Arras Travel Guide

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    Place des Héros
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Arras Highlights

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     Beautiful architecture. 

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     Sorry: not found only one 

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     Very Easy to get to from Paris.. even a day trip 

Arras Things to Do

  • Les Places (5) Specials

    Les places: the marquets Many establishments (shops, bars and cafes ...) have their facades decorated with panels. All different, they reinforce the atmosphere from squares and give a distinct character to the arcades. ---oooOOOooo--- De nombreux établissements (magasins, bars et cafés ...) ont leurs facades agrémentées de panneaux.Tous...

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  • Let's go for a walk

    Let's go for a walk A little away from the city center, in the neighborhood of the citadel, several routes you will discover the surrounding countryside. I spotted two paths during my visit: The first has a length of 8 km and take 2:30 hours walk. It is mainly focused on the gardens and monuments. The second will take a good half-day (4:30 hours...

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  • The Belfry (2)

    The BelfrySymbol of the city liberty, the belfry was also employed as a watching fire tower and clock tower .The Imperial crown at the summit is those of Charles Emperor who was the king of the Netherlands. Indeed, Arras was the capital of the Artois and was linked with the Netherlands then (great part of Belgium and North France also)In 1914 was...

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  • Les Places (4)

    Les places: the marketsAl around the PLaces (principaly on place des Heros, the little one) you find shops and caffes.For eating and drinking, there is not any problem.Some are situated in cellar. They are very big al around. In 1914 was made place for plenty of soldiers, with hospital and infirmery...Local name for the cellars : Les Boves.Tourist...

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  • Musée des Beaux-Arts

    The Fine Arts Museum of Arras is located inside the abbaye de Saint-Vaast. It shows the history of the town from the Gallo-Roman period to the 19th century.The opening times are: 9.30-12 and14-17.30; on Thursdays 9.30-17.30. Close on Tuesdays.

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  • Beaux arts Museum.

    The Beaux-Arts MuseumThe museum shows differents collections: Archeology, Middle age, peint: most "important" are french , flamich and holland ones. Important collections ceramiques. Fame name are Eugene Delacroix, Guérin, Dutilleux, Corot and J Breton.The museum is located in the old abbey palace (1746-1783)Every day open from 9.30 til 12.00 am...

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  • Place des Heros & Grand Place

    It dates back to the 11th century with 1600s Flemish-Baroque houses. Look out for their sandstone columns unique in France. The Gothic hotel, Hotel de Ville and the town hall was destroyed during WWI but was rebuilt after the war. You can take the lift to the top of the 75m belfry to have a view of Arras. It will cost about 2.30 euros for adult and...

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  • Carriere Wellington

    A superb museum opened recently made in the tunnels under Arras occupied by the Allies during WW1.The tour is led and using audiovisual and other modern devices tells the story of their lives in the tunnels and the subsequent attack on the German lines that was the turning point on this part of the Western...

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  • Wellington Quarry Museum

    Memorial to Battle of Arras 9 april 1917During the middle ages, these quarries were used to obtain linestone, chalk for buildings in Arras. Starting around the 15th century, abandoned in the 19th century. Resurrected in 1916. In One week in 1917 used to launch the assault on the Germans and that may have sealed the fate of the Germans.24 000...

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  • An other castle: Bours

    Bours Castle Proud, indestructible, a such guard it takes care on this beautiful village, nested in his bosky bower. That stories it could tell us, crossing the fury of the men and time... Guided tours for the groups on go. The guided tours are free, they last of 1 hour with 1h15. ---oooOOOooo---Fier, indestructible à l'ombre des arbres centenaire...

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  • Gauchin-Legal: legend !!!!!!!!!!

    Gauchin-Le-GalThe “gal” is an ovoid sandstone of form attached by a chain to a borne Le Gal to Gauchin to the center of the village. According to the legend, it was going formerly to strike the night with the door of the husbands misled. This is why an American officer Henry Selden Bacon, amused by this history, estimated that this gal had too much...

