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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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Menenstraat | Poort gebouw, Ieper (Ypres) 8900, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I took my 13 year old son to the Menin Gate which is a World War 1 rememberance site. We stood and watched as the local police shut the main road and the local fire brigade played the last post as they have done every...More

Thank Gary C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is NOT for the faint hearted - you may think that seeing the names of the 54,896 soldiers with no known grave could be slightly unreal, you look around almost casually and then WHAM you see your own surname there and no-one can prepare...More

Thank Neil H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really sobering seeing all the names. Definitely stick around for the last post ceremony if you can.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s impressive to se how many names there are on the walls. The serenety is very nice on a beautiful sunny day. It’s nice that they include the history on a slate when you go up the stairs to the city walls.

Thank Jada R
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Go there well in time for a good spot. The silence during the last post is touching. We felt united and thankful that we can live in peace and freedom.

Thank IsabeldKD
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The experience of being at the Menin Gate gives so many emotions. Not just the buglers, not just the Ode of Remembrance, not just the endless names carved into the stone, but the whole experience of such an amzing and commemorative site. On the evening...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited this as part of a tour of the Flanders battlefields. Very sombre, moving experience when one realises the number of people killed and families effected by this terrible travesty.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Menin Gate sits in a prominent position in the town. Visitors are drawn to it in their thousands, and no visit to Ypres should be made without attending the service of remembrance which takes place every night at 8-00 pm at the Menin Gate....More

Thank Grandad69
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Had 2 nights in Ypres and went twice to the Last Post ceremony - very moving. On the 2nd night representatives of ANZAC laid wreaths and spoke (one in Maori, we believe). People were in tears.

Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The memorial is moving, special and a must see when in Ieper.. All the names of the fallen from the Common Wealth inscribed on the walls. Very moving!

Thank Wayne I
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Joan D
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Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
@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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Yes of course no problems.Sorry I took so long to reply x
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Response from Tom K | Reviewed this property |
ay be worth contacting the Royal British Legion in Maidstone,
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