Jewel of Northern France, Arras captivates visitors with its Flemish Baroque architecture, underground tunnels, and rich wartime history. Here, centuries-old traditions merge seamlessly with the vibrant present, promising an unforgettable experience. Read more

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Nestled in the heart of the Hauts-de-France region, Arras is a city that exudes historical charm and elegance. Its town squares, the Grand Place and Place des Héros, are adorned with ornate Flemish Baroque townhouses that harken back to its rich trading past. The squares frequently host markets, offering local produce and artisanal crafts.
Arras is particularly noted for its underground tunnels, the "Boves", which date back to the 10th century. These ancient quarries were used during World War I by British and Commonwealth soldiers as shelter from the relentless warfare above. The Wellington Quarry Museum gives a deep insight into the life of soldiers during the war.
The city's Gothic-style Town Hall and its belfry offer panoramic views of the town and surrounding landscapes, further solidifying Arras's status as a city of outstanding cultural significance.
From its ancient tunnels to its lively market squares, Arras offers a unique blend of history and vibrant modern life. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an art lover, or just looking for a charming French town to explore, Arras has something special to offer.

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Arras Belfry

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this historic belfry offers panoramic views of the city.

Wellington Quarry - Memorial of the Battle of Arras

Dive deep into the underground tunnels and learn about their pivotal role during WWI.

Saint Vaast Abbey

Now housing the Museum of Fine Arts, this former abbey showcases both religious artifacts and art masterpieces.

Arras Flying Services Memorial

A touching tribute to the British airmen who lost their lives during WWI.

Citadelle of Arras

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this fortress is a testament to the city's strategic importance.

Place des Héros

One of the two main squares in Arras, surrounded by beautiful Baroque buildings and the Town Hall.

The British Cemetery at Faubourg-d'Amiens

A solemn reminder of the heavy toll of WWI, where many Commonwealth soldiers are laid to rest.

The Cathedral of Arras

A beautiful example of Gothic architecture and an important religious site in the city.

Les Jardins de Séricourt

A short drive from Arras, these gardens are a visual treat and have been classified as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

Carrière Wellington Museum

Delve into the history of WWI and the role of the New Zealand tunneling company in the Battle of Arras.

What else to visit
In and around Arras

Lille (43.49 km)

Lille, a dynamic fusion of Flemish warmth and French elegance, stands as Northern France's vibrant cultural hub, where history intertwines with contemporary flair in a dance as lively as its market squares.

Kortrijk (69.42 km)

Nestled along the banks of the River Lys, Kortrijk, with its blend of medieval heritage and modern flair, offers a picturesque glimpse into Belgium's rich tapestry of history, culture, and artistry.

Kortrijk (69.42 km)

Nestled along the banks of the River Lys, Kortrijk, with its blend of medieval heritage and modern flair, offers a picturesque glimpse into Belgium's rich tapestry of history, culture, and artistry.

Bruges (107.61 km)

Known as the "Venice of the North", Bruges is a city that tells the story of medieval Europe. Its charming canals, lumpy roofs and cobbled streets will take you back in time.

Ghent (108.94 km)

Ghent, a mesmerizing blend of Gothic spires, medieval alleyways, and waterway reflections, captures the essence of Belgium's historical grandeur while pulsating with a youthful and contemporary spirit.

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