Ieper Information Centre

Visit CWGC in the historic town of Ieper, belgium

Early closure of Ieper Information Centre

Owing to the recent changes to the restrictions surrounding Covid-19 in Belgium, we have taken the decision to close our Information Centre slightly earlier this year on 4 November 2020.

As usual, it will remain closed over the winter months and we aim to reopen as expected at the beginning of February next year, provided it is safe and permitted to do so.

 

What is the CWGC Ieper Information Centre?

The CWGC Ieper Information Centre is located in the town of Ieper, West Flanders, an area that saw intense fighting throughout the First World War. We’re based only metres from one of the CWGC's most iconic memorials, the Menin Gate.

Drop in and our friendly team will help you find out more about CWGC’s local sites, undertake research on the CWGC database or answer questions you may have about our work. You can also pick up a souvenir from the CWGC shop or join our membership scheme.

VISIT OUR LEGO MENIN GATE

Visit the Ieper Information Centre to see our LEGO Menin Gate. Located just down the road from the full-sized version, our model is a must-see when visiting the town of Ieper.

It's is a custom model that took six months to complete and is made of 54,000 LEGO bricks - one for every name on the memorial.

It’s made from completely standard bricks, except of the engraved panels displaying the memorial's inscription.

There are 250 LEGO figurines depicted attending the Last Post ceremony.

Welcome to Ieper

Our opening times

The Ieper Information Centre is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, 1pm to 9pm. On Friday and Saturdays 10am to 9pm.

The centre is closed for maintenance from mid-December until re-opening the first week of February.

On significant days when specific important historical events are commemorated, extended opening hours are possible.

Facilities

A gift shop is available at the centre. There is a multi-language service available, offering information and brochures about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the numerous sites to visit in the area.

You can also freely access our casualty database via iPad to help you find the location of graves of your interest.

Accessibility

We are committed to providing an accessible attraction, and we strive to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy as much of our centre as possible. If you have any questions, or to arrange any additional support for your visit please email enquiries@cwgc.org or call us on +44 (0) 1628 507200. Our Ieper Information Centre is reachable during opening hours on +32 57 35 27 91.

Booking

No booking is required.

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GETTING HERE

Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Ieper Information Centre is located in the heart of Ieper, only meters from the Menin Gate and close to the First World War battlefields.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ieper Information Centre

Menenstraat 33

8900 Ieper,

Belgium

By car:

From Lille: take the A25 to exit 13 and join the D948.

From Calais: take the A16 to Dunkirk and Lille and pick up the Lille route.

By train:

Eurostar from London to Lille or Brussels. From Brussels, trains run hourly to Ypres with a change in trains in Ghent. From Lille Europe you would need to change stations to Lille Flanders (by foot) and change trains as well in Kortrijk.

By ferry/Channel Tunnel:

Ferry services to Calais, Le Shuttle service to Calais.

By air:

Lille airport in Lesquin or Brussels International.

Explore nearby

The town of Ieper is synonymous with the First World War. As such, The CWGC Ieper Information Centre is the perfect starting point when visiting any of the cemeteries and memorials that commemorate those that fell during the First World War.

Download our map and visit some of the key cemeteries and memorials in Belgium.

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The Ypres Menin Gate Memorial

The iconic monument stands in the town of Ieper and holds over 54,000 names.

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Tyne Cot Memorial

It bears the names of 35,000 men of the British and New Zealand forces who have no known grave

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