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Menin Gate Memorial

Menenstraat | Poort gebouw, Ieper (Ypres) 8900, Belgium
+32 57 23 92 20
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Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). The YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927. Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Menenstraat | Poort gebouw, Ieper (Ypres) 8900, Belgium
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This is a beautiful town but at a cost of so many lives in the great war, so it is fitting and welcomed that local men continue this moving tradition of playing the last post every day.

Thank John C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Impossible to review, simply tearful. The names on the monument seem almost endless. An eery place which is apt.

Thank Sean D
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A visit to Ieper is not complete without walking through the Menin Gate Memorial. It is a sombre and fitting tribute to the 54,000+ soldiers who lost their lives and have no known grave on the Western Front. Take some time to look at the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

As are most war memorials this one is very moving. Every night at 8pm the road is shut, last post played and wreaths laid. Arrive early to get a good view. The local people are very friendly and welcoming. Its worth trying some of the...More

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm not sure how you review a war memorial - the architecture is interesting of course, but the interest doesn't lie there. This memorial is far larger than any photo will ever do justice, with names upon names hiding around every corner. Definitely worth visiting...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Memorial Arch contains the names of nearly 55,000 soldiers whose final resting-place is "known unto God". Of these, 6,940 are Canadians. The gate is one of the most impressive WW1 memorials.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were in Ypres for a day, and visited the Menin Gate during the day and again at 2000hrs for the Last Post Ceremony. I would recommend you also do both, as both very different. Our visit was at the 100 days remembrance, so was...More

Thank aliol
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Reviewed 5 days ago

As well as visiting the site during the day, please also take time to attend the Last Post at 20:00, it ties the whole visit together

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went here as part of the RBL GP90 tour to mark the centenary of the start of the last 100 days of World War One. Over 2200 representatives from across the U.K. and other countries attended to parade their standards and to lay wreaths at...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really amazingly done. Recommend going about 7pm to have a look around followed by the last post ceremony at 8pm.

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@Joan D, there’s plenty of places to purchase such items not far from the Menin Gate but there’s also a Legions store right by the entrance, hope this helps you & enjoy your tour, but I’ll warn you in advance it’s very... More
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