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Menin Gate Memorial (Ypres Memorial) Tours

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Menin Gate Memorial (Ypres Memorial)
Overview
One of Europe’s major World War I landmarks, the Menin Gate Memorial (sometimes known as the Ypres Memorial) commemorates more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth troops who perished in the Flanders region. Many of these soldiers were never formally buried, and their names are inscribed on the historic gate in a lasting tribute.

The Basics

Many thousands of troops passed through the Menin Gate en route to the Western Front during major conflicts in World War I. Today, the historic city gate has been repurposed as a powerful memorial to those who lost their lives in the war. Designed by British architect Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1927 and built from Portland limestone, the triumphal arch and memorial is frequented by history buffs and those with personal ties to the conflict. Local buglers from the Last Post Association honor the fallen soldiers during a nightly ceremony.
The Menin Gate Memorial features on numerous World War I–themed guided tours of the Flanders battlefields.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The number of unburied soldiers is so large that not all names could fit on the Menin Gate; nearly 35,000 others are inscribed on the walls of the nearby Tyne Cot Cemetery.
  • Ypres itself was virtually razed during World War I fighting, so its Cloth Hall, cathedral, and medieval buildings were all reconstructed.
  • If you attend the nightly Last Post ceremony, refrain from applauding. Instead, visitors are encouraged to join the refrain “We Will Remember” after the bugles have played.
How to Get There
The Menin Gate Memorial is located in central Ypres, overlooking the Kasteelgracht canal. From Ypres’ central station, it is just a 10-minute taxi trip or 15-minute stroll to the landmark. The area, including the nearby Grote Markt central square, is also served by numerous local bus lines.

When to Get There
The memorial is always accessible to visitors; however, the nightly Last Post ceremony at 8pm is by far the busiest time to visit. Be sure to arrive early to stake out a spot if you want to attend. The memorial also hosts annual Armistice Day events on November 11.

Belgium’s World War I Landmarks
Ypres and the surrounding region played a major role in numerous World War I conflicts. The In Flanders Fields Museum details the city’s wartime history, while St. George’s Memorial Church was built to honor more than 500,000 troops who perished in local battles. The Ypres War Victims Monument, Memorial for Indian Forces, and other wartime landmarks are all nearby.
Address: Menenstraat, Ypres 8900, Belgium
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3 days on Australian WW1 battlefields starting from Ypres or Lille

3 days on Australian WW1 battlefields starting from Ypres or Lille

I am very flexible tours can be amended to go to visit some graves of your relatives. All tours are private. For transport I use a comfortable Mercedes Vito Tourer fully equiped for tours. I spent my life on these battlefields and I am guiding people since 20 years. I can provide a walker or a wheelchair.
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Flanders Fields WW I

Flanders Fields WW I

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In the 13C., along with Bruges and Ghent, Ypres was one of the great Cities of Flanders though it later entered a long decline. In the First World War it was the fulcrum of the Ypres Salient, a bitterly fought-over enclave protruding into the German lines, and the town was almost completely destroyed. After the war, it was rebuilt in traditional style. Today, it is a focal point of commemoration of the terrible slaughter that took place between 1914-1918, while the countryside around is a vast necropolis with around 170 military cemetery and many other reminders of war. Beside visiting the town, we will discover: The Menin Gate; Saint George Church; Flander Field Museum; Tyne Cot Cemetery; The Memorial Museum Passchendaele; Mont Kemmel and Bayernwald Trenches; The American W.W.I. Cemetery; Diksmuide. The delightful countryside surrounding the city of Ypres offers many picturesque routes for walking and bicycling, and welcomes visitors to a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
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From Arras, The Christmas Truce to Passchendaele Ypres 1 day WW1 private tour

From Arras, The Christmas Truce to Passchendaele Ypres 1 day WW1 private tour

This tour is for guests that want to start their battlefield tour of Ypres from towns and cities further afield, for example Bruges & Zeebruges , Ghent, Kortijk, in Belgium & Dunkirk, Lille, Arras in France A unique 1 to 1 private tour, With all the stops added together we cover 53 miles / 90 KM's of battlefield sites and memorials This tour covers the Ypres Salient from Messines to Passchendaele spanning 1914 to 1918, we follow the Australian/Canadian/New Zealand/ South African/ British soldiers as they attacked towards Passchendaele in 1917, if you have ancestors that fell in the battle I will tailor the tour where possible to include them Minimum x2 guests Max x5 ( This is a bespoke tour )
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From Ypres, The Christmas Truce to Passchendaele Ypres Based WW1 private tour

From Ypres, The Christmas Truce to Passchendaele Ypres Based WW1 private tour

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This tour covers the Ypres Salient from Messines to Passchendaele spanning 1914 to 1918, we follow the Australian/Canadian/New Zealand/ South African/ British soldiers as they attacked towards Passchendaele in 1917, if you have ancestors that fell in the battle I will tailor the tour where possible to include them Minimum x2 guests Max x5 Not a private tour but small group size max 5
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