The Lochnagar Crater is an extraordinary place. Not only was it significant in the opening of the Battle of the Somme but its unique blend of evocative atmosphere, accessibility and the thoughtful care for our appreciative visitors, has guaranteed that many return time and time again.
The Crater today

Today the Lochnagar Crater has been preserved as a memorial to all the men and women of all nations who suffered in the Great War and now has in excess of 200,000 visits a year, many of them British and French schoolchildren.

In 1986 a large cross of medieval wood was erected close to the lip. It was made with roof timbers from an abandoned, deconsecrated church close to Durham – most likely a church used by some of the soldiers from Tyneside who themselves fell at Lochnagar.

On the anniversary on July 1st, a remembrance ceremony is held, starting at 7.28am – the exact time of the explosion. Lasting about an hour, with around 75 wreaths being laid, it is often attended by up to 1,000 people. Should you wish to attend please click on this link to find out more.

Visitor Information

Head for the village of La Boisselle which is on the D929 between the town of Albert and the village of Pozières. On arrival at La Boisselle look out for the signs to La Grande Mine.

Lochnagar Labyrinth

The 20 ‘Labyrinth’ panels lead visitors on an emotional journey around the Crater. They relate the story of the Crater itself and the experiences of some of the men who suffered in the battle.

Lochnagar Memorials

The Lochnagar Crater is pleased to be host to several unique memorials from a diverse range of causes. We are proud to offer pilgrims a place to pause and reflect in a now peaceful setting.

Schools & Educational Visits

Over recent years, the inclusion of the First World War in the secondary schools syllabus has encouraged an increasing number of school visits to The Lochnagar Crater.


The Lochnagar Crater is remarkable for many reasons and to this day it is the largest crater ever made by man in anger. At the time it was, and remains still, a truly awe-inspiring and powerfully evocative sight.