Due to the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19, and due to the French Government's advice on public spaces and institutions, we have taken the decision to close The CWGC Experience for the time being.
We apologise for any inconvenience.

The CWGC Experience

An extraordinary organisation, an extraordinary experience

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
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Whats on?

Plan your visit with our events calendar

Free admission

Booking required for large groups
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Beaurains, France

At the heart of the Western Front
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The CWGC Experience is a unique new visitor attraction that shines a light on the work of the remarkable organisation at the heart of remembrance of the war dead. For the first time, visitors will be able to take a look behind-the-scenes at the work that is needed to commemorate the 1.7 million Commonwealth casualties from the First and Second World Wars.

Our free audio guide will walk you through each aspect of the work we do: from the story of how we still recover and rebury the dead today, to the skilled artisan craftsmen at work maintaining the world's most impressive and recognisable monuments and memorials, a trip to the battlefields of the Western Front is not complete without a visit to the CWGC Experience.

The CWGC Experience was awarded the Best Tourism Project in Europe at the 2019 British Guild of Travel Writers’ International Tourism Awards. The BGTW is a community of accredited writers, photographers and broadcasters and the trusted body for independent editorial comment and expert content on worldwide travel.

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What will i see at the cwgc experience?

Upcoming events

Take at look at the events at The CWGC Experience in 2020:

Due to precautionary measures against Covid-19, all events are postponed until further notice. If you have a question or if you made a reservation, don't hesitate to contact The CWGC Experience team at cwgcexperience@cwgc.org

Download our events programme:

Our events programme is available to download in English and French:

Download in English Download in French

Examining a First World War helmet

Recovery and reburial

There are, on average, 40 discoveries of World War remains every year. This is one of the most vital areas of our work, and one of the most interesting. Our staff in France play an integral role in the recovery process, now you can see how it happens.

CWGC blacksmith at work

Masons, carpenters and blacksmiths

Between headstones, monuments, and memorials, the CWGC relies on a highly skilled team to produce the iconic sights you see at our cemeteries. Now you can get a first-hand look at some of our master craftsmen at work.

CWGC headstone under construction

Maintenance teams

Managing 23,000 sites worldwide requires a large, dedicated maintenance team. You’ll see some of the work our teams do on a daily basis and learn about some of the challenges they face day-to-day.

Explore nearby

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Located in the heart of the battlefields of the First World War, The CWGC Experience is an easy drive away from some of the most recognisable locations on the Western Front.

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

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Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery

Situated between two war cemeteries, one French and the other German, Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery lies south of the town of Souchez in France.

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Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

The Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge. Located north of Arras in France, this is Canada’s largest overseas National Memorial.

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Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916.

Learn more

CWGC Experience news

Keep up-to-date with the latest updates, news and events at the CWGC Experience.            

Visitor Information

Getting Here AND COACH BOOKINGS

The CWGC Experience is located just south of Arras in the heart of the First World War battlefields. The centre is only an hour from the channel ports and is easily reached by car (public parking is available on site). There are good rail links to Arras.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
5-7 rue Angele Richard
62217 Beaurains
France

cwgcexperience@cwgc.org

+33 (0)3 21 21 52 75



By car:

From Lille or Paris: direct access from the A1 motorway (exit 15) on to the D939.

From Calais: take the A26 to Saint-Quentin. Exit 7 to Arras-Centre on to the D917.

By train:

Eurostar from London to Lille with good connections from Lille to Arras. TGV from Paris to Arras.

By ferry/Channel Tunnel:

Ferry services to Calais, Le Shuttle service to Calais.

By air:

Lille airport in Lesquin or Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris.

Our opening times

Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

Closed at weekends, on French public holidays (12 July; 15 and 16 August & 1 November 2019) and during December and January for maintenance - the final day of operations will be Friday 29 November 2019.

2020 dates

The CWGC Experience will reopen to the public on Monday 3 February 2020, and will be closed on the following dates:

  • Friday 10 to Monday 13 April included (Easter weekend)
  • Friday 1st May (regular French bank holiday)
  • Friday 8th May (regular French bank holiday)
  • Monday 1st June (regular French bank holiday)
  • Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th July (Note: 14 July is a regular bank holiday but 13 July is not)
  • Friday 14th August (the regular French bank holiday is on the 15th)
  • Friday 30th October (the regular French bank holiday is on 1st November)

Please note: 21st May is a regular French bank holiday but we will be open on that day.

Facilities

Toilets, a gift shop and vending machines are available at the centre

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 cwgcexperience@cwgc.org or call us on +33 321215275.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Booking

Entry to the CWGC Experience is free and free parking is provided for all vehicles with fewer than 12 seats.
We have limited parking for larger vehicles and 12 seaters and above must book in advance of their visit. Please click here for more information.
A parking fee applies for larger vehicles.

  • Vehicles between 12 and 20 seats, 20 Euros
  • Vehicles with more than 20 seats, 50 Euros

Please note we are unable to accommodate larger vehicles without a booking. We want you to enjoy your experience with us, therefore booking in advance for large parties is required.

Coach Bookings

Are you planning to visit as part of a group? All coach bookings must be made in advance of your visit.