information and approaches to the subject. Members of the Guild can take part in an accreditation programme to become a “Badged Guide”. Visit:

Website: www.gbg-international.com

Somme Battlefields' Partner, France

The Somme Battlefields' Partner is a new network for visitors to the Somme, where local professionals involved in tourism and the history of this battlefield area have come together. The Somme Battlefields' Partner website is at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com

Battlefield Tours

Battlefield Tour Companies and Guides based in Belgium and France

Cycling Routes & Tours on the WW1 Battlefields

Self-drive Itineraries & Tours of the WW1 Battlefields

Battlefield Tours by Rail

WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies for Students & School Groups