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Address: Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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This was a fantastic way to end a great day. The ceremony starts at 8:00, but people start gathering about 7:00. Go early for a front row spot or you may end up well back unable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We couldn't see, and the crowd around us was unruly and disrespectful, but I think if you arrive early and can tone-out the crowd this could be a very good experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a fantastic way to end a great day. The ceremony starts at 8:00, but people start gathering about 7:00. Go early for a front row spot or you may end up well back unable to see much. Even if your not on the front row, the sound of the buglers playing echoing through this enormous monument is very,... More 

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Plymouth UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were in Ypres to look at the new memorial to the Welsh involved in conflicts there. The ceremony takes place everyday and is well attended each time. Get there early if you wish to have a reasonable view. It is conducted with dignity and very professionally. There are some protocols to follow, like no applause after musical events. The... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting the battlefield cemetaries you can't not attend the wreath laying ceremonies at the Menin Gate in Ypres. they're conducted every evening at 20.00 without fail every day and are a marvel of precision and choreography. Apart from all that, it's a very moving ceremony anyway and it's lovely to see for whom this ceremony still means so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Worth a trip to Belgium just to experience this. Go early gets very crowded. Followed up next day with a tour of the Somme battlefield. Used Carl Ooche tour guide . Fantastic. Tel 475 81 06 08

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Berkshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Belgians of Ypres are very fond of the British and are all very grateful for what our soldiers did in the 14-18 War. One man even came up to me, a complete stranger, and thanked me. I was so moved that he and his countrymen care so much. The Ceremony is wonderful and not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect. It gets very busy so worth getting there early to get a good view. The ceremony takes place within the Menin Gate. The speaker tells the story of a different soldier each night. This really brings meaning to the ceremony. A male choir sang Abide with Me and after some wreath laying the bugle sounded.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Definitely worth staying in Ypres til 20:00. Moved by the whole ceremony. Disappointed by the people taking photos and filming during the minute silence.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The service conducted each evening is amazing given it has not lost its meaning nor support - especially Lepers affection for Australia over the decades since the end of World War 1. All of those that attended the service that I spoke to had come to seek out a relatives name on the wall of remembrance, visit a grave or... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I agree with those reviewers who have said that this ceremony seems to have become more of a tourist attraction than a solemn act of remembrance. However, in my opinion the solemnity of the occasion is marred not only by camera-wielding tourists but also by the behaviour of some of the local people. I got the impression from my visit... More 

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