Top 10 Things to do in Calais, France

March 4, 2018 Osvaldo Hartline

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

1. Cite de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais

135 quai du Commerce, 62100, Calais, France +33 3 21 00 42 30
Excellent
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4.5 based on 260 reviews

Cite de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais

Established in Calais, inside an authentic nineteenth century lace factory, the Museum of Lace and Fashion is a specialist museum for the famous lace woven on looms. A museum of both fashion and industry, its vast galleries present the techniques, the lingerie and haute couture associated with this prestigious textile, as well as its most contemporary aspects. The high point of a visit to this important museum is to discover the lace weaving looms in operation, those monumental cast iron machines that produce this exceptional fabric.

Reviewed By MichaelWhinger - Banbury, United Kingdom

Visited here as part of a press trip and was blown away, excellent guided visit with first class explanation of the history of the Calais lace industry. Museum and exhibits all superbly presented with working machines producing lace, nice to see machines made in Nottingham

2. Town Hall

Place du Soldat Inconnu, 62100, Calais, France +33 3 21 46 62 00
Excellent
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4.5 based on 435 reviews

Town Hall

Reviewed By chawinflut - Florida, USA

This is a beautiful city hall. The tower climb has an interesting video presentation. You have the option to climb the tower or take the elevator. This time we decided to use the elevator up and the stairs down.
The viewing platform brings you very close to the fabulous statuary on the building. Yes, the view is wonderful. Being that close to the building details was amazing too.
Entrance takes you though the building a bit, so you get to see that too. Lovely

3. The Burghers of Calais

Place du Soldat Inconnu, 62100, Calais, France +33 3 21 46 62 00
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4.5 based on 260 reviews

The Burghers of Calais

Reviewed By paullegate - Luton, United Kingdom

In the grounds of the Town Hall is the Burghers of Calais sculpture which commemorates the siege and capture of Calais by the English during the Hundred Years' War. Auguste Rodin was commissioned to create the sculpture in 1884 and was completed in 1889. The sculpture is larger than life and is in a perfect setting in the Gardens of the Town Hall.

4. Calais Beach

Digue Gaston Berthe, Calais, France +33 6 19 67 89 72
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4 based on 590 reviews

Calais Beach

Reviewed By John B

This is one of my favourite Beaches and it's great both for children and adults. This year we were staying in Calais in october and even though it wasn't so warm it's definitely worth a visit.

5. Eglise Notre-Dame

Rue de Croy, 62100, Calais, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Eglise Notre-Dame

Reviewed By MKTBE - Topeka, Kansas

The Eglise Notre-Dame was on our short list of places to see while visiting in the Calais area of France. Our party was very disappointed that it was closed due to renovations late in 2014. We walked around the outside of the church, which is not particularly impressive. We also didn't feel completely safe in that area of town as there were groups of men congregating on many of the adjacent streets. Glad to hear that the renovations are complete and if in Calais again I would visit.

6. Second World War Museum (Musee de la Guerre)

Parc Saint Pierre, 62100, Calais, France +33 3 21 34 21 57
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4 based on 118 reviews

Second World War Museum (Musee de la Guerre)

Housed in a former German bunker, this museum holds a collection of items from all nationalities involved in the war.

Reviewed By JAMES P - Coatbridge, United Kingdom

France does the war museums well. I always find great interest in visiting, having a Grandfather who served in France in WW1 and three uncles who fought from D Day to Berlin in WW2 (All surviving).

7. Monument Yvonne et Charles De Gaulle

Calais, France
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4 based on 95 reviews

Monument Yvonne et Charles De Gaulle

Reviewed By paullegate - Luton, United Kingdom

The monument to Yvonne and Charles De Gaulle is located next to Tour du Guet in Place d’Armes in Calais. Charles De Gaulle married Yvonne Vendroux who was born in Calais, their wedding was in the Notre-Dame church which is a short distance from Place d’Armes itself. The monument was unveiled in 2013 as a tribute to the couple and is a charming addition to a mostly uninspiring square.

8. P&O Ferries Dover - Calais

Terminal Car Ferry, 62100, Calais, France +44 1304 448866
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4 based on 741 reviews

P&O Ferries Dover - Calais

Reviewed By Duerds5 - Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

Decent quick crossing over the border however passport control coming back is a joke! Long delays without information!

9. Calais Lighthouse

Place Henri Barbusse, 62100, Calais, France +33 3 21 35 35 67
Excellent
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4 based on 88 reviews

Calais Lighthouse

Reviewed By paullegate - Luton, United Kingdom

Calais Lighthouse is an impressive structure and important landmark which is nestled amongst residential blocks near the Port of Calais. The octagonal lighthouse started operating in 1848 after a directive from King Loius-Philippe to improve French ports. It is used as a navigational aid to ships and Ferries using the Straits of Dover and is impossible to miss on the approach into Calais Port.

10. Tour du Guet

Place d'Armes, 62100, Calais, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Tour du Guet

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

When we parked nearby the place D'armes, we saw a lovely square. We were looking for the restaurant we had booked for. While we were walking, I was attracted by attractions of many Fountains. Its light kept on changing, once red, another time green and yellow.
It's then that I noticed the Tour du Guet. I became quite fascinated about it, as it was quite attractive, thanks to the lights covering the whole tower! It could be seen that it was quite old, a 13th century watchtower indeed. Wow!
I discovered that in the 16th century there was an earthquake that split the watchtower in two. It seemed that the tower was going to collapse, but it didn't. A few years later, they repaired the tower and it still stands proudly today.
It was fun to explore all the nooks of that tower. I enjoyed that very much. Quite worthwhile!

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