Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater, Ovillers-la-Boisselle: Hours, Address, Lochnagar Crater Reviews: 4.5/5

Lochnagar Crater
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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A well preserved mine crater from the first world war. A boardwalk allows you to walk around, information panels tell the story. Follow signs 'La grand mine' from La Boisselle. On road parking just before crater. Sat-navs may direct you down tracks, take care.
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia38,948 contributions
Sep 2019
The Lochnagar Crater is a huge hole in the ground. However this is of great historical significance. A group of British engineers dug a tunnel under the area and explosives were placed there to be exploded on the first of July, 1916. This spot was occupied at the time by German troops. This was the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Crater was named after Lochnagar Street where the entrance to the tunnel was opened. The explosion left a hole 30 metres deep by 100 metres wide. The site is under private ownership but free to visit. The private owner also installed a large Memorial Cross on site. The site has fortunately been preserved as a memorial and a service is held there on the first of July every year. The area is quite unstable due to its nature and history but visitors do not seem to mind too much. There are warning signs around the site. It is worth visiting as it is a reminder of the horrors of war.
Written August 31, 2020
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eloorg
Hampshire, UK509 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Lochnager Crater is where the allies placed 2 double decker bus' worth of ammunition under a German trench and blew it up during World War One.

The site is a reminder of the horrors of the war and also helps you to understand one of the key events in the war and how ammunition was an important weapon.

If you are in the area, this site is a must - visit, as it really gives an insight into the history of World War One.
Written February 22, 2020
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Hayley030267
Durham, UK94 contributions
Jun 2019
Please don't miss this memorial out. The individual and personal accounts of the soldiers and medics is very emotional and to read their experiences is so humbling
Written June 22, 2019
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TonyMooreUK
Middlesbrough, UK19 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
This is one of those places you have to visit yourself as no amount of photos or verbal description could go anywhere near to the feeling you have standing on the edge looking across to the far side.

An excellent site, well looked after and preserved.

Visiting Tip: visit as early in the day as you can to miss the coach trippers later in the day. We were there at 9:30am and spent the best part of a hour there and didn't see another person. Also going early garenteed a parking spot as they are in short supply owing to an irate local farmer digging up most of the car park!
Written July 31, 2014
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andy l
Nottingham, UK4 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
Why put soldiers names in the wooden walkway?? This crater is a telling memorial to the Germans who died on 1/07/1916 during the explosion-it is NOT a British memorial and should not be presented as such.
Written May 4, 2014
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AngusWBA
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK42 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was just a short walk from where we stayed (Number Fifty6) to Lochnager Mine Crater.

Definitely worth a visit whilst touring the Somme Battlefields and Ovillers-la-Boisselle. A great piece of history from the Great War....
Written February 27, 2020
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Ness W
Sittingbourne, UK256 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Most people don’t know it’s there !! But just off the motorway tucked away is this enormous crater !!!
The weather wasn’t good on the day we went which made this place more poignant .
There is parking available by the site, and benches to sit down.
Written February 3, 2020
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B0bTraveler
Orange, CA188 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I saw this as part of a tour group of World War I battlefields & memorials. The short version of the story is that the Allies painstakingly dug a hole beneath German positions, filled it with explosives, & blew who knows how many people into atoms. Over 100 years later, the hole is still there. I suspect it will be there in another 200 years or more. There is a boardwalk around it. The planks on the boardwalk have little commemorative plaques that families have purchased, naming someone killed in that senseless war. There was a guy operating a food truck nearby. He was also selling spent shell casings supposedly found in the ground, but a person might not be able to get those onto an airplane for a trip home.
Written July 16, 2019
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Leanne W
50 contributions
Jun 2019
So peaceful now, but all those years ago, a terrible,sad and tragic event took place. To walk to the crater , then down into it, is well worth the trip .
Thoroughly recommend a visit.
Written July 11, 2019
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Jaymiller
Kingswinford, UK76 contributions
Jun 2019
We went late afternoon so we missed the coach parties. There are a number of very informative displays and some welcome seating areas. Well worth a visit.
Written June 10, 2019
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