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“A humbling highlight of the trip”
Review of Vimy Memorial

Vimy Memorial
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US$287.96*
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9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or Lille
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Vimy
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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A humbling highlight of the trip”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Stunning memorial site. The preserved battlefield area, in particular, is brilliant and enables visitors to visit trenches, tunnels and shell craters and, in doing so, gain an exceptional insight into the First World War.
Allward's sculptures are magnificent and I was entirely captivated by the image of Mourning Canada.
The staff are superb and we left, having consolidated prior knowledge and gaining a fuller, deeper understanding of The Battle of Vimy Ridge.
All in all, incredibly poignant and definitely worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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“Moving”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

I've taught about the Battle of Vimy Ridge for years but I did not have a full understanding until I was standing there. This is a must see for Canadians or any person interested in battle history. It is moving to see the ridge and the scars the soil still has. The guided tour of the trenches and tunnels is a must. Fascinating place but yet it is somber and peaceful. Go first thing in the morning.

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A moving, emotional visit”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

What can we say, to see the trenches, the shell craters, the mounds of earth piiled high, it's moving how such a peaceful place now, was ravaged by war 100 years ago. To see the grounds that you can't still walk on due to explosives is just unbelievable. The cemetery which is so well kept and has so many unmarked graves is a somber and moving place. the Graves read an Unknown Soldier but Known to God !!
The memorial of the ridge is amazing with over 4000 soldiers names carved onto it. We even found some with our family name. Could they be relatives?
Whether a child or adult you should visit and remember those who gave their lives for us.

Visited August 2014
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“Memorial and Grange Tunnel are must-sees”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Firstly, there is no other memorial that compares to the Vimy monument. Thiepval comes close, but the grandeur and luminosity of Alward's sculptures are truly one-of-a-kind. It was designed to be both overwhelming and understated in its expression, having a towering appearance that also feels partly unfinished. It's beautiful and haunting simultaneously, which sets it apart in my opinion.

The Grange Tunnel tour, which is free and done every hour or so, is also a must-see. Cross your fingers it hasn't been too rainy because the chalk tunnels leak too much in those circumstances, and lightning means they are closed. And while the tour is a bit short and perhaps a little generic, it will appeal to non-specialists a great deal, and gives some insights into the fighting conditions of the time.

My chief complaint is that the site is rather sanitized, and an unvarnished look can be more revealing quite often. The trenches have been lined with concrete to preserve them, but that creates a mixed blessing: they remain, but they don't look right. In places where the craters and shell holes are still visible, you are often too far from them to get a good look (except at the trench lines), and the trees that have been planted to prevent erosion block the view of what the battlefield might actually have looked like.

It is a massive site, though, and is worth taking one's time to examine in detail. A good 2 hours is required, and more likely 3 if you want to watch the film or do the tours. A new welcome centre is scheduled to be opened for the 100 year anniversary of the battle, so expect more amenities and more information then. The staff were great, by the way: all Canadian students, perfectly bilingual, and more than informed enough to not leave me (a professional historian) doubting their abilities.

Visited August 2014
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Banff, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant place”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Very well done and very interesting a must visit place the memorial which is huge you can see it for miles around and it's in the middle the battlefield so very interesting, the museum and trenches are well kept and the area showing the craters and bomb blast holes very interesting to see

Visited August 2014
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