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Villers-Bretonneux Tours

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Villers-Bretonneux
For history buffs interested in World War I and Australia’s role in the conflict, Villers-Bretonneux is a must. Home to the Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum, this town in France’s Somme is an important stop on the Australian Remembrance Trail of the Western Front. 

The Basics
Learn more about Australia’s war efforts in France, and pay your respects to the thousands of soldiers who died there. The Australian National Memorial commemorates April 24, 1918—the day Australian troops pushed back against the Germans—and lists more than 10,000 WWI soldiers for whom there’s no grave. Situated in the historic Victoria School, the Franco-Australian Museum (Musée Franco-Australien) is dedicated to telling the story of how the Australian Imperial Forces stopped the advance of the German troops toward Amiens.

Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day (Anzac Day) events are held each year on April 25 in the memorial and surrounding cemetery. Most tours of WWI battlefields in the Somme and throughout France include Villers-Bretonneux.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The memorial and cemetery are outside, so dress for the weather.
  • The Australian National Memorial and Franco-Australian Museum are accessible to wheelchairs, but not all WWI-related sites are. Confirm beforehand. 
 
How to Get There
Located just east of Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux can be reached by train from Amiens and Paris. From the Villers-Bretonneux train station, walk the short distance to the Franco-Australian Museum, or take a taxi to the Australian National Memorial.

When to Get There
The Australian National Memorial and cemetery are outdoors and have an observation tower that closes in inclement weather—if possible, visit on a clear day with mild temperatures. The Franco-Australian Museum is typically open daily year-round except the last week of December and the first week of January.

World War I Sites in the Somme
The Battle of the Somme was the largest on the Western Front and one of the bloodiest in history. The area is thick with sites commemorating the war, such as the Delville Wood Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 5,500 soldiers; the Lochnagar mine crater; the memorial dedicated to missing British soldiers in Thiepval; the battlefields and trenches of the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial; and the WWI museum in Péronne.
Address: Villers-Bretonneux, France
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