The CWGC Experience is a unique new visitor attraction that will shine a light on the work of the remarkable organisation at the heart of remembrance of the war dead. The CWGC Experience gives visitors a close and intimate look behind the scenes at the teams who still work painstakingly to care for the fallen.
The tour begins with an introductory film showing how the CWGC started, its missions, and how it has evolved over time. An adjoining gallery with historical photos reminds visitors of the early days of the organisation, with portraits of the founding father of the Commission Sir Fabian Ware as well as prominent figures who helped to shape what is now the CWGC.
Helped with an audio guide and thanks to an outdoor courtyard surrounded by our different workshops, visitors will be able to see how headstones are produced for all our sites worldwide, the traditional methods used both in the carpentry and the forge, a panel of some of the machinery and tools used for gardening, and a space dedicated to how we manage exhuming Commonwealth servicemen and organise the reburial ceremonies.
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.
What are the Opening Times?
February-November, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
What is the Entry Fee?
Free for individuals. A fee is applied for coaches above 12 seats (20€) as well as large coaches (50€)
Postcode and address?
7 rue Angèle Richard, 62217 Beaurains, France
Ipads set to the CWGC website in the hall
Audio or written Guides?
Audio guides + written information
Free guided tours in English every Friday morning for individuals. Groups may also ask for guided tours if we are warned in advance.
Food & Drink Facilities?
Vending machines and a water fountain
Facilities for families?
Push chair friendly
Visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing: a lot of information can be read on panels and windows.
Visitors who are blind or practically sighted: Staff on site to assist the visitors with sight impairment. Audio guides available.
Visitors with mobility impairments: wheelchair accessible (wide doors, no stairs)
Bus line N° 7 from Arras railway station running every half hour.
Free car park inside visitor centre grounds (about 10 slots), and two slots for coaches to be paid for.
You can find out more about the CWGC Experience by visiting their website here.