Menin Gate Memorial
Menin Gate Memorial
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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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  • Jan B
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recent visit to Menin Gate and Ypres
    We were advised by friends to attend the 8pm memorial service, which we did. We were extremely moved by the level of respect the people of Ypres show every night at 8pm. It brought tears to our eyes, it was very respectful. We spoke to one of the organisers after and they have been holding this service since 1928, apart from the 2nd World War when the Germans took over Belgium. Really impressed with Ypres and the architecture. Great visit and well done to the people of Ypres.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • EdK59
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom1,048 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Menin Gate Memorial Service every night at 8.00pm.
    A moving ceremony 'The Last Post' is a definite for anyone visiting and staying in Ypres. It takes place every night at 8.00pm. A solemn reminder of the futility of warm, but also remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 8, 2023
  • JayWestYy
    Leeds, United Kingdom555 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
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    An amazing and emotional place when they play the last post at 8pm every night . Get there early as it does get very busy and also hope you don’t get a rowdy school group which can happen and spoil the ambiance. We were lucky to see a lone Scottish serviceman also play the bagpipes at an extended event this week. Unfortunately the gate itself is under reconstruction so you can’t see it through the scaffolding. However a must visit if you are on the battlefields tour.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 25, 2023
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JayWestYy
Leeds, UK555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
An amazing and emotional place when they play the last post at 8pm every night . Get there early as it does get very busy and also hope you don’t get a rowdy school group which can happen and spoil the ambiance. We were lucky to see a lone Scottish serviceman also play the bagpipes at an extended event this week. Unfortunately the gate itself is under reconstruction so you can’t see it through the scaffolding. However a must visit if you are on the battlefields tour.
Written October 25, 2023
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Canada27
Tecumseh, Canada573 contributions
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Jul 2022
I've been fortunate to attend the Last Post here on several occasions and every time is a rewarding experience. No two ceremonies appear to be the same, even on back-to-back nights. You can't help but respect a society who honours those who fell defending this city on a nightly basis. This year, I had the good fortune of laying a wreath, which took the experience to a whole new level.

The structure itself is breathtaking. From the engraved walls to the beautiful architecture. Quiet easily one of my most favourite places on Earth (and I have no direct connection to it, other than an interest in the war itself). This is a must visit if you're in Ypres. Tip: Come back at night when it's lit up in all its glory.
Written September 3, 2022
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Jan B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were advised by friends to attend the 8pm memorial service, which we did. We were extremely moved by the level of respect the people of Ypres show every night at 8pm. It brought tears to our eyes, it was very respectful. We spoke to one of the organisers after and they have been holding this service since 1928, apart from the 2nd World War when the Germans took over Belgium. Really impressed with Ypres and the architecture. Great visit and well done to the people of Ypres.
Written July 22, 2023
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,813 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a major site to commemorate the huge loss of WWI. Every evening at 8pm, a bugler plays the last post and it is very moving.
Unfortunately, the complete structure is covered in scaffolding & tarpaulins for what I am sure is essential maintenance & restoration work. As a result the ceremony takes place underneath the gate and it becomes extremely crowded which somewhat makes the experience not as good as to when the renovation is completed.
Will return once renovations are complete.
Written June 4, 2024
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK1,154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Following our visit to Tyn Cott Cemetery we went into Ypres . Entering the town stands the Menin Gate a monument that lists over 54,000 servicemen who died and are stilling missing. The names are inscribed on stone panels inside the memorial . We read that every evening at 8 pm the last post is sounded.
Written June 4, 2022
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conrad57
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium988 contributions
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Apr 2020
During Covid19 soft lock down period spring 2020 there were as good as none visitors to the Menin Gate Memorial. The beauty of it's architecture and it's commemorative value was even more impressive than in normal circumstances. How impressive; a signature of British presence, suffering and endeavours during WW1 in the city of Ypres and around in the Salient.
Written June 15, 2020
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LanceSmallshaw
La Hulpe, Belgium182 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Solo
Another opportunity to visit the Menin Gate while staying in Ypres again. The 8pm ceremony by the last post association is always full with all ages. The meeting point before and after is a super family owned bar next to the Ypres Inn over the road next to it called the OL or Owl. The feel and sense of respect of the place continues to ring through the ages. Everyone must visit it once in their lives I have been to do it more often.
Written April 18, 2022
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Allister16
Wigan, UK283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Firstly the town of Ypres is such a beautiful place you will love it. We stayed there for two days to explore the town and visit the Menin Gate and whiteness the last post ceremony which takes place every night. Truly moving and what a beautiful memorial to the missing. I will never forget it.
Written August 17, 2020
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EdK59
Sevenoaks, UK1,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A moving ceremony 'The Last Post' is a definite for anyone visiting and staying in Ypres. It takes place every night at 8.00pm. A solemn reminder of the futility of warm, but also remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Written October 8, 2023
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ybsae
Stockton-on-Tees, UK515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
So many names, all unidentified or never found. Hits home when you see the lists and lists and lists of fallen young men. So sad. People from many nations were perusing the names while we were there. A special place.
Written August 14, 2022
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