Arras & Vimy Trench Warfare

The battlefields of Arras, and the impressive Vimy Ridge, offers students a chance to study trench warfare in one of the less frequently visited WW1 battlefields.

1 Day
Key Stage
KS 3, 4, 5


This one-day battlefield tour examines aspects of the war around Arras and Vimy, and rather than spend a day rushing round locations we visit select areas, spend time there, and use them to retell the story of the Great War and the experience of front line soldiers.

Study Themes and Curricular Links

  • KS3 National Curriculum – The First World War and the Peace Settlement

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – War and British Society 1790-2010

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – Depth Study- Britain in Peace and War 1900-1918

  • EdExcel GCSE Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historic Environment – Medicine in Britain and the British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Period Studies – Germany, 1890-1945:Democracy and Dictatorship

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Wider World Depth Studies – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Breadth Study – Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851-1991

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Depth Study – International Relations and Global Conflict, c1890-1941

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth – The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects of Depth – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1859-1991

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – British Period Study – Britain 1900-1951

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historical Interpretation – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1792-1945

  • Scotland National Qualification Syllabus – The Impact of the Great War

  • WJEC Syllabus – Thematic Studies from a Broad Historical Perspective – The Development of Warfare, c1250 to the present day

  • WJEC Syllabus – Period Study – Europe in an Age of Conflict and Co-operation, c1890-1991

  • WJEC Syllabus – History in Depth – Politics and Society in Wales and England, c1900-1939

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Tour Includes

  • Specialist Battlefield Guide. For larger groups we have two guides per booking.

  • Entrance to all museums and trenches.

  • Travel by coach from your school.

  • Channel crossings.

From £79 per student

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Sample Itinerary - Day Trip

This is a tour that can be completed in a day trip from any location in the south-East of England within 2-3 hours of the Channel Tunnel.

Day Trip - Arras and Vimy Ridge

After an early morning departure from the school, we proceed to the Channel Tunnel and travel to France. We head into Northern France and make our first visit of the day to Vimy Ridge, the impressive battlefield fought over between 1915 and 1917. Here we look at the development of trench warfare, walk through preserved British and German trench systems, and see mine craters from the ‘war underground’. We also visit the Vimy Memorial to examine the memorialisation of the First World War and discuss missing soldiers. Moving on, we begin our look into the German Army in WW1 and learn about the huge losses sustained by visiting the German Cemetery at La Targette, where more than 44,000 are buried. We travel to Arras where we visit the Wellington Quarries where we safely go underground to see what the British Army used as a shelter system in 1917. We look at life beneath the Western Front, seeing where men lived and slept, and made their way to take part in the Battle of Arras in April 1917. A unique experience on the British sector of the Western Front. We will then begin our return home via the Channel Tunnel, with arrival back at the school expected in the late evening.

German Cemetery, La Targette
German Cemetery, La Targette
Included Highlights
  • Vimy Ridge Visitor's Centre

  • Wellington Quarries

  • German Cemetery, La Targette

  • Vimy Ridge Memorial

  • Vimy Ridge Trenches

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Reasons to book with us

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Specialist Guides

Our team of experienced specialist guides are both passionate and knowledgeable.

Curriculum Highlights

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