Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Historial de la Grande Guerre

For historical and cultural context, the best place to begin a visit to the Somme battlefields is the outstanding Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne, 60km east of Amiens. Located inside the town's fortified me…
Top Choice Tunnel in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

La Cité Souterraine de Naours

Believed to date from the 3rd century AD, this extraordinary underground 'city' of quarried tunnels was started by the Romans and expanded over the centuries, incorporating 28 galleries and 300 rooms, including thre…
Top Choice Memorial in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Ring of Remembrance

It's hard not to be overwhelmed by the waste and folly of the Western Front as you walk past panel after panel engraved with 579,606 tiny names: WWI dead from both sides who are listed in strict alphabetical order, …
Cemetery in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery & Museum

The death toll was horrific – 1917 Australians and 519 Britons killed in just one day of fighting – yet the Battle of Fromelles was largely forgotten until 2008, when the remains of 250 of the fallen were discovered…
Memorial in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Vimy Ridge Canadian National Historic Site

After the war, the French attempted to erase signs of battle and return northern France to agriculture and normalcy. Conversely, the Canadians remembered their fallen by preserving part of the crater-pocked battlefi…
Memorial in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Thiepval Memorial & Museum

Its silhouette instantly recognisable from afar, this 45m-high memorial to the missing of the Somme, 7.5km northeast of Albert, is inscribed with the names of more than 72,000 British and South African soldiers whos…
Cemetery in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Somme American Cemetery

In late September 1918, just six weeks before the end of WWI, American units – flanked by their British, Canadian and Australian allies – launched an assault on the Germans' heavily fortified Hindenburg Line. Some o…
Museum in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Musée Franco-Australien

Some 2400 Australian soldiers were killed or wounded in the April 1918 assault that wrested Villers-Bretonneux from German control. In the 1920s, Australian children donated funds to rebuild the town's primary schoo…
Museum in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Lens' 14-18 Museum

Housed in four black concrete cubes, this 2015-opened WWI museum provides an in-depth introduction to WWI on the Western Front. Over 300 extraordinary photos, carefully selected by historians from French, British an…
Memorial in Somme Battlefields & Memorials

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

This evocative memorial preserves part of the Western Front in the state it was in at fighting's end. The zigzag trench system, which still fills with mud in winter, is clearly visible, as are countless shell crater…