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Address: Villers-Bretonneux, France
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A Must for Aussies

Beautiful and solemn site, beautifully kept. Climb to the top of the tower for some great views not only of the cemetery but also the surrounding countryside.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Melbourne Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and solemn site, beautifully kept. Climb to the top of the tower for some great views not only of the cemetery but also the surrounding countryside.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Something every Australian must try and see in their lifetime. A very humbling experience as you reflect on the sacrifices which were made during WW1. Amazing to see after all this time how the French remain genuinely grateful in this beautiful part of France without all the usual commercialisation. Make sure you also visit nearby memorials such as that on... More 

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Saint-Ismier, France
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9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A very beautiful site, as are all of the cemetaries in this region. A climb to the top of the tower also gives you a panoramic view of the Picardy countryside. A recommended stop if you are doing the circuit of World War 1 battlesites and monuments

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This is an essential place for Aussie tourists to visit. There are lots of tombstones there and there is a list of names of the fallen soldiers on the wall towards the back of the memorial. You can search for your family name there. The town of Villers-Bretonneux is only a short drive from the memorial. You can grab something... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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146 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

A visit to this beautifully maintained memorial is a humbling yet strangely uplifting experience. It affords one an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice made here and at the same time, to recognize the heartfelt appreciation of a grateful French nation. The view from the top of the memorial, looking across the now peaceful battlefields, is a most striking... More 

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North Essex, U.K.
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We visited the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, with its Australian War Memorial, last week. It was the same but different. The weather was wild and windy, with strange light at times ... different to our first sunny/windy visit, a couple of years ago. There has been much improvement at the site and it is not quite finished yet. There was awkward... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We have been trying to do this for years, and finally managed to do a day trip from Paris. Really glad we did it. It is a very well maintained cemetery / memorial, and quite emotional to a pair of Aussies. We walked out from B-V (took about 20 minutes, we're slow walkers), after catching a local train from Amiens.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

In the middle of fields in Villers-Bretonnex is the Australian War Memorial which honours those who gave their lives during this important battle. The cemetery is well maintained. Take time to walk to the top of the tower and then wander through reading the headstones. You can record your visit in the visitor register kept on site. For Australians travelling... More 

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Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Beautiful memorial. I visited with a group of Australians, one of the group read a poem, another recited "Lest We Forget" another sang Waltzing Matilda. A very moving experience. They were all so young.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I wish I had all day to spend here and look at every name. This place is beautiful kept. They have done an outstanding job looking after it. The view from the tower is spectacular. This is well worth the visit. I will be coming back again when I can.

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