Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre
The Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre, at the site of the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, is located at the north-eastern side of the cemetery. It was opened in September 2012.
The focus of the Visitor Centre is research into the medical services during the First World War. It tells the story of how the wounded were treated following their injuries in the battle area and brought to a safe haven behind the lines. For many thousands the wounds they had received were too great and they were buried at Lijssenthoek. They never made it to the Base Hospitals or to their homes.
Discover & Learn at the Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre
- Find out about the Story of the Cemetery and Remy Siding.
- Learn about Casualty Clearing Stations and the role they played in the treatment of casualties from the battlefield.
- Discover the origins and history of Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
- View a Timeline for the cemetery in the context of the Great War of 1914-1918 and the events happening in Lijssenthoek, in Poperinge, and in the Ypres Salient.
- Explore a Touch Table to find diaries, archive film clips, military items and lots more.
- Search the database to find graves in the cemetery.
- Stand at the Listening Wall to hear 30 audio stories with extracts from letters and diaries.
- Study the daily Calendar telling the story of one of the casualties who died on that day. Print off that day and walk with it to the cemetery to find the casualty in the cemetery.
- Examine a Photo Wall with 1,000 portraits of casualties buried in the cemetery.
- Follow a special Footpath leading you to the cemetery.
You can book a guide for your visit to Poperinge, The Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and the battlefield area. For more information contact:
Open Daily 09.00 to 18.00 hours
Admission is free.
The Lijssenthoek Project was established in 2009 to research the casualties buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. If you have a relative who served in the medical services here or is buried at the cemetery, do get in touch!
Contact the Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre and the Lijssenthoek Project:
Address: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Boescheepseweg 35A, 8970 Poperinge, Belgium
Telephone: +32 (0)57 34 66 76
Location of Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre
Latitude N 50° 49' 48.187" ; Longitude E 2° 42' 7.099 "; Latitude: 50.830052 Longitude: 2.701972
Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre is located next to the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and signposted from the N38 (Frans-Vlaanderenweg) road. This road runs between the French-numbered D948 road from Callicannes on the French-Belgian border, where it becomes the Belgian-numbered road N38 to Poperinge. The Visitors Centre and cemetery lie on the east side of the N38.
Following directions at the green Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost, turn off the N38 take the side road for about 200 metres. Turn right into Boescheepseweg and continue for approximately 1.5 kilometres. This is a narrow road and care should be taken when getting in and out of vehicles as passing traffic is infrequent but may be fast.
The N38 can be rejoined again by continuing southwards along the Boescheepseweg for approximately 1.5 kilometres. Take the first right turn into the lane called Lyssenthoek and the N38 will be reached within 1 kilometre.
There is parking for cars, coaches and minibuses at the Visitor Centre.
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Lijssenthoek Project Partners
For information about the organizations working in partnership with the Lijssenthoek Project:
Photographs courtesy of Lijssenthoek Project & Visitor Centre.