Get Out!

Discover the Tales of Talbot House out on the battlefields of Flanders Fields during our package tours.

On pilgrimage with Tubby

Battlefield tour by car

Join the founding father of Talbot House, Rev. Philip 'Tubby' Clayton, in 1920 on a pilgrimage tour of the ravished Flemish countryside. During your visit to Talbot House, he invites you into his private chambers where his friends share countless anecdotes on the many battlefield tours he guided. A little while later, you are driving through the destroyed countryside of Flanders Fields as you browse through your own copy of Tubby's 1920 Battlefield Guidebook. Hear how veterans experienced their return to the former battlefields and join them on the cemeteries as they visit their friends' final resting place. Besides publishing a tour book, Tubby went a step beyond and had an old mine crater purchased which he transformed into a veritable Pool of Peace. At the Hooge Crater Museum, once a rebuild chapel and school, we walk through live size reconstructions of war scenes. In the next door atmospheric café, you can enjoy a delicious ploughman's lunch with a local beer. 

"The whole place is like the crater of a volcano, with the lava scarcely cool.

Into this your love thrusts you upon your sacred quest, that you may know at least where they have laid him rest"

Tubby Clayton

Practical:

Adults: € 36 p.p. / children: € 22.50 p.p.

Including:

  • Visit to the Talbot House Museum and a tablet story tour. Do go and see the documentary in Tubby's Room linked to this tour;
  • Copy of 'The Pilgrims Guide to the Ypres Salient, Talbot House 1920' as well as our own brochure with the information and route to follow. The tour includes stops at Ramparts Cemetery, St. George's Memorial Church, the Pool of Peace, Hooge Crater  Cemetery, etc. ; 
  • Visit to the Hooge Crater Museum and trenches, delicious ploughman's lunch and local beer or drink of your choice. For children an ice cream is added on;

 Optional:

  • Enjoy a traditional British breakfast before starting your busy day at Talbot House (+  €10 p.p., reductions available for children);
  • At Talbot House an adapted children's tablet tour is a available at no extra charge: 'Hide & Seek with Duchess!'. In this video tour children will have to help Arthur Pettifer find Duchess, the Talbot House cat. While searching in the House and garden, they will find out all about the history that still surrounds this place:
  • Allow one of our story tellers to accompany you on your tour through our historic House (+ € 40) or during your day out on the battlefields (+ €280);
  • The tour can also be conducted by bike.

A Heaven in Hell

Battlefield Tour by Car (available by mid 2021)

When Talbot House opened its doors in December 1915, its founding father Rev. Philip 'Tubby' Clayton soon came up with the idea of opening his own chapel. The old attic would be transformed in a piece of heaven for the soldiers who'd just returned from hell itself. As resources were scarce, they had to make do. Thus a carpenter's bench found in the stables at the back was used as an altar. Many other artefacts 'found' their way up to the Upper Room one way or another. Join Tubby and his Talbotousians through the 'slums' of Ypres as we follow the trail of these objects to the frontline. The trip starts at the final resting place of Gilbert Talbot who would give his name to our House. His original grave marker resides in our chapel still today. But also the bishop's seat, the oil lamp, a banner, a crucifix, chandeliers and even the old organ can trace their stories or origins back to the Salient.  We take lunch at the Hooge Crater Museum where life size reconstructions of war scenes are depicted. A visit to Talbot House of course can not pass without a cup of tea. We end the day by climbing the steep stairs to the Upper Room of Talbot House. In the Chapel, the stories of the day are united with the historic artefacts. 

Practical 

Adults: € 26 p.p. / children: € 22.50 p.p.

Including:

  • Visit to the Talbot House Museum, enjoy a cup of tea (of course!) and join in on a tablet story tour. Visit the authentic Chapel in the Upper Room;
  • Tour brochure with stories and route which will take you past sites such as Wieltje, Hooge, Transport Farm, Sanctuary Wood, etc. 
  • Visit to the Hooge Crater Museum and trenches, delicious ploughman's lunch and local beer or drink of your choice. For children an ice cream is added on;

Optional:

  • A copy of our collectors item 'The Upper Room - Memorial Book' with an overview of the artefacts of the Chapel (+ €55);
  • At Talbot House an adapted children's tablet tour is a available at no extra charge: 'Hide & Seek with Duchess!'. In this video tour children will have to help Arthur Pettifer find Duchess, the Talbot House cat. While searching in the House and garden, they will get to know all about the history that still surrounds this place;
  • Allow one of our story tellers to accompany you on your tour through our historic House (+ € 40) or during your day out on the battlefields (+ €280);
  • The tour can also be conducted by bike of course.

Padres and Monks

Cycle tour though the hop country of Poperinge (available by mid 2021)

Discover the Poperinge war history through the eyes of the amusing padre of Talbot House. After a strong English breakfast, served by our resident wardens, you can discover the authentic soldier's club. Find out all sorts of funny and more serious anecdotes before climbing the steep staircase into the Upper Room. In the chapel, you can almost imagine this was heaven for the soldiers. But the stories don't finish at the front door. 

By bike we discover the Poperinge history from the war years which lies hidden between the majestic hop fields. We make a few stops at local cemeteries, idyllic forests and even an impressive chateau. Each time, the Talbotousians lead the way as they share lots of stories with us. But the monks of the famous St Sixtus Abbey in West-Vleteren have quite a few tales to tell as well, not to mention their world famous trappist beer. From all that cycling, you get hungry. Luckily we provide a wonderful Westhoek picnic on site with delicious local products.

Practical

Adults: € 38 p.p. / children: € 25 p.p.

Including:

  • Enjoy a traditional English breakfast before starting your busy day at Talbot House;
  • Visit to the Talbot House Museum, enjoy a cup of tea (of course!) and join in on a tablet story tour. Visit the new permanent expo 'A House of People' where you'll be introduced to many stories you'll also encounter during your cycling tour;
  • Tour brochure with stories and the route which will take you past sites such as De Lovie, St Sixtus, Lijssenthoek, etc.;
  • A delicious Westhoek picnic with lots of local produce such as 2 local cheeses, French bread, 3 types of meat straight from the farm, fresh dairy yoghurt, a selection of fruit & vegetables, custard, etc. .
Optional:
  • At Talbot House an adapted children's tablet tour is a available at no extra charge: 'Hide & Seek with Duchess!'. In this video tour children get to help Arthur Pettifer find Duchess, the Talbot House cat. While searching in the House and garden, they will get to know all about the history that still surrounds this place;
  • Allow one of our story tellers to accompany you on your tour through our historic House (+ € 40) or during your day out on the battlefields (+ €280);
  • Renting bicycles is possible from 12 EUR per bike onwards. Tandems and electric bikes are available as well.

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