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School History Tours to The Somme

Tour Introduction

Fought near the banks of the River Somme in France, the five-month-long Battle of the Somme was one of the most harrowing events in modern history.

With perhaps as many as a million casualties and 300,000 deaths, the fruitless struggle between Allied and German forces has come to represent the futility of war, and a human cost that has never been forgotten.

But to truly understand the scale of the conflict, students need to see it for themselves. Which is why at Anglia Tours, we specialise in creating bespoke, immersive history trips to Somme, bringing the learning out of the classroom, and into the place where it all began.

Get a quote now for your fully-guided Somme school trip, including history trips endorsed by the Pearson Edexcel’s GCSE History examination boards.

Whatever the focus of your curriculum, Anglia Tours can tailor your Somme history school trip to match, with every excursion specifically chosen to enhance the teaching process.

If you are following Edexcel’s The British Sector of the Western Front 1914-18: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches (link to you can visit locations such as Newfoundland Memorial Park to see what conditions and hygiene were like for troops.

For those studying warfare and British society, for instance, a school trip to the Somme battle site can bring to life the devastating experience of fighting in the trenches. Students can then discuss the ways in which survivors’ trauma affected British society in the aftermath.

Meanwhile, WWI history school trips to Ypres, Somme and Normandy allow students to compare how tactics and technology were deployed across different locations. Examining the use of flamethrowers and poison gas in 1915, and watching a live demonstration of a WWI tank – first used in 1916.

Alternatively, if you’re seeking an English literature school trip to the Somme, there’s a dedicated tour for that too. ‘In the Footsteps of Wilfred Owen’ allows students to stand exactly where the poet stood on the Western Front in 1917-18, and contemplate his work in a whole new light.

Scroll down to view more sample itineraries from school trips to the Somme battleground.

Although it has been over a century since the Great War ended, many families still like to take personal pilgrimages to the sites where their loved ones fell. If you wish to follow a particular unit through the now-peaceful battlefields, or trace the route taken by former pupils from your school, we would be delighted to support you.

Our 2-4 day Somme battlefield tours can be designed around these reflective moments, to offer a spine-tingling experience that your students will never forget.

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Why Anglia Tours?

  • An Anglia tour is an unrivalled educational experience, because we approach everything from our customers to our locations with the utmost diligence and care.
  • Our measured approach to creating immersive experiences for students is the reason why Anglia is the market leader in fully guided history trips for UK schools.
  • We work closely with you to design a bespoke itinerary that meets the specific needs of your class. We build the tour around the exact requirements of your group, creating an experience that’s exhilarating, thought provoking and guaranteed to leave a profound impact on students.
  • The fact that our expert guides remain with the group throughout the tour means we can offer programmes which enable schools to achieve more in less time. With our guides leading the way, not a second is wasted. It’s the Anglia standard.

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Tour Information


  • France

Key Locations:

  • The Somme

Transport Options:

  • Coach


  • 1 Day, 2 Day, 3 Day, 4 Day

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