Surgery and Treatment on the Western Front

3 days / 2 nights


3 days / 2 nights

This History tour focuses on Surgery, Treatment and Medical Evacuation on the Western Front. The tour allows pupils to learn about the conditions experienced in the trenches, the development of weapons and the treatment and care of the wounded and allows pupils to gain an understanding of medical treatments and the historical context of medicine in the early 20th Century.

Your pupils will benefit from visiting a number of important historical sites such as the Passchendaele Museum, with its reconstructed dugouts and trenches where soldiers would have been initially treated, Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station, the new medical exhibition at Hooge Crater Museum (including an original motor ambulance), Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, the largest hospital cemetery in the area; and finally Talbot House, which provided rest and recreation to all soldiers coming in, regardless of their rank.

The accommodation was particularly fantastic and we were very pleased with the professional driver.

CR, Ypres

Curriculum focus

  • WJEC Eduqas Thematic Study Option 2F: Changes in Health and Medicine in Britain c500 to the Present Day

What's included in the trip?

  • Executive coach travel
  • Return ferry crossing via Dover / Calais
  • Hotel Accommodation on a Half Board basis
  • Entry to Passchendaele Museum, Hooge Crater Museum and Talbot House
  • Poppy Wreath to lay at Last Post Ceremony
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Vamoos Travel App
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:8 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Travel to Ypres. Visit the reconstructed trenches and Dugouts at the Passchendaele Museum followed by Tyne Cot Cemetery. Evening meal and activities at hotel.

  • Day 2

    Breakfast at hotel. Board coach to visit Essex Farm Dressing Station, Hill 60, Hooge Crater Museum and Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Evening meal at hotel. Visit the Menin Gate and lay a Poppy Wreath at the Last Post Ceremony.

  • Day 3

    Breakfast at hotel. Board coach and visit Talbot House in Poperinge. Return to school.


Enhance your trip

  • In 1992 a group of amateur archeologists named “The Diggers” first discovered the remains of an original British trench. In addition to many artefacts “The Diggers” discovered the remains of 155 First World War soldiers. The casualties they discovered were British, French and German, lost in battle and never recovered for seventy years.
  • The German war cemetery of Langemark is near the village of Langemark in the Belgian province of West Flanders. More than 44,000 soldiers are buried here. The village was the scene of the first gas attacks by the German army, marking the beginning of the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915.