‘Victory at Last?’ – 2-day Arras, Messines & Ypres Tour

Tour Introduction

In April 1917 east of Arras, the British Army launched its first major offensive of the year. In the 8 months that followed as tactics and technology developed the British would experience success at Arras, Messines and, for a while, on the Ypres Salient. And yet it is not military success that will perhaps be forever associated with 1917 but the blood-soaked fields of the Battle of Passchendale – whose thick mud eventually became so deep that both men and horses would drown in it.

This fully-guided 2-day tour focuses on key actions of the British Army on the Western Front a century ago.

Visits include:

  • Wellington Quarry tunnels – an excellent opportunity to explore the underground war
  • Vimy Ridge Memorial and Trench system
  • Spanbroekmolen Mine crater on the Messines Ridge ripped apart by Allied mines on 7 June 1917
  • Memorial Museum Passchendale 1917 and a chance to handle period weaponry and equipment
  • Battlefield walk to Tyne Cot cemetery following the route of Australian 3rd Division in October 1917

Tour Information


  • France
  • Belgium

Key Locations:

  • Notre Dame de Lorette
  • Neuville St Vaast German Cemetery
  • The Faubourg d’Amiens
  • Wellington Quarry
  • Vimy Ridge
  • Messines Ridge
  • Spanbroekmolen Crater
  • The Welsh Memorial - Pilkem Ridge
  • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
  • The Road to Passchendaele
  • Tyne Cot
  • The Menin Gate

Transport Options:

  • Coach


  • 2 days

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Ashcroft Academy

Price Includes:

  • Fully guided
  • Hotel/Hostel accommodation
  • An executive coach for your exclusive use
  • Pre-tour presentation
  • All entrance fees associated with your visit
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • All meals as shown on your itinerary
  • Return crossings with ferry or Eurotunnel
  • 1 free teacher place for every 10 paying students

Topics Supported

These tours support all programmes of study and specifications covering:

War and British Society

Causes and Events of the First World War

Britain, Europe and the Wider World: 1901-Present Day

Britain at War

The Impact and Experience of war in Britain

The Changing Nature of Warfare

Warfare Through Time

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