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Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd
19 Old Road, Wimborne, Dorset, UK BH21 1EJ
Tel: 07776 195773  (office) or 01202 840520 (home/out of office phone)
Email: info@battlefield-tours.com

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Tel: 07776 195773 or 01202 840520. . . or click here to email us

Battlefield locations
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.Helpful downloads

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Battle of the Somme and 1917 Third Battle of Ypres (aka ‘Passchendaele’), we will be including a free copy of Trevor Yorke’s book ‘The Trench’ and a copy of the popular newspaper ‘The Daily News & Reader’  dated the day following Britain's entry in to the war, with all 2017-2018 Self-Drive tour bookings (as stocks permit whether Ypres or Somme).

Our helpful guide to planning your tour including cost options and much, much more.
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Is a self-drive tour for you?
Here’s the latest feedback from people like you who have recently returned form exploring the battlefields with our self-drive guides. Click here for all testimonials and emails in full.

Please read this bit first - it will only take a minute or so, but worth the time. . .

As you may already have found, there are many companies offering battlefield tours, especially at the centenary of the Great War spanning 2014-2018. Our tours however are quite different. It’s only when you receive our guide pack that you realise just how different and how detailed our self-drive guides are (a comment we receive time after time). Our self-drive guides are also much more detailed compared to the basic ‘Circuit of Remembrance’ local tourist office tour of the battlefield.

From my personal experience, visiting the battlefields of the Great War is quite a moving experience, an experience best appreciated in the company of close friends or family (or alone), without any restrictions such as the rigid timetable of a coach tour dictating the pace. It can be quite frustrating to see the battlefields passing before your eyes without being able to stop wherever and whenever you want to stop, and to explore where you want to explore. The freedom to truly comprehend the impact of the battlefields at your own pace, equipped with your own detailed ‘then and now’ guide(s), is what I always set out to achieve, and what today sets our tours apart.

Our tours allow you to reveal the hidden history of the battlefields at your own pace, for as long or as short as you like, at a time entirely of your choosing, and for you and just you. Our detailed professionally produced laser-colour self-drive Somme and Ypres guides, which are based on our many years experience of taking small groups on battlefield tours, have taken years to produce and are quite unlike other ‘self-drive’ offerings one may come across. If you are at all unsure whether a self-drive tour is for you, then just dip in to the hundreds of client testimonials we have received from past clients after they returned - or just have a quick look at the latest testimonials to the right here.

Unlike many other tour operators, we are one of the very few fully registered UK battlefield tour companies who have been established for over 20 years and who specialise in the Great War (Western Front) and nothing else.  We are also the only self-drive tour company to have received so many national press awards and recommendations, including Vanity Fair's much coveted ‘Best Guided Tour' award (see our National Awards).

Our Self-Drive tours include your hotel accommodation and Eurotunnel Channel crossing (for UK travellers - not necessary for those heading direct to France or Belgium) and, most importantly of all, our acclaimed self-drive battlefield guides, maps, plans, directions etc all dovetailed together by us, so all you have to do is just pack and go - we make it as simple as that!  Please note that our Self-Drive guides are are only available as part of a 'package' comprising hotel accommodation, and that our private 1:1 guiding option is only possible when booking a Self-Drive tour.

As you go through our website you’ll find helpful downloads, photos, documents and maps under the ‘Helpful Downloads’ tab beneath the main menu, such as the example to the left here. Just click any of the items to bring them to life.

So. . .rather than me waffle on any more, have a look around our website (which we made ourselves), especially the Introduction Page and our Self-Drive Tours Page.

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Dear James

I would like take this opportunity to thank you for all of your help in organising our trip to the Somme. The hotel was excellent and very well coming.

Your guides are really helpful in keeping you on the right track and on time.

We found my great grandfathers grave first visit in 10 years.


Should we decide on another visit we will be in touch.

Thanks for all your help it was greatly appreciated.


Paul Bolton September 2018



Hi James

Just wanted you to know that we had a fabulous time touring the Somme and Ypres last week. The hotels were wonderful especially the Hotel De La Paix, this was such a friendly hotel with wonderful amenities and staff.

[...] Thank you for planning this tour for us James it was a lifetime wish of my Brother and I and one I will now do again because there are still more places I want to visit like Amien, it was to busy to go there because of the celebrations going on whilst we was there.

Once again Thank you James

Kindest Regards

Ian J Blakey August 2018



We got back from our tour late on Friday and wanted to thank you for the tour that you prepared for us. 

It was so informative and detailed and even though we did not manage to cover the whole itinerary because of time, we now feel that we have a much better understanding of the horrors and the awful mistakes made resulting in the huge sacrifices of men in this dreadful war.

The directions and road information was clear and precise on your routes.

The hotel Ariane was lovely and we ate there on their terrace and the Hotel de la Paix was very welcoming, clean and homely and the evening meals were good.

Thank you for making our trip so worthwhile.

Best wishes

Sue Hawkins August 2018


Hi James

Myself and dad just wanted to send you a massive thank you for making our battlefields tour so unbelievably perfect. Such a moving experience and very important to both of us. Made even better by the stress free arrangements and fabulous accommodation.

Truly thank you we loved it.

Naomi Walsby   June 2018


Dear James 

We are just home after the most absorbing and interesting visit to the Somme and to Passchendaele.
Your itinerary and information contributed of course to a large degree and I’m writing to let you know on behalf of all three of us how much this was appreciated.

Our days were very full and it was excellent having slightly more than two days for each centre overall.
I would be more than happy to add the gist of this to Trip Advisor or similar if that is helpful.

With thanks again and best wishes from us all
Deborah Lazarus  May 2018


Hi James,

We are on our last night in Ypres and the entire trip has been FANTASTIC! […]

We followed your excellent guide to the letter and we even had enough time to visit Calais and Dunkirk before we began the Ypres part of the trip! Yes I know, we went back and forth, but that’s the beauty of having your own transportation! We noticed that there were no tour buses on the routes you gave us and very often, we were the only ones at the sites. The staff at Hotel Ariane were great and the breakfast was superb! We are looking forward to it again in the morning before we leave for France.

I’ll give you another update after the second part of the tour.

Thank you again for the incredible experience! I think I may have won the Wife of the Year Award for booking this :)

Connie  April 2018


Dear James

I just wanted to convey our sincerest thanks for arranging a really wonderful Battlefields trip recently.

From the Euro-tunnel check-in through to the Hotels recommended by you, we were extremely impressed. Everything was just as you described and the food and service in both hotels exemplary.

Most of all Jacques made the sites visited come alive. He has a style of his own and captivated us for a full two days with stories and anecdotes. He really went the extra mile in making it a truly memorable experience. One which we will all remember for a long time to come.

Thank you again

Best regards

Ben Penniston April 1918


“Dear James
…You could not have gone to more trouble for us. . . Jacques [personal guide] was excellent, and so nice, and went out of his way to show us where our great uncle spent his last few days.   Your [self-drive] guides were amazing… I must say that the impact of the trip stayed with me for some time after we got back.

Josephene Blake November 2017



I just want to say thank you for the great time that my family and I have had on our recent trip to the Somme and Ypres.  Your guides and information were superb.  They were easy to follow and very informative. The hotels were great and bar Avril’s tea rooms the food was out of this world.  I am wholeheartedly recommending your company to any one I speak too”.

Glen Lloyd , October 2017


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Travel when you want to travel for as long as you wish - just ‘pack and go’ - we do the rest!  You take your car and we arrange your hotel accommodation and Channel crossing (for UK travellers), as well as providing all the maps and directions you’ll need.  What lies at the heart of our tours are our acclaimed self-drive Somme and/or Ypres battlefield guides - your ‘window to the past’.  No other self-drive guides have so much detail and are so easy to follow!  Read on. . .

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