Beaumont-Hamel Neufundland-Denkmal
Beaumont-Hamel Neufundland-Denkmal

Beaumont-Hamel Neufundland-Denkmal

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Rue de l’Église, Auchonvillers, Hauts-de-France, 80300

The basics

On July 1, 1916—the first day of the Battle of the Somme—the 1st Battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment met German troops at Beaumont-Hamel. The bloody, ill-fated conflict saw the regiment virtually wiped out. Today, the memorial is one of the few places on the Western Front where a battlefield—complete with trenches and no man’s land—has been preserved. Instantly recognizable for its statue of a caribou (carved by sculptor Basil Gotto).

Flanked by Newfoundland trees, the site also features a visitor center and three cemeteries: Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No. 2, Hunters Cemetery, and Y Ravine Cemetery. A number of tours dedicated to WWI landmarks visit the memorial and make exploring easy.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is free for all to visit, and no tickets are required.

  • Visits to Beaumont-Hamel are primarily self-led, though student guides also host free tours of the memorial departing every hour on the hour during the summer high season.

  • Bathrooms are on-site but there are no vending machines or food facilities; eat in advance or bring your own food and drinks.

  • While guide dogs are permitted at the memorial, pets are prohibited.

  • As the bulk of the memorial is outside, come prepared with sun protection in the summer, and warm layers and waterproof gear in the winter.

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How to get there

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is located off the D6, 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) from Auchonvillers, 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Amiens, 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Arras, and 93 miles (150 kilometers) from Paris. While public transport doesn’t serve the area, free parking is offered on-site, and guided tours make exploring simpler.

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When to get there

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is open year-round. During its summer hours, from April–September, the site’s visitor center is open from noon until evening on Mondays and morning until evening the rest of the week. During the October–March low season, the visitor center has slightly reduced hours. Note that the visitor center is closed annually from mid-December to early February, but it’s still possible to see other parts of the memorial then.

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How to visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial

The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is one of two Canadian National Historic Sites located outside of Canada. The other is the Canadian National Vimy Memorial: Positioned on the highest point of Vimy Ridge, it is a monument to all Canadians who served during World War I. The memorial is less than an hour by car from Beaumont-Hamel, and the two can be visited during the same trip.

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