Top 10 Things to do in Arras, France

November 7, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Arras in France, from Europe region, is best know for Cemeteries. Discover best things to do in Arras with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Arras

1. Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery

Arras, France
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery

Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery is in the western part of the town of Arras in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle, near the Citadel, approximately 2 Kms due west of the railway station. The GPS coordinates for the cemetery are 50.28670, 2.76057

Reviewed By winehills - Scotland Highlands

We drove out to the Memorial Brittanique with free and ample car parking. My partner found the name of his great uncle from the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, killed on 11 April 1917. The body was never found. His name was amongst thousands of others on one of the vast walls. The cemetery, like all that we visited, was in excellent condition with flowers between all the graves and guys cutting the lawns, even though the grass wasn't all that long. Top marks to the War Graves Commission (uk based, of course). Most moving. I walked around the vast cemetery Reading many of the inscriptions although some gravestones had no name for the incumbent. An insciption left at the grave of a 19 year old left by his mother, father sister and brother had me in tears.
10 minutes walk away is the Citadelle which is vast and now a UNESCO Heritage site. There is an execution wall within a section of the moat, which was chilling to visit.

2. Place des Heros

62000, Arras, France
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4.5 based on 284 reviews

Place des Heros

Reviewed By DavidC856 - Stirling, United Kingdom

The Place des Heros, seen on a damp weekday morning, is nothing special, but catch it as dusk, or later, and it comes alive. There are cafes and restaurants all round the square, and the parking is free at the weekend.

3. Wellington Tunnels, Memorial to the Battle of Arras

Rue Arthur Deletoille, 62000, Arras, France +33 3 21 51 26 95
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4.5 based on 913 reviews

Wellington Tunnels, Memorial to the Battle of Arras

Enter one of the most secret place of military history, and discover a real underground town, where more than 20 000 soldiers of the Commonwealth prepared the most surprising attack of WW1.

Reviewed By SirDickieHolland - Lichfield

Tours run at certain times, so I would recommend booking. It is quite moving to learn about the thousands of young men who gave their lives. Would definitely recommend a visit.

4. Carriere Wellington, Memorial de la Bataille d'Arras

Rue Arthur Deletoille, 62000, Arras, France +33 3 21 51 26 95
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4.5 based on 248 reviews

Carriere Wellington, Memorial de la Bataille d'Arras

Enter one of the most secret place of military history, and discover a real underground town, where more than 20 000 soldiers of the Commonwealth prepared the most surprising attack of WW1.

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This site is unique for the part it played in the first world war, in which tunnels were dug from Arras to the tunnels already in existence here, just in front of the German frontline. This feature was exploited in a surprise attack, meant to divert German attention. The attack was a success and resulted in the German frontline being pushed back 8 km. The main attack by the French failed however. Just because of the unique story, one has to visit this place. Still I felt a bit disappointed about the presentation. There some writings and drawings from WWI and WWII soldiers on the walls, which are quite nice. But for the most part the tour consists of movies being displayed in various caves, and one doesn't have to get into the tunnels to see a bunch of movies. I suppose real reenactors would be too expensive, but I hope they can at least provide some more variety in the presentations. Maybe holograms of soldiers will be possible in the near future.

5. Le Beffroi d'Arras

Place des Heros, 62000, Arras, France +33 3 21 71 07 34
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4.5 based on 475 reviews

Le Beffroi d'Arras

Reviewed By John B - Toronto, Canada

Le Beffroi (the Belfry) is located in the spectacular Hotel de Ville on Place des Heros. You access the tower through the tourist information office where you first need to pay the entrance fee (3.10 euros). You then descend to the basement to take the elevator. Unfortunately (for me, at least), you cannot take the stairs up or down. However, there are 41 steps from the top elevator platform to the observation deck (up a very narrow spiral staircase). The views from the top are great. It gives you an excellent perspective of the city and there are no bars or any other obstacles getting in the way of the views. It's definitely worth a visit and make sure if you're visiting on Sundays to avoid the period between 13:00 and 14:30 when it is closed.

6. Grand Place

Grand Place, Arras, France +33 3 21 51 26 95
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4.5 based on 982 reviews

Grand Place

Reviewed By Rexonaut - Belgium

It looked very similar to Flemish city's Grand Place's, but it did not have their charm. Big square and almost all buildings looked the same. Good spot for lunch snack and glass of beer or wine.

7. Musee de Beaux-Arts

22 rue Paul Doumer, 62000, Arras, France +33 3 21 71 26 43
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4.5 based on 225 reviews

Musee de Beaux-Arts

Reviewed By Ann C - Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom

There seems to b some refurbishment going on here ta the moment, so we probably didn't get the chance to see the whole collection but the temporary exhibition to commemorate the events in and around Arras in the Spring of 2017 was worthwhile on its own. The paintings by various war artists, official and unofficial, show such a wide variety of views and perceptions about the countryside and the people that any preconceived ideas of what like must have been like for the troops fighting on that front are immediately blown away. It is moving and could easily have been very depressing but you can see that some of the artists at least nurtured a glimmer of hope for the future. The exhibition is only on for a few weeks so if you are in the area, do,take opportunity to go and see it - and do take in the more permanent exhibits whilst you're there.

8. Citadel in Arras

Vauban | Vauban, 62000, Arras, France
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4 based on 138 reviews

Citadel in Arras

Reviewed By Fred F - Morpeth, United Kingdom

Designed by Vauban in the seventeenth century this is an important visit to make, but, be prepared to be emotionally moved by the French Resistance Execution Area at the rear. Having spent three days on the Somme Battlefields, it reminded us that leaders seem to learn nothing from history.

9. Office de Tourisme d'Arras

Place des Heros | Hotel de Ville, 62001, Arras, France +33 3 21 51 26 95
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Office de Tourisme d'Arras

Reviewed By MrsBsTravels - Hastings, United Kingdom

I've been in many tourist offices. This one is up there with the best! Lots of free literature about the area, nice amount of reasonably priced nik naks. Staff very helpful with an excellent standard of English. Clear system of queuing. Loved it!

10. Les Jardins de Sericourt

2 rue Dubois de Fosseux | Sericourt, 62000, Arras, France +33 3 21 03 64 42
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Les Jardins de Sericourt

Reviewed By LadyFranklyn - Salisbury

We went on a lovely sunny day and got there fairly early as apparently they close for lunch at 12 ! We went in the entrance/shop and there was nobody around. So don't forget to pull the bell outside and someone comes straight away.
The map was the most useful one we have ever had,but there is also a english version of the highlights of the garden. It really is an unique set of Gardens, the topiary of about 400 trees are fascinating.As are the masks that have somehow been made in some trees. It really has many different areas that will interest you. The huge rose arch will look great later on in the year.
I suppose the only drawback is that it is 10 euros each to get in, which in comparison with museums etc ,is quite dear

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