Belgium’s small size belies its enormous importance in international history. Although only formally recognised as an independent state under the 1839 Treaty of London, Belgium and its predecessors have played a pivotal role in the development of Europe and have also enjoyed a close relationship with Great Britain which stretches back to Matilda of Flanders. At Schools Into Europe we build on this tradition and offer a variety of school tour packages designed to engage with your exact learning objectives and keystage of your pupils.

Indeed, Belgium is today synonymous with the First World War, of which it was a key focal point, and is home to a wealth of museums, monuments and battlefields. Ever in remembrance of the sacrifices made between 1914 and 1918 by the Entente powers to protect the country’s neutrality, Belgium is the obvious choice for a First World War themed tour. Why not visit our First World War Battlefields page to learn more about our extensive battlefield programme?

Beyond the First World War, Belgium is a fascinating and varied destination for your next school trip and is characterised by its rich medieval and early modern and modern architectural heritage and by its unique sense of pan-European identity. From the vibrant cosmopolitanism of Brussels to the old-fashioned seaside delights of Nieuwpoort and the breath-taking splendour of Ghent, Belgium’s multifaceted appeal will delight teachers and pupils alike. Its close proximity to Great Britain and wholesome charm also make it a fun and safe destination for primary school trips, with the beach at Nieuwpoort a particular favourite among younger children. Why not contact us today for more information?

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