Arras Travel Guide

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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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  • Town hall and Belfry at Arras

    A wonderful complex of building with an impressive view upon entering the square of heroes or place des HérosThese are the Hotel de Ville and Beffroi. YOu can see them both , the belfry you go by an elevator/lift of 40 meters high, with a great view of the city. price is 2,80€ and the Town Hall has a guided tour to see the most beautiful rooms in...

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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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Arras Restaurants

  • great views and food at la paix Arras

    very nice cafe in the square with great views and people passing. It is a brasserie type ambiance with large menu choices, and city center Arras.you have all the classics with the view of the train station hussle across the street, and a wonderful terrace. menu du jour, the freshest on the day I stop by.large menu choices the terrace is wonderful

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  • great traditional provencal,Arras

    It was a heavy cold day and we were hungry, so we stop at this resto at passing; it was a great experience we always remember and have repeat.It has two dining rooms with provencal décorations to taste its pizzas in a friendly environment like family. I remember to post it and found the pictures as there was a poster coming to Paris from Colombia...

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  • 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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  • Delicious Chocolate Cakes and Puffs

    It is a little cafe in Place des Heros. During summer, you can sit along the aisle and sip a cup of coffee with a nicely decorated chocolate dessert. Every dessert is delicately decorated and you can see the effort put in to satisfy the eyes and tongue. I cant resist the chocolates :P They are closed on mondays. I like every cakes especially those...

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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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  • How to come in and out -Arras

    A very good train and bus station next to it each other right at city center its a great advantage for most. Arras has it.The station or gare is open on the counters from Mondays to Fridays from 7h to 20h, Saturdays from 8h to 20h and Sundays from 8h30 to 19h45. The regional site TER tells of all the schedules, and no need to purchase in advance...

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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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  • marché de Noel Arras

    Another Christmas market this one in Arras of all places has a huge one at Grand'Place. They start in late November day or two changes every year, this one is November 29th to Dec 29thYou have on weekends many musical encounters and plenty of chalets every day with goodies from all over France. Of course the Père Noël is there for the children and...

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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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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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    You know me: Walking of course

    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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    Tipe of indications you find on the way.
    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Budget Travel

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  • Walk Arras

    a wonderful old town of the nord, or north of France. Lots of history around it and Inside of it. From times inmemorials but especially from the WW'ssome history so you know the Streets you are walking on.Great war inflicts considerable damage to the heritage because the town was located less than 10 miles from the front, and it was the stake of...

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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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