Pals on the Somme

About the tour: Pals on the Somme

Tour Introduction

At the beginning of WW1, many towns and cities across Great Britain raised Pals battalions, men who had enlisted together in local recruitment drives under the promise that they would be able to serve alongside their friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Join us on this unique tour as we follow in the footsteps on the Pals on the Somme and pay our respects to those who fought and fell on the battlefields. We'll travel to Gommecourt, Serre, Thiepval and examine the Somme following the Pals of many of the UK's towns and cities.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Amiens where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Gommecourt & Serre

We start our tour in the northern part of the battlefield at Gommecourt, examining the Territorial soldiers from London and the Midlands.

The territorials were, in many ways, the original Pals and helped create the Pals phenomena in 1914. We visit the battlefield around Gommecourt, and also see the memorial to the Bradford Pals who served in this area in 1916.

After lunch, we will spend an entire afternoon looking at the battlefield at Serre, where the Pals were “two years in the making, 10 minutes in the destruction” in the Battle of the Somme. Here we see where the Accrington, Barnsley, Bradford, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield Pals fought on 1st July 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

We see the various memorials to the Pals battalions, visit the remains of trenches in the Sheffield Memorial Park and the battlefield cemeteries where their dead are buried.

Included meals: Breakfast


Serre (4)

Key Visits

  • Serre
  • Sheffield Memorial Park, Serre
  • Gommecourt

Day 3 - Thiepval & Lochnagar Crater

We start our day at the Thiepval Memorial, which commemorates many Pals who fell on the Somme. We take time to see the museum and visitors centre, then look at the attack on Thiepval involving the men of the Newcastle Commercials and Salford Pals.

We then look at the locally raised units of Northern Ireland that were part of the 36th (Ulster) Division, seeing the Ulster Tower and Thiepval Wood.

After lunch we then follow the story of the Tyneside Irish and Scottish Pals at La Boisselle, seeing their memorial and visiting the Lochnagar Crater, as well as seeing the memorial to the McCrae’s Battalion at Contalmaison.

We end the day at the Devonshire Cemetery, where we see the graves of Pals from Devon who were all buried together after the 1st July, and look at the battlefield from where the German machine guns were firing.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ulster Tower

Ulster Tower (5)

Key Visits

  • Ulster Tower
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Lochnagar Crater Memorial
  • Devonshire Cemetery

Day 4 - The Somme

Today, we return to the Somme and examine the story of the Liverpool and Manchester Pals at Montauban, Trones Wood and Guillemont. We then look at the Pals Battalions who fought in Delville Wood.

After lunch in Albert, we have time to see the war museum before visiting Mametz Wood, where we examine the battalions from Wales. We will see their Red Dragon memorial, and the battlefield around High Wood. We then move on to look at the end of the Battle of the Somme, which also brought an end to the Pals Battalions, who fought there in 1916.

Included meals: Breakfast

Welsh Memorial Mametz Wood

Welsh Memorial, Mametz Wood (4)

Key Visits

  • Delville Wood
  • Welsh Memorial, Mametz Wood
  • High Wood
  • Montauban
  • Trones Wood
  • Guillemont

Day 5

Return Home

Included meals: Breakfast


Thiepval Memorial is undergoing major restoration work from March 2020 through to 2021. We will still be visiting Thiepval Memorial during your tour but various parts of the structure will be inaccessible. Visitors wishing to see relatives’ names, will be able view the relevant panels via a new digital exhibition. The exhibition will also feature some of the casualties commemorated and the wider work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Amiens Centre Cathedrale. The hotel is situated only five minutes' walk from the heart of the city with its bars and restaurants.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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