The battlefields of Gallipoli divide into the three regions that saw specific action on the land, namely Cape Helles, Anzac and Suvla Bay, and the naval actions.
Of the land locations, the Anzac area is definitely the most popular and most visited, being a focus for Australians, New Zealanders and the Turkish, for whom the heights of Chunuk Bair are symbolic of victory.
By comparison, Cape Helles receives fewer visitors, although the vast Turkish Martyrs Memorial at Eski Hissarlik point above Morto Bay again draws many Turkish tourists.
Suvla Bay is the most distant area from the major towns, and it is only accessible by taxi or private vehicle. Note that there are no facilities whatsover at Suvla.
Detailed maps with sub-sections for Cape Helles, Anzac, and Suvla Bay can be accessed by clicking the area you are interested in, to the right.
Visit guidance has been divided into battlefield locations, landing beaches, and cemeteries/ memorials. There are 31 Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemeteries on the peninsula and more than 50 Turkish cemeteries, graves and memorials. The latter will be listed on a separate page in due course.
Before travelling to locations on your own, we strongly recommend that you read the practical tips below.
A guide such as this can never be exhaustive. There are hundreds of locations at Gallipoli which hold special or minority interest and it is simply not possible to do justice to them all. Those that have been included are generally the more easily accessible.
At Cape Helles and Suvla Bay in particular, you will be visiting a rural area where facilities and communication are limited. The following common-sense arrangements are strongly recommended. Our best suggestion is that you join an organised tour – this will provide expertise and support as well as free time for exploration.
If you are visiting as a small group or on your own, then we further suggest the following:
A good guidebook to the location you are visiting is an excellent investment. Read the relevant section before you visit.
For in-depth research, contemporary maps, especially those that show trenches, are very useful. In many of the less-frequented parts of the peninsula, trenches can still be traced with ease. As well as overviews of the actions, try to look up personal diaries and accounts. Another excellent source for closer research are regimental diaries, or a synopsis such as ‘British regiments at Gallipoli’ by Roy Westlake.
Battle sites are often complicated, with successive actions having taken place over the same ground.Try to focus on a specific action, and where possible, follow the route of this to appreciate its detail. All over the Gallipoli peninsula, as indeed in many other places worldwide, there are military cemeteries. Even if you have no specific family connection with these, there may be particular graves or memorials you wish to see. There are many sources of information for these. In the UK for instance, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a free database of the WW1 and WW2 fallen and their location or memorial.
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