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  • Les Places (3)

    Les places: the marquetsThe flamisch baroque style where preserved when after WWI, the reconstrution was begin in 1920. Only some houses where preserved from the bombs. Also the oldest one: from 1467 and situeted on number 49 from the grand Place. This is the only one who has en other facade (see the pic)It is an hotel today.

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  • Les Places (2)

    Les places: the marquetsThe 2 markets be same 17.000 m2. In XVIth century the sherif decide the rules of urbanisme. But the fact that those rules goes on more than 200 years give the succesful result that you can see today.---oooOOOooo--- Les deux places ont ensemble une superficie de 17000 m2. Au 15ème siècle on décide des règles d'urbanisme. Mais...

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  • "Les Places"

    Les places: the marquetsThe place Des Heros and de Grand Place hare twoo marked in city center who's are an unique and amazing view: al the houses are so perfect build in the same style. The gallery's with al those colums, the facades, the way how the roof are build, and more and more ... make that you go back at the end of the 16th century. It's a...

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  • The city-hal

    The city hal The construction is from 1502 to 1506 is gothic but the south side is from 1572 and is renaissance.The north face is Napoleon III style. Inside you can see the pics from WW I. Betweem 1914 and 1918 was Arras in the center of the horror. There was no many houses standing up in al the city. You see also the symbol of traditional foklore...

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  • The "Beffroi"

    The Belfry The belfry and city hall was destroyed in WW one. From 1924 to 1932 rebuilt in the old style outside.Inside is it more medieval but they used to much cement for me part.The façade is Gothic and one part of the side is renaissance original. The belfry out 1463 to 1554 by Architect Jacques le Caron is one of the known in the country and...

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  • Statue of Neptunus.

    Arras We came into Arras after a long walk, a little bit tired but happy to have see so much during our first day there. This is the first monument we saw when we arrived in Arras: a statue of Neptune, god of the seas ---oooOOOooo--- Nous sommes arrivés à Arras fatigués après une longue marche. Nous étions heureux d'avoir tant découvert durant...

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  • Sint Bertille chaptel.

    Vault Bertille-Saint She is situated on the (here) little Scarpe river. There is a little chapel where once a year pilgrims come to the spring behind the chapel. She's known from the 8 century for heal eye sick. Around you have nice landscape along the water with Sunday fishers, and also a watermill ---oooOOOooo--- Elle est située sur la rivière...

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Arras Restaurants

  • our best adress in Arras

    Le Brussel's Cafe We take our diner outside. With the view on the amazing Grand Place.The meat was delicious, the server was very funny; the wine was good and we paid a tinny price. Nous avons pris le diner à la terrasse avec une vue imprenable sur les magnifiques places.La viande était succulente , et le serveur maniait l'humour comme un...

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  • Simply and cheap but with good...

    CAFE LEFFE Un café Belge en France qui combine les qualités des 2 pays.Les prix tout à fait corrects: Un faux-filet à 11 euro ! servit avec frittes et sauce au poivre. Et les glaces en dessert toutes à 5 euro (bien servies)Le prix des bières est tout à fait correct pour la France: 3,20 euro pour une Leffe bien fraiche. Et 1/2 litre de Bordeaux vous...

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  • If you are hungry ?

    Cafe de l'AbbayeWe take only our picnic on the pavement. But for eating little snacks you have great choise.You best reserved.And for drinking, no problem: they have a good choise Belgian bier and also some local : Chti or Goudale. (but those are not cheep) They are very friendly and helpful. There is also any tourist documents who's can you help...

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Arras Transportation

  • Very easy to go to Arras

    The Arras railway station. It have a big station in center of the city. You can came here from Lille, Paris, Brussels...The express trains stop here too ---oooOOOooo--- Arras est facile d'accès de part la gare située entre Bruxelles et Paris.Certains trains rapides (TGV et Thalis) s'y arrêtent aussi ---oooOOOooo---

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  • Train to Arras

    Arras is a very small town. Take any Arras-bound train from Paris, Gare du Nord train station. Most Eurostar outbound trains to London will stop at Arras too.

