Ypres | Joe Walsh Tours


Please note these are group tours and we do not take individual requests. If you are interested in organising a group Military & Heritage tour please send an email to info@joewalshtours.ie

The Ypres Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, when the allied forces succeeded in securing Ypres, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. The campaign claimed many lives before it finally came to a close in November 1917 with the capture of Passchendaele.

On the trail of the 16th Irish Division & 36th Ulster Division
The 16th Irish Division and the 36th Ulster Division fought on the Somme battlefields in 1916 before heading towards the Ypres Salient area, where they were engaged alongside each other at the battles of Messines and Langemarck, in June and August 1917 respectively. Our programme following the trail of the Irish soldiers is run in association with Captain Donal Buckley who is the top authority in Ireland on Military history in Ireland and all over the world. The tours include battlefield tours, cemetery tours and museum tours, uncovering the places and events associated with the two Irish divisions and helping you find some answers to your questions about the Irish heritage in the World War I.

» Menin Gate
» Essex Farm
» Langemark Cemetery
» Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
» Island of Ireland Peace Park
» Messines battlefield
» In Flanders Fields Museum
» Sanctuary Wood Museum
» Passchendaele Memorial
» Vancouver Corner (Gas attack memorial
» Artilery Wood Cemetery

Call our specialists today and find out more about the Military & Heritage tours we offer. Let us know about your military genealogy interests ahead of the tour and we will do our best to include cemetery and memorial visits of your interest.

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Local Information

  • Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
  • Local time: GMT +1 hour
  • Airports: Brussels (BRU)
  • Flight duration: 1 hour 15 minutes approximately
  • Transfer time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Languages: Dutch (Flemish), French, German, many people speak English
  • Climate: Temperate Climate
  • Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type C 2 pin and Type E 2 pin are used
  • Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
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