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Arras Local Customs

  • What to drink ?

    What to drink ? The typical drink for the northern region and Picardy is Amer Picon (although in places the apple cider will be preferred) This is Gaetan Picon of French origin but living in Belgium Philippeville who invented in 1837 the liquor pulling between 18 ° and 21 ° of alcohol. Usually served mixed with white wine and a little lemon...

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  • Freedom Tree

    Like many other French towns and cities, Arras has also its Arbre de la Liberté, a tree that was planted to commemorate the French revolution. This one dates of 1989 (the second centenary of the revolution).

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  • Les Géants

    Like many towns in Northern France, als Arras has its giants. Their names are Colas and Jacqueline and they were born in 1891, even if they had belonged to the popular tradition since 1812, when their names appeared in a song composed for a celebration in Arras.These two wicker manikins are 6.25 metres high and wear the clothes of 18th- and...

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Arras Off The Beaten Path

  • Bours Castle

    BOURS CASTLE Proud, indestructible, a such guard it takes care on this beautiful village, nested in his bosky bower. That stories it could tell us, crossing the fury of the men and time... Guided tours for the groups on go. The guided tours are free, they last of 1h with 1h15. ---oooOOOooo--- Fier et indestructible, ce témoin du passé veille,...

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  • Saint Jean Baptiste - inside: paintings

    This is the masterpiece of Saint Jean Baptiste: a Deposition by Pieter Paul Rubens, whose mannerism is evident in Christ's body, that looks green. I particularly love the blond Madeleine, painted with a lot of curves, in contrast with the stiffness of the other characters.Apart from Rubens's painting, worth remarking are also the painted windows of...

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  • Saint Jean Baptiste - inside:...

    The interior of Saint John the Baptist is very interesting from the architectural point of view. It consists of a nave with two aisles. Look at the two altars: the high altar with the statue of the Christ and the other altar with Mary and the Child.There is also an organ (though not a very beautiful one). However, what may already have caught your...

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Arras Sports & Outdoors

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    by wandeljp Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We used the GR 127 (long distence footpath ) . This trail go from Arras to Boulogne-Sur-Mer.
    The book we use (french writen) is Tours dans le Pas de Calais . It descrive the way . Give many useful informations: distances, possibilities (sleeping, eating, transportations,...) on the way.
    Also give a (short) information about the places you come along. Important is the maps (on 1/50000) where the trail is marked with a red line. The way is (good) marked with withe and red coulours.

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    Nous avons utilisé le Grande Randonnée GR127 : Ce sentier vous conduit de Arras à Boulogne sur Mer .

    Le topo-guide utilisé est écrit en Français et à pour titre "Tours en Pas de Calais".Outre une description du parcours à suivre , il vous donne un tas d'informations historiques mais également pratiques (hôtels, bus, distances...)

    Également d'une aide appréciable sont les cartes à l'échelle 1/50000 marquée du parcours à suivre. Le sentier est également (bien) marqué sur le terrain à l'aide de balises de couleurs blanches et rouges.

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    Equipment: You better use good walking boots , a good backpack, don't forget any food and drink. there are not possibilities every where.

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    Des bottines de marches sont grandement conseillées! Un bon sac au dos contenant un peu de nourriture, boissons et habits vous préservant de la pluie n'est également pas un luxe inutile car le ravitaillement n'est pas possible partout !

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  • UNESCO site since 2008

    The centre of Arras was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List along with other buildings and squares planned by Vauban in July 2008. See also this site, in French only.

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  • Nice cat

    This nice cat was looking at us from a window, so I photographed it. In the second pic, my mum appears next to the cat.

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  • Saint-Vaast - more spots

    Here you see more views of Saint-Vaast cathedral:1) an aisle of the church with a precious carpet against the wall;2) the orgue, which is not so beautiful as the church would deserve;3) the high altar;4) a memorial tablet dedicated to the one million soldiers of the British Empire who died during World War I and who mostly rest in France.